Last night was the final installment in this year’s Cinemania Weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse. As part of the festivities, it featured a double feature of Escape from New York and The Warriors. For the latter, it was a special, 25th anniversary reunion presentation for the Walter Hill cult classic. In attendance were a few of the stars, including lead Michael Beck. Fanboys arrived early at the Alamo theater, some decked out in their favorite costumes from the film. In the lobby of the theater, the stars set up shop to sign posters, T-shirts, and DVDs.
I hung out at the screening with the troika of Charlie, Bryan, and Cassie. Charlie and Bryan used to work with us at SXSW, and currently, Charlie hosts local TV sensation The Show With No Name and Bryan is making the festival rounds (Slamdance, Florida, Gen Art, etc.) with his debut feature Dear Pillow. We just sort of sat back and watched the fanboy insanity ensue as these Warriors fanatics came in from all over Texas to take part.
Inside the auditorium, the trailers began to roll. Now, Alamo Drafthouse trailers are unlike any other, because Alamo Drafthouse events are unlike any other. For example, we watched trailers hyping such upcoming excursions as the “Ultimate Caddyshack Experience,” where you get to play a round of golf and watch the classic comedy. Plus, there’s an upcoming outdoor screening of Deliverance that includes a canoe ride, roast pig, and a special appearance by one of the film’s fabled “sodomites.” The most anticipated event, at least for the Warriors crowd, seems to be a special June 13 screening of the entire Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen straight-to-video canon, in honor of their 18th birthday. To top that off, girls legally named Mary-Kate (“not Ashley,” as the trailer stresses) will be allowed free admission.
Anyway… the screening of The Warriors went off very well. There was a costume contest, a special on bottles of beer (so that audience members could “interact” with the legendary bottle scene), and a fun Q&A. Among the die-hard fan questions were such pressing issues as: “Why didn’t the gangs ever just take a cab?” or “Will there ever be a Warriors video game?” The answers being that they were broke street gangs and maybe so, respectively.
All in all, a nice end to Austin’s Cinemania Weekend. No rumbles, at least not in the Alamo. Can you dig it?