On June 27, 2007, a chapter in Austin’s movie-watching history will come to an end. The world-famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, on 409 Colorado Street, will shut its doors for the last time. Now, wait and hold on… I’ve spoken with many a film fan who think this means the original Alamo team and spirit is also shutting its doors. It is not. The Alamo crew will pick up and move to its new downtown location, at the old Ritz Theater on nearby 6th Street. As sad as it will be to see the original location close, the new location is news everyone seems pleased about. So, the mourning should be muted… a little. I still have super-fond memories of the original downtown Alamo Drafthouse, and I’ll miss it, personally. Professionally, the original Alamo is truly one of the reasons the SXSW Film Festival gained so much momentum so quickly. People love coming to it, filmmakers love showing films at it. But, the state of the Alamo is very strong and healthy.
That said, the Alamo team has plotted a series of big events to climax all the memories of this original destination. The entire month of June is littered with special occasions, some of which have already happened and some are right around the corner. The venue’s final night, June 27, will showcase a suitable triple-feature of trademark Alamo cinema loving. Click here for the details, courtesy of Alamo chief Tim League, and get ready to spend a little more than two weeks making new memories before we all start living at the Alamo Ritz.