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Quint says good-bye to the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I was 16 years old when I first climbed the stairs of the Alamo Drafthouse. I don’t think they’d been open very long. This was sometime in 1997. My first movie was PULP FICTION, a film I had seen first run back in 1994. I remember I was worried that they wouldn’t let me in. I had been kicked out of screenings and parties at SXSW because I was only 16 and these places served alcohol. I talked my step-dad into taking me down to the Alamo Drafthouse for the midnight showing. He walked me up and told them it was okay for me to watch the movie. The ticket taker, if I remember correctly, didn’t really care as long as I had the black Xs marked on my hands so the waiters wouldn’t serve me booze. From that moment on, I lived at the Alamo. I’m a bit ashamed to say that in the last few years I’ve spent less time at the Alamo than I wanted to, but since becoming an editor for this site I’ve had less time to spend there. That's not to say I haven't been going. I'm sure I've at least averaged once a week in recent years, but for the first four or five years, I was there at every midnight revival screening, every special event and even the second run shows. I think I saw THE MATRIX and SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT at least a dozen times on the big screen thanks to those two playing back to back for a month there. I’ve discovered many films at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown and saw some of my all time favorites on the big screen for the first time. Keep in mind that the Alamo Downtown existed in the very, very early days of DVD and the only time I’d ever seen vintage films projected beforehand was at Austin Film Society film retrospectives (usually the more serious fare) and the Summer film series at the Paramount theater (Hitchcock, 70mm stuff, etc). Being a horror movie nut, the Alamo’s willingness to play everything from EVIL DEAD to FRIDAY THE 13TH to OLD DARK HOUSE to CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST was the most beautiful place in the world.

Tim and Karrie League put their all into the programming, pushing the boundaries of showmanship. Going from regular 2nd run screenings to ‘80s classics to 3-D presentations to silent films with live music score. I saw Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS, Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL, Lon Chaney’s THE UNKNOWN and Murnau’s NOSFERATU with live score. I was also there for the birth of the Alamo’s Weird Wednesday series. It all started because Tim got a line on some film storage depot that held hundreds upon hundreds of film prints, all from the drive-in circuits. He took a U-Haul and came back with an incredible collection of forgotten films. He started running them for friends and regulars after hours. Some of these prints were really damaged, missing reels, beet red, warped, scratched beyond repair. He said he didn’t want to put them on the schedule because of these factors. Hell, some of them were mislabeled, so he’d think he was showing a ‘70s women in prison movie and a random European sex film from the ‘60s would pop up. It was a really magical time of discovery for a film geek. You never knew what you were in for because the people running the films weren’t even sure what they were running. I don’t recall how long it ran like that. It could have been a month or two. It could have been less or more. Gradually more and more people began showing up and Tim realized he could run the movies for free, find a late show. Thursday-Saturdays had midnight screenings, so he picked Wednesday. A free entry with an understanding that the print might be choppy or not even the movie listed on the schedule. That way he could still sell beer and food. Harry’s been able to plan many huge events with the Alamo, most of which you guys know about. I’ve had my hands in about half a dozen screenings over the years. My own personal print of CRITTERS has played twice, but the two big screenings I’ve held were for some of my favorite ‘80s flicks. One was SLEEPAWAY CAMP, one of the best slasher flicks of all time. Low budget, cheesy, over-the-top, but with one of the best endings ever recorded to celluloid. I was able to get the director and two of the main cast, including Angela herself, Ms. Felissa Rose. The second, and my personal favorite, was the very first reunion screening of MONSTER SQUAD, with Andre Gower, Ashley Banks, Ryan Lambert and director Fred Dekker. Two sold out shows on Easter Weekend. That screening sparked many more reunion screenings across the country and ultimately led to the DVD finally coming out at the end of this month.

I trust Tim and Karrie and I trust that the Alamo at the Ritz will be incredible, but that doesn’t help my depression at the closing of the Alamo Downtown. I know it’s just a building, a space, but that space held magic. I love the other Alamos. All of them are uniquely cool, but none of them have that magic, that sense of history, that the Downtown did. But the final night was about as perfect a send-off as the Downtown could get. The programming summed up the Alamo Drafthouse. Three movies, each shown with that special Alamo twist. You had the great movie, BIG NIGHT with full five-course gourmet meal to mirror the awesome Italian food on display in the flick. You can’t get any less exploitationy than BIG NIGHT, which is perfect because the Alamo might love its exploitation, but it's never been about JUST the exploitation. Great cinema has always had a home there. Gordon Jones runs in the AICN circle. He’s a talented artist…. He designed and executed the last couple BNAT posters. He did up a beautiful piece that he gave to Tim and Karrie to commemorate the original location. I wish I could have gotten a better picture of it, but here’s the moment the Leagues were presented with the art:

