Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slo-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $9, you get two tickets (up to an $19 value) to selected Sunday–Thursday screenings after 9 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, good for the Lake Creek and Village locations. These tickets are valid for screenings priced under $10, except for features that have yet to run for two weeks.
Named one of the "10 Theatres Doing It Right" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse 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 an environment that minimizes disruption. Treat your date or your tax attorney to late-night screenings of beloved cult favorites, such as the recent showing of the heart-warming classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Each theater is organized with alternating rows of seats and bench-style tables stocked with menus (click for Lake Creek or Village menus), paper, and pencils. Viewers have the option of ordering an assortment of delicious eats—which are not priced-up to accommodate first-run costs—from a philly cheesesteak sandwich ($9.99) to a "Moonstruck" margherita pizza ($9.99).
Entertainment Weekly mentioned the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema franchise in its "10 Theatres Doing It Right" article, and a Fandango blog awarded the theater as the Best Overall Theatrical Experience. Citysearchers and 260 Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars. More than 4,600 Facebookers like the theater, and 91% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- One of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences…Movie-geek heaven. – Entertainment Weekly
- Hands down…the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, are on a level unto themselves when it comes to unique and truly inspiring movie programming and presentation. From the themed menus to the cool trailers to the special features and the sheer love of film espoused by the management and the patrons, there is just nothing else like it in America. – Chuck Walton, Fandango
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."