Forget the Coke-stained multiplex, the shameless cesspools of texters and talkers. You no longer have to endure those chirpy offers to supersize the syrupy soda and leaden popcorn. No way babies at the late show, not tonight! In this week’s issue, we sing the praises of eight movie theaters who deserve your loyalty. But there’s been perhaps no one more visionary in redefining the theater experience than Alamo Drafthouse Founder Tim League, who opened his first theater in Austin, Texas back in 1997. (Today there are nine other locations across Texas, plus one in Virginia.)
“Tim makes s— awesome,” says Aaron Hillis, the program director of Brooklyn’s similarly awesome reRun Theater. “He understands value and showmanship. He gives people a real excuse to want to be in the dark with the collective mass instead of watching a DVD at home.” Fans flock not just for the good eats and rounds of Shiner the servers bring to you throughout the movie. It’s the crazy beautiful encyclopedic love of film that runs reel-like through the blood of Drafthouse enthusiasts. Herewith League presents his top five favorite signature events from the Alamo Drafthouse’s storied history. Robosaurus in the house? Bring it. A celebration of underwater Nazi zombie movies? Take it away, dude.