I understand it’s getting a place of honor at the Ritz. Great job, Gordon. The second feature was EARTHQUAKE shown in Sensurround. They brought in huge subwoofers, giant stacks of speakers powered by 50,000 watts of rumble. The goal was to give a big “fuck you” to the neighboring clubs that have routinely annoyed us with their bass thumping during Weird Wednesday, Terror Thursday or any of their regular programming. There was a genuine fear that they were going to shake the place the loose. The Alamo staff and patrons were given hard hats before the screening in case the ceiling tiles were vibrated out during the Earthquake scenes. And we needed them, too.

I hadn’t seen the movie and I still haven’t seen the very first tremor sequence. I was in the theater, of course, but I spent most of that sequence looking up at the ceiling as dust particles filtered down. I happened to be sitting underneath the video projector (for pre-show stuff) mounted to the ceiling, so for those first few minute I was eyeballin’ that. I wanted enough warning to duck underneath the wooden table if that fucker came crashing down.

As it were, the only thing that came close to being serious during the screening was a loose tile that dislodged… it didn’t fall, but if it had, it would have crushed Harry like the wicked witch he is.

The print was faded, many reels warped, causing the focus to shift a bit, but 50k or more wattage and a crowd totally into the experience made it better than any newly struck or remastered print playing at some retrospective somewhere. The third film, the final film ever to grace the genuine silver screen at 4th and Colorado, was the immortal Weird Wednesday discovery that most called NIGHT WARNING, but it’ll always be known as BUTCHER BAKER NIGHTMARE MAKER, the title it was originally listed at, to me. And it came with a special guest. Susan “SuSu” Tyrrell herself. In BUTCHER BAKER she plays the most psychotic creepy-ass mother ever portrayed in cinema. Yes, that includes Anthony Perkins and Joan Crawford/Faye Dunaway.

I remembered Tyrrell mostly from CRY-BABY, but BUTCHER BAKER is a powerhouse performance. I don’t know what I expected from Tyrrell, but she almost literally stepped off of the screen. Well, maybe not “stepped.” She lost her legs a few years ago thanks to a blood disease and she was wheeled in by David Strong, an Alamo regular and true original himself. Tyrrell was wild, outrageous, outspoken and hilarious. From her frank recollections of Bo Svenson being a bastard of a man that had a different whore in his rocking trailer every single day (her words, not mine, Mr. Svenson) to her talking about how she never reads scripts (she just looks at her part, what the money is like and then reads the sides given to her every day on the set) to how bad she had to pee (she claimed her hollow legs were already both filled… I would hope she was joking, but with Tyrrell you can never tell).

It was a perfect night. Emotion was high, sure, but everybody had a good time. Harry posted the video farewells I arranged from Don Coscarelli, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright. Click here if you didn’t catch them yet. I felt like I had to do something. I am certainly not a brilliant artist, so I couldn’t do up a piece like Gordon did, but I wanted to play a small part in the final night, in honor of Tim and Karrie and the kindness and friendship they’ve shown me over the years. It felt right to have some filmmakers who have had great experiences as guests of the Alamo say their good-byes and thankfully Coscarelli, Jackson and Wright answered the call to be a part of the final night. At the end of the triple bill there was a toast, led by League, and then those who wanted their seats got to dismantle them and take them out of the theater.

I stayed around a little bit, watched Monki grab as many Alamo seats as he could for his JOYSTICKS-themed room.

It started sinking in when the rows started emptying, blank space where there were full lines of seats thirty minutes before.

I still stuck around a bit, but then they announced the iconic neon sign was in the process of being removed from the front of the building. Outside, I watched the work truck pull up and the bastard that was to make Colorado more dull start to untangle his ladder. That was too much for me. I couldn’t watch the killshot as it were. So, I left. The next night I was downtown again and I ended up driving down Colorado. That block is now lifeless, the building a corpse. The soul is gone, the body rotting. The world has lost a little of its magic. Here’s hoping the Ritz is able to recapture it or at the very least create its own unique brand. It’ll never be the same, but the dream is that The Ritz will continue on the tradition began at 409 Colorado Street.

Without the Alamo Drafthouse I wouldn't be the geek I am today. I have many fond memories there... I've met some of my best friends, some of my idols and my longest lasting girlfriend to date at the Alamo. Thanks for caring about showmanship and preserving the theatrical experience... and thanks for the memories.
-Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • July 1, 2007, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Oh, Alamo Drafthouse, I Hardly Knew Ye...

    by tonagan

    Actually, I NEVER knew ye but, I know how you feel because the gym I've been going to for the past ten years finally closed its doors yesterday. Now I'll probably just get fat.

