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One Weird Wednesday: Last Night at the Alamo

One Weird Wednesday: Last Night at the Alamo

Wednesday night was the final night of the original location of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. From Thursday on, the 409 Colorado St. location will begin shedding its Alamo facade and charm, while all eyes move to the new Alamo Downtown location: at the Ritz on 6th Street. The “Last Night at the Alamo” was a fun and somewhat emotional evening, as a family of regulars tried to soak in all the atmosphere of a theater we’ve called home for a decade. The evening’s bill was a triple-feature, which I’ll discuss more in a bit, which was peppered by vintage trailers from signature Alamo Downtown events.

Perhaps one of the coolest surprises came when, before the final film of the night, a special video greeting was projected on the screen. It featured directors Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) and Peter Jackson (King Kong) riffing off one another on the roof of a building, wishing the Alamo Downtown a fond farewell. They each portrayed one another (as the directors of Hot Buns and Lovely Monkey Bones) and waxed nostalgic about their various trips to the Alamo. It was a really amusing clip that I hope winds up on YouTube. But, for now, here are my last-ever photos from inside the original Alamo Downtown:

(Alamo chefs and waiters use the lobby as preparation for the dessert course to accompany the screening of Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci’s ‘Big Night.’)

(If you’re a filmmaker and ever had a film screen at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown during SXSW, odds are you’ve met and worked with Wayne Olkowski. Here’s SXSW Theater Manager master Wayne, shedding a tear at the bottom of the Alamo stairs on Wednesday.)

(Blogger/actor/filmmaker Wiley Wiggins, left, chats with Alamo programmer Kier-La Janisse in the lobby of the Drafthouse. Sad news: Kier-La will be moving back to Canada in October.)

(The audience adorned in souvenir hard hats, for the SENSURROUND screening of the cheeseball disaster-epic ‘Earthquake,’ on Wednesday. With total glee, Alamo owner Tim League wanted to shake and quake the building for his obnoxious, clubbing neighbors. Debris actually fell from the ceiling, in safe amounts, and a lightbulb was shaken to break on the ground.)

(Alamo co-founder and co-owner Tim League addresses the crowd, one last time from the original stage.)

(The final film of the night was William Asher’s ‘Night Warning,’ which screened as the final “Weird Wednesday” selection for the original Alamo. “Weird” curator Lars Nilsen, seated right, greeted ‘Night Warning’ star Susan Tyrrell who offered a somewhat incoherent rant on how she doesn’t read scripts and how she hates this film in particular. She cut the introduction short, threw her microphone into the crowd and rolled off to “get a drink” followed by Wiley Wiggins. The energetic Tyrrell lost her legs due to a rare blood disease, almost 10 years ago.)

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