If you haven’t heard The Alamo DraftHouse has arrived in Kansas City, Mo! From the responses we received about the announcements, some of you still don’t know why this is the greatest thing to happen since the invention of film. So, here are five reasons why The Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest place in the world!
5. The Royale With Cheese: You don’t have to go to Paris to enjoy this tasty burger, and every year it is at the top of my list when I am in Austin. While The Royale with Cheese is my favorite item on the Drafthouse menu, it is all the food that deserves to be discussed. The Drafthouse doesn’t look at the addition of a meal as a way to get more money out of you. The menu is crafted by people who care and want to deliver not only a great movie, but food as well. This isn’t the gas station menu you may have endured in other Theater eateries, it is the real deal.
The best part is that you don’t have to pay a premium to enjoy it, all the food is served to every seat in the house. Why would you want to pay more to see a movie for the option of eating crappy food? Well now you don’t have to. I almost forgot… They have alcohol too! Gone are the days of sneaking rum into your coke to enjoy Resident Evil, now someone will bring it to you. Great food, a good beer, and a movie how can you go wrong?
4. A Staff That Cares About Film: Have you always dreamed of having a conversation about Ash making Beretta shotgun ammo off-
3. Signature Events: For most this is the reason they keep coming back to the Drafthouse. Not only do they show the latest and greatest in cinema they put more thought into your ticket price. If I had never visited the Drafthouse I can safely say that we would have never hosted a single event. There would be no Sex Bob-Omb cover bands, no presentation of Lost in a movie theater, we would have just hosted pre-screening events. If imitation is the biggest form of flattery, then we love the hell out of the Alamo Drafthouse!
They started it all, cap guns in action films, Mondo presents a zombie apocalypse bus ride before Dawn of the Dead, and respect for the greatest filmmakers all over the world. If you made a film you want it to play at a Drafthouse, and you hope they ask you to be apart of a Quote Along one day. If you have ever been to a film festival, you can testify to the electricity in the air. That experience happens every night at the Alamo, It is more than showing great films, it is about showing great films with the people who love them.
2. The Highball: For those of you that don’t know The Highball is a bar and it just might be the coolest bar in the world. Yes, it has bowling, private karaoke rooms, and vintage arcade games, but that’s not what makes it amazing. The thing that makes The Highball so great is its community, a community built on the backbone of The Alamo Drafthouse.
For most film fans they go to the theater see a film and discuss how great or horrible it was on the drive home, that’s where the conversation ends. They may get on a forum and talk about the details of the movie, but they don’t have a place to go to talk film. While you won’t be getting a Highball what you will receive is a home to be a film nerd and be surrounded by people who want to talk movies.
There are sports bars for baseball fanatics, and music venues for vinyl heads, but film fans have no place to call home. With the Drafthouse you get that and that is why the Highball is my number two reason why you need to be excited about The Drafthouse. You’ll finally have that place to discuss film without taking a class and signing up to a forum.
1. No Talking Allowed: If you’re more than a casual movie goer there is nothing worse than someone talking or texting during the film, and the Drafthouse’s no tolerance policy to the issue is what made them famous. With warnings delivered by fan favorite actors and directors you will never again have to worry about wasting your money when walking into a theater full of hyped up teens, The Drafthouse is not a babysitter. They got their funny warning and if they break the rules, they are gone. There was a point in my life where I had given up on the local movie theater, I’d decided that my basement was the only place to see a movie the way I want to, with no interruption. The Drafthouse changed all of this and gave me hope.
Not only will a no talk policy bring film fans in, but you can relay on a crew that knows what they are doing. The films won’t be out of focus, the correct ratio will be in place, and it will sound great. While The Drafthouse isn’t for everyone, you can sit calmly knowing that if it is for you, those other people are over at AMC.
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By Ryan Davis