  • July 1, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    GodFuckingDamnit

    by drew mcweeny

    I told myself that I didn't mind missing it, that I didn't want to be there for the last show, that I wouldn't get upset, but Quint... this article just made it real, and now I'm feeling the loss acutely. Tim and Karrie, you guys created the single best theater I've ever been to, and considering I live in LA, it slays me that I have to go to another state to visit it. And now... now it's gone. Breaks my heart. I pray the Ritz is great, but for now, I'm going to soak in the sorrow as I raise a glass to the Downtown.

  • July 1, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST

    shitcakes

    by BadMrWonka

    Transformers gets made, but the Drafthouse goes down? fucking stupid ass universe...

  • July 1, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Adios, Cine Avenida

    by CuervoJones

    One of the most beautiful movie theatres in Madrid has passed away. I´m so sad.

  • July 1, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    its so frustrating...

    by Obscura

    ...to be on the other side of the world from something that is so obviously an inspired place. I live in England and independant cinemas are extremely hard to come by and there will never be anything close to what Texas has.(although, if anyone is ever in Leicester, check out the Pheonix Cinema.) This site lets people all over the world have a taste of whats it'd be like to be in a place like that, a place that loves movies with every inch of the building.

  • July 1, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Tis' be sad indeed

    by Kragmose

    *sob*

  • July 1, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    This is my Mecca!!!

    by PhantomOfTheCinema

    I didn't make it there for the final night (tickets were already sold out when I got home from work), but I finally made the Pilgrimage there a few weeks ago. We have two Alamos in Houston, but it never felt the same as the vibe from the original. I had traveled up to Austin twice and the OA (Original Alamo) was closed (but both times were on holidays - Labor Day and Christmas Eve). On my trip on Labor Day I did manage to get in (no one was there) and get some video of the place. When I found out the OA was closing I knew I had to get there before the final night. My best friend is in the Army and is stationed in San Antonio. He needed for me to bring him some documents, which I did on a Saturday afternoon. After dropping them off to him I decided it was time. I headed up I-35 and got in Austin by 7 pm on a Saturday night. I found a parking lot (I never ever have been any happier to pay $8 to park)and ran to the OA in a state of euphoria. The show for the night was Raiders: The Adaptation and when I went in and up the stairs the place was pretty vacant except for the guy sitting and selling tickets. The next show was until 9:15 so I went back downstairs to get a Tee Shirt (I've always wanted the "Badass Cinema" shirt, even asked my wife for it last X-Mas, but Santa gave me a lump of coal instead). I hung out looking for a shirt, but no one ever came to ask me about it and I didnt see anyone there to ask about it. As I headed back out onto the streets of Austin to kill some time I started to feel a little disillusioned. Had I put the OA up on pedestal only to be let down (the guy selling tickets didn't really sell me on the feature for the night telling me it was Raiders of the Lost Ark done by 12 year olds). So for the next hour I went in and out of a few bars on the surrounding block ordering Shiner Bock and Vodka Tonic. I started feeling like Charlie Brown during the Christmas after everyone laughed at his tree and called him a blockhead. I finally made it back to the OA and noticed the crowd had picked up. I went up stairs and grabbed a chair next to the video games, which were all old vintage games(Kung Fu, Centipede, and a Rolling Thunder almost completly faded out). There were a few little kids playing the games, which kind of reminded me of the age I was when they came out (I think I was about 11 or 12). This one kid was playing and he was there with his mom, dad, and grandfather and I remembered when I went to see the original Raiders with my dad and grandfather. Finally we went in and I started feeling excited again (maybe it was the booze). The preshow entertainment started with trailers from old serial films spliced in the making of Raiders. One thing I've always loved about the Alamo in Houston, which no other theatre in the city does, is provide a cool preshow with old trailers, commericals, videos, and not trying to sell me a car, a coke, and funeral arrangements. The show started and the drafthouse head honcho introduced the film and gave a little of its history. The film started and it was a BLAST!!! The audience was really into the film and you could hear all of the geeks (myself included)speaking all the dialouge with the film. These guys did a phenomenal job with their adaptation. It reminded me (last flashback/reflection, I swear)of the films my friends and I made with my parent's video camera back in the 80's (I wanted to bring my homemade double feature of Spring Creek Cannibals and Suburban Godfather to Open Screen Night, but will have to wait until the new location opens). There was a Q & A with the filmakers after the film which was very cool. As I left the OA and crossed Colorado St I looked back at the OA and said thought "Hell yeah, it was worth the trip." Goodnight Sweet Alamo Drafthouse and thanks for the memory.

