The Alamo Drafthouse Best Place to Enjoy a Movie Without Talking and Texting!

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The Alamo Drafthouse Best Place to Enjoy a Movie Without Talking and Texting!

I love going to the movies, always have. Back in the last century, as a child, I used to go to the movies every Saturday morning with friends and we would watch the movie several times until the ushers would kick us out to begin that afternoon matinee. I was hooked from the beginning and went through different phases involving monster movies, war movies, Three Stooges and other wacked comedies up to the day we stayed for our first afternoon movie, Porgy and Bess. Yeah...and even though I was seven years old at the time. I loved it. I saw my first Fellini film at age 12 and movies just became more than a serious hobby. Later in life I also studied film making but honestly my favorite directors skewed wildly from Fellini to Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, David Lynch, Woody Allen, Luis Buñuel, Werner Herzog...wait stop! There are way too many to mention and frankly to say that I am a movie buff is putting it mildly. And though I did not become a film director I turned out to be more than a movie buff but a fan of the entire movie experience. After all, I think fan is short for fanatic!

In 1997, my brother, who was a wholesale food broker here in Austin, told me about a couple who were opening a new movie theater where you could enjoy a movie along with dinner and a bar. What a concept! He was helping them with a menu and supplies and everything that goes in to a restaurant but this one was located in a movie theater. I don't know about you but it can be a hassle to try and sneak "alien food items" into a movie and a six pack? Not impossible but extremely difficult! Now a person could attend a movie, order very good food (this is key at the Alamo Drafthouse, it's not just blah fare) and even get service for adult beverages. The new theater opened as The Alamo Drafthouse and took off in a nice fashion. Austin being a town where new concepts and many offbeat ideas can find a following was the perfect place for the theater to grow! The theater began to draw a consistent and loyal crowd of patrons for all kinds of movies.

The Alamo Drafthouse was not only a place for movies dinner and drinks but the owners were also avid movie fans! They took movies (and the movie experience) seriously. And despite Netflix, online movie streaming, pay per view and all the other ways a person can enjoy a film, there is no duplicating sitting in a theater, lights down, silver screen bigger than life and just losing yourself in the experience. For those who watch movies on a computer, iPad or even an iphone...I don't get it, it just does not work for me and I am not alone. The theater regularly sponsors all sorts of theme movie events and other activities that consistently set them apart from any other movie experience you will ever encounter. If you have yet to check them out, do so soon. The original theater has expanded to several more in a small chain that is now in other cities other than Austin.

One of the very best things about movies at The Alamo Drafthouse is a no tolerance policy for talking, texting and any other activity that disturbs the movie for the patrons. To that end, people who act inappropriately are warned and then if that does not work are politely asked to LEAVE! Recently, this happened and the irate patron called the Box Office and left a scathing message. The owners of the Alamo Drafthouse, kept the recording and turned it into a video clip that now airs before each movie as a warning that they are serious about talking, texting and any other actions that would interfere with a movie experience. Now the video has gone viral and has turned out to be yet another boon for this great theater chain. Check it out below, I have used the censored version but will let you make your own assessment of the caller and her complaint...

 

 

 

...Yeah...I know what you are thinking and we can just leave it at that! Well wait a minute, I actually I cracked up at the comment that every other theater in Austin had no problem with rude and inconsiderate patrons...yeah right! The Alamo Drafthouse is just another one of the things that help keep Austin weird and wonderful at the same time. My name is Russell Lewis, Austin is my home and I love almost everything about our often weird but always fun city. I have twenty years experience assisting buyers and sellers in Austin's finest neighborhoods. I am not all things to all people and concentrate the majority of my business in Central, West and Southwest Austin and the Westlake/Eanes School District. If you or anyone you know is anticipating purchasing or selling real estate and would like to learn more about living The Good Life in Austin Texas. I would be happy to be of assistance. Email or call my mobile listed below for a private consultation at your convenience!

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I am on my way.  I have ZERO tolerance for talking, texting, etc. in the movies.  Imaging sitting in a tiered movie theater with all the phones lighting up around you.  The Alamo Drafthouse is definitely for me.

June 12, 2011 10:16 PM
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It is one of the most annoying things to have to deal with a person that does not respect the people around them and think they are the most important person going.

June 13, 2011 07:32 AM
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Hi Russell - that is awesome that the Alamo Drafthouse actually takes a stand and has rules about texting. I think it is so rude in some places. And that girls comments . . . wow!! Wonder how old she is? 

June 13, 2011 11:39 AM
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Hi everyone, I really like all of the comments and appreciate everyone contributing to the discussion. I will be back this evening to reply!
June 13, 2011 12:11 PM
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Allysoun Musslewhite
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Oh Russell, this is such a HOOT! I cannot believe the mouth on that girl and think it's so funny that The Alamo Drafthouse turned it into their own public service announcement

Good for them!

June 13, 2011 02:15 PM
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This place souns awesome...I wish it were in my neighborhood!

June 14, 2011 08:14 PM
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I loved it!! They know what they're doing and how cool that they made a bad situation into a funny one!

June 14, 2011 11:08 PM
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Russell - I'm having a lazy Friday morning and catching up on featured posts I missed during a hectic week.  I'm glad I read this one!

June 17, 2011 11:43 AM
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Hi Russell!   Ha ha ha ... funny post!   Keep Austin Weird!!!!

Hope life is going well for you!!

June 17, 2011 01:26 PM
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Russell  I saw that again last week on one of ou rlocal stations

June 20, 2011 04:41 PM
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That video is hilarious!  But I like the theater concept.  Your town sounds like a fun place alright.  Now what about those prize winning peaches... when are we going to hear about them?

June 20, 2011 11:06 PM
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Russel, highly entertaining post on all levels. My husband tells me I'd like Austin - I know I'd like the the Alamo Drafthouse. People who talk, text or do anything to distract us from the show ought to be "ousted." Glad to have stumbled upon your blog - good writing and topics. I'm a new subscriber. (Plus you're a fellow runner!)

June 21, 2011 08:29 PM
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July 04, 2011 12:48 PM
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Hi Russell,

What a wonderful business to have in your community.  I would be there every week.

July 05, 2011 10:38 PM
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Dear Russell,

Another great post as usual! I have been a fan of the Alamo for about  15 years. Its hard to think it has been that long, but I am always an early adopter for something great! thanks & keep up the great job!

Betina

July 13, 2011 12:40 PM
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Missing you, Russell!  Hope you're having a great week...it's time for a phone call!!  What works for you?

July 16, 2011 12:15 PM
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FYI-Just in case your thinking about trying the Violet Crown, check out my Yelp review first. your best bet is to stay with the Alamo!! They do it right!!

July 16, 2011 03:18 PM
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Russell, Love Alamo Drafthouse and love Quirky Austin. My hairdresser's salon has a no cell phone zone policy. Really people, take a break.

July 23, 2011 11:01 PM
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The last time I actually went to a theater to watch a movie was December 13, 2002. And how do I remember that? I looked in Wikipedia under "Last time Russel Ray went to a movie theater." However if YOU want to find that entry, you need to type in "Star Trek" and then scroll down to the Star Trek movies.

August 31, 2011 03:24 PM
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Good morning Russell,

This is a great idea!  I need to find out if they've expanded to CA.

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