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 to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (up to an $18 value). Your Groupon is good at the Mason Park and West Oaks locations. All shows are 18 and up—anyone younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. An additional charge of $3 per ticket applies for 3-D movies.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers a high-quality movie-going 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 your tax attorney 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.
Entertainment Weekly recently bestowed Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with Best Overall Theatrical Experience in its "10 Theatres Doing it Right" article, and Fandango featured the theater on one of its blogs. The Houston Press calls the Drafthouse's West Oaks location the Best Movie Theater with Dinner in town. Seven Citysearchers give it an average of 4.5 stars, Yelpers give it four stars, and 93% of more than sixty Urbanspooners give two thumbs up to their dinner-and-a-flick fusion.
- One of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences…Movie-geek heaven. – Entertainment Weekly
- 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
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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."