  • July 1, 2007, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I never...

    by HessenRoots

    did have the chance to see the place being as I've never spent more then 20 minutes in Texas.<br><br>Yet, I know how I'd feel if the small-timey theater I love here in Minneapolis closed it's doors...I'm sure the Alamo was well loved and will be sorely missed.

  • July 1, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Awww that's sad.

    by Yeti

    We lost the Uptown in Toronto a few years ago. During the Film Festival some chick confined to a wheelchair complained that there was no accessability so she couldn't see a film that was only playing there. Fair enough, but Famous Players was renting the place on long term lease and decided there was no way they were going to spend several million on upgrading a property they didn't own as the lease was expiring in 5 years. So they decided to shut down once the lease was up. The woman who complained was all "It's not my fault!" the concensus was actually "umm swettie? It pretty much is." During the demolition the building collapsed and some kid from South America who was studying english in a buliding next door actually got killed.

  • July 1, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    You were only 16 in 1997?

    by indiephantom

    Why am I even reading this?

  • July 1, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Can someone explain why this is happening?

    by PotSmokinAlien

    I mean is it gentrification or what? the place is moving to the ritz? like, the hotel? why? isn't austin basically a college town? <p> and yeah quint is hella young huh indiephantom, here is to the dude for getting to where he is at such a whippersnapperish age.

  • July 1, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Feeling....nothing more than Feelings...

    by Smokin Doc Cottle

    I hate it when old cinemas bite the dust. I spent many, many a formative Friday & Saturday night at the Vogue Theater on Lexington Road (Lou. KY) and was there on the final night of it's operation (RHPS for the upteenth time). It still sits there, Vacant and "For Lease". I saw 2001 there, Romeo & Juliet (the good one) Notorious, Casablanca and one I forget on various field trips from school. The midnight movies were top notch...Harold & Maude, Heavy Metal, Holy Grail, The Wall, etctetra. I got laid like a madman out there, too. Especially the "Rocky Horror" girls..."Hey Baby, wanna do the Time Warp"? I've always wanted to take the place over and "Drafthouse" it myself. There is a wonderful Drafthouse near home in Alexandria called the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse that absolutley rules but could use some better midnight movies. And then there was the old Showcase Cinemas on Bardstown road...Louisville's first multiplex and where I saw all the movies that warped my little mind...from Star Wars to the last (awful) Star Trek Insurrection. I went in the last night and took three rolls of film. I was hoping that they might let me abscond with the Star Trek IV poster that hung in the "art gallery" but alas no. <p> Check out www.cinematreasures.org to revisit moviehouses from yesteryear!

  • July 1, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    loved that place

    by GarySparkle

    only went once for BNAT 5. Very glad i did. What a great theater and a great experience.

  • July 1, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Yeti

    by kikuchiyoboy

    That is a very odd story indeed. That almost sounds like a South Park episode. <br> <br> I didn't believe it, so naturally I googled it. What do ya know, it really happened. Crazy. What a crazy dilemma that lady was left with. "I couldn't get up the stairs to see Transformers and now a boy is dead" Crazy. ( I made up the Transformers bit)

  • July 1, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    If i'm honest, I have to say i'm glad they moved.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I went there only a few times (usually to see that troupe do a running commentary on movies, like Karate Kid), but one of the things that CLEARLY stands out in my mind from those evenings was how dang hot and cramped the place was. Waiting to get into the auditorium was brutal- it was standing room only. I'm not claustrophobic usually but that was really uncomfortable. For their part, the staff provided people with water (I cant remember if we had to pay/tip- I dont think so) but they were just making the best out of a bad situation. If the Ritz has the same content and staff as the original, then I say good riddance.

  • July 1, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    David Strong...

    by Don Lockwood

    ...Hercules the Strong....coincidence?

  • July 1, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    by the way, that's why I said "if i'm being honest"

    by Cotton McKnight

    I fully understand and appreciate the nostalgic factor and everything the theater represented. I'm totally spoiled- the lake creek location is literally one mile away from my house. Kudos to everyone here who is stopping for a moment to acknowledge the original. I'm still looking forward to the new one though- better location, better venue, you name it. I'm really excited about it.

  • July 1, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    the very, very early days of dvd.

    by Cotton McKnight

    You mean 1998? less than 9 years ago?

  • July 1, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    From what I understand, yes gentrification...

    by Kevin Bosch

    That area used to be a warehouse district, but over the years spill over fro 6th St made the block a trendy restaurant and club spot. The Leagues were not willing/could not afford to pay the upped lease, so they're moving. The good news about all of this is that The Alamo isn't closing because it's going out of business (imagine that news). There are lots of other locations all over town and around Texas, and the South Lamar is second to only the original downtown. The downtown facility is relocating to The Ritz, which in Austin, as I understand, was an old palace type cinema that's been closed for a while. It's larger and they will have two screens. So it's not tragic, unjust, wave your fist type stuff, but it's still kinda sad. Like when your family moves out of your first home into bigger house, I'd surmise.

  • July 1, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    the ritz will be awesome.

    by StreetTrash

    although the noise level on 6th street has to be more of an issue (maybe not?). But I'm sure the Leagues are dealing with all those issues. Really wish I could have been there the last night though...damn.

  • July 1, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    ritz=old theater on 6th street

    by StreetTrash

    I wouldn't call it a "palace" by any means. That's the Paramount (in austin). Originally it was a theater, but it's just been a bar since I've lived in Austin, until this summer. Saw Daniel Johnston there at SXSW. It will be cool.

  • July 1, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Lucky to Have a Place Like That

    by NHRonin

    Unfortunately, I'm stuck with sterile cookie cutter theaters here in Nashua, NH. Sure, we know have a Chunky's Theater Pub, but the screens are small and people talk all over the movie. I'd love to have a place where you could see old movies on the big screen but I guess it's just not profitable. At least I have my memories as a child of going to the old style theaters with the balconies, crushed red velour seats, huge marquee and curtain that would open as the film started.

  • July 1, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Ok word.

    by PotSmokinAlien

    thanks for the info guys. i'm glad it's not moving to the hotel, that would probably suck.

  • July 1, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    How good could it have been...

    by epitone

    ...if it only had one screen? Your choice of film every night would be limited to, oh, let's see, ONE. How can that compete with today's 25-screen palaces which allow the parents to see the edgy new R-rated Ben Stiller comedy while their tween-aged sons see the PG-13 rated Ben Stiller slapstick adventure and the toddlers take in the G-rated Dreamworks animated flick with Ben Stiller as the voice of a downtrodden lobster? This is wherefore the Alamo Drafthouse collapses, people... NOT ENOUGH BEN STILLER. And don't even get me *started* on the thoughtless shunning of JoJo's cinematic ouvre. I'll just be sitting at home with the Aquamarine DVD and its fascinating bonus footage (of Emma Roberts explaining in detail how Aunt Julia had nothing to do with her employment) since that heartrending movie was nowhere to be seen at the Drafthouse last year. Sheesh.

  • July 1, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Joel Seigel is dead

    by movienutbag69

    Anybody hear about that yet?

  • July 1, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell called me a loser in that theater.

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    God, how I miss that place!

  • July 1, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I missed it too.

    by John Maddening

    Some friends from Minneapolis went to the Half-Ass-a-Thon, and while I'm sorry I missed it, I'm glad I didn't have to say goodbye to the place. I'll be down in Austin in September for the WFTDA Roller Derby Nationals, and in December for the Butt-Numb-a-Thon, and I'll see the new Alamo Ritz, and I am so optimistic that it will be fabulous. I trust Tim and Karrie to do the best that's possible with the space they're given.

  • July 1, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    thank god

    by Mr_X

    i was never going to visit that cinema. maybe we can get back to cool news!

  • July 1, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    If the ALAMO was so damn special why didn't....

    by Cinemajerk

    YOU BOZOS save it??? All your rich celebrity friends and Harry couldn't save the damn thing? Come on. That is just lame. So stop your damn whining and move on already. If you REALLY loved it that much, you would have saved it. Hell...Quintin Tarantino alone could have saved it with his pocket change. Not to mention Robert Rodriguez. So SHUT UP ALREADY!!!! Its gone because you didn't REALLY care. If you did...it wouldn't be closing. :-)

  • July 1, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    its moving cinemajerk

    by jonboy83

    down the street to some nicer digs actually. everyone loves the alamo they got three theaters in austin. it'll never close.

  • July 1, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Man, now Im actually glad...

    by TheRealSeveren

    I didnt go to the last night. I was there for Joysticks, QT Fest and a few other screenings in these last few months and there was no way I was going to miss the last night at the Alamo Downtown. Then i found out the price of the tickets. I love the Drafthouse and the people involved but for 3 movies it was WAY overpriced. Period. Frankly, I was a little disappointed that they would charge so much and it left a bad taste in my mouth...