REMEMBER THE ALAMO
This year I attended SXSW for the first time (embarassingly), and, as a juror for the Narrative Competition, spent a lot of time at the famed Alamo Downtown Cinema and Drafthouse. I watched a lot of their really fun trailer reels, ate a bunch of their burgers and chicken sandwiches, and wound up really getting off on the place’s hip calendar-house/movie fan palace vibe.
I guess I should be glad I made it down there this year because, as this article in Ain’t It Cool News reveals, Austin’s Alamo Downtown is soon to be no more due to the typical culprit — an exired lease and rising rent. The Alamo will be moving to the nearby Ritz theater which will receive a makeover, including “plush VIP seating,” but it certainly seems like some kind of end of an era.
If you live in Austin, the Alamo has planned a number of special screenings for the last three month’s of its existence, so check them out.