Sunset Bowling Lanes opened in 1959 with 24 solid-wood lanes and a stockpile of miniature pencils to keep track of spares and strikes. The alley has since upgraded to computerized scoring systems while also maintaining the charm of classic tenpin entertainment. In addition to its open bowling and league opportunities, Sunset Bowling Lanes hosts events such as college nights—which provide students with discounts so they can save up for books or exam mulligans—and keeps its patrons fueled for the eternal turkey hunt with burgers and drinks from the snack bar.
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.
Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson have spent years in the entertainment industry as producers, filmmakers, and audience members. After taking on all these roles at film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and Doha Tribeca, they decided to give that same kind of exposure to a different media—television. With help from an advisory board assembled from professional producers, studio executives, directors, writers, and actors, they celebrate the small screen's history and future at the annual ATX Television Festival. Over the course of three days, festival coordinators screen celebrated current seasons, never-aired pilots, prematurely canceled series, and cult favorites—many followed by Q&A sessions or choral renditions of the show's ending credits with creators and cast. In addition to screenings, industry professionals gather for multiple daily panels on topics ranging from women in television to alternative production outlets. These same celebrity guests, spanning producers, directors, actors, and writers, also mingle with visitors during scheduled meet-and-greets. Visitors can break from the television-centric main events for live music sets and secret happy hours to coax the shier beers out of their taps.
Marketplace Cinema's 12 screening rooms delight audiences with a rotating selection of Hollywood's latest cinematic confections. State-of-the-art Sony 4K projectors quadruple the number of pixels in each image, sharpening images of billowing explosions, tender kisses, and dolphin slap-fights. A kitted-out concession area includes delectable snacks as well as fermented libations for of-age patrons.
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.
Far from the typical movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse subverts the industry standard by offering locally brewed beverages, a rotating snack menu, and an advertisement-free experience. Theater-goers can sip on wine and themed specialty cocktails while enjoying the custom shows that run before the feature in place of ads. Alamo Drafthouse projects first-run blockbusters and cult classics from crisp 35mm or digital film onto the silver screen, as surround sound submerges audiences in the cinematic experience. The theater's enormous shepherd's crook enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy, with the notable exception of fan-centric Quote-Along nights.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers a high-quality moviegoing experience with a clever marriage of talking pictures, delicious eats and drinks, and notorious anti-cell-phone vigilance. Featuring first-run films as well as independent works, the cinema’s concept combines theater with dining in a casual environment of classic movie décor, stonily accented walls, and stamped concrete floors for extra easy walking. Treat your date or a friend accidentally glued to your elbow to one of a variety of films from some of the top movie studios. Each theater is organized with alternating rows of seats and bench-style tables stocked with menus, paper, and pencils. Viewers have the option of ordering premium beers, wines, and an assortment of delicious eats—which are not priced-up to accommodate first-run costs—from a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and a Moonstruck margherita pizza to pecan pie and Milk Duds.