On Friday night, Jarren and I headed to the Peacock for some drinks (after dinner at Lambert’s, the new downtown comfort-food spot). Up at the cozy Peacocktail bar, we ran into Alamo Drafthouse co-founder Tim League who was in attendance with his wife (Alamo co-founder Karrie) and some friends. Tim was just back in town after a quick jaunt in the Southeast, and we had to corner him with questions about the recently announced closing of the original Alamo location on 4th and Colorado.
In our brief chat, Tim clarified more about the plans for the new downtown Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz (taking over the old rock club), including:
– The Ritz location will indeed feature two theaters, one programmed with first-run features (making it the only downtown Austin screen of its kind) and the other programmed with the famous vintage/genre/event selections that currently fill up the original Alamo.
– The last night of the original downtown Alamo (late June) will be an emotional and debaucherous affair. Based on some of what Tim predicts, I can say that everyone should try to be there. Plus, it will also be the 10th anniversary celebration of the theater that started it all.
– The curbside pizza vendor (“Heavy Metal Pizza”) that is attached to the Ritz, will remain, and be operated by the fine folks of the Alamo.
– Tim has no idea (and if you ask me, why would he care?) what will become of the 4th and Colorado location after the Alamo leaves.
– Ritz operator Bob Woody is not scheduled to be involved with the new Alamo location.
So, with all of that and more details to come, anyone who has never been to the original downtown Alamo Drafthouse, better get themselves over there soon! We’re talking about a piece of Austin’s recent movie history.