Movies in Central East Austin

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Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. Alamo’s ninja servers pick up written food and drink orders throughout the movie and serve moviegoers directly at their seat. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.

Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it “one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,” and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."

320 E 6th St.
Austin,
TX
US

After restoring a cluster of vintage theater speakers that he bought on eBay, Josh Frank used them to launch Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in the middle of Texas' capital city. At the retro cinematic establishment, Frank and his staff beckon moviegoers to cool their car or jetpack engines while immersing themselves in feel-good flicks, many of which are time-tested pop-culture favorites such as E.T. and The Karate Kid. Two car hostesses stay on-hand to add to the nostalgic ambience, whisking concessions such as hot dogs, nachos, and pretzels to trays perched in open car windows or inside the mouths of especially hungry visitors.

2326 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin,
TX
US

Step 1. Purchase your Groupon using the buy button on this page.Step 2. Locate your redemption code, which differs from the Groupon number and can be found in the center of the voucher. The voucher is viewable in the mobile app or by going to My Groupons (or to My Gifts if you are giving this as a gift*) and clicking the print link.Step 3. Visit redemption page and enter the redemption code located in the center of your Groupon into the "Redeem" field. After verifying the item is correct, enter the redemption code again in the "Discount Code" field. Step 4. Enjoy!

1800 Congress Avenue
Austin,
TX
US

FillaseatAustin nabs unsold tickets for events at Austin entertainment venues, then offers them to members online for free. The national 19-location seat-filling service, exclusive to residents 18 and older including Austin, stuffs an online database with tickets to events as they become available. Members log on to browse and reserve tickets for whatever piques their fancy, from concerts and theater productions to family and sporting events. Since the database is a 24/7 land-grab, members rush in to snatch up the bills of entry, sometimes scoring tickets for a show that same day.

Members can bring any guest they'd like, picking up tickets at the venue's will-call window. Check the website for frequently asked questions as well as the policies and terms of membership.

600 Congress Avenue
Austin,
TX
US

A. Michael Baldwin's film career began as a teenager when he had starring roles in films such as Kenny & Company and Phantasm. Now an adult, he's stepped behind the camera at My First Music Video, where he yields the spotlight to the next generation of young talent.

Each session begins in the recording studio, where singers lay down vocals on a track of their choice while Michael's team captures candid behind-the-scenes footage.

Once the song is ready to go, video stars film a performance inside My First Music Video's studio, which is furnished with a choice of backdrops. Next, the singer and Michael's crew film scenes at up to four indoor or outdoor locations. Approximately 10 days after the four-hour shoot, Michael sends a final cut of the high-definition clip, rather than projecting the video into the night sky to summon all talent agents.

3317 Manor Rd.
Austin,
TX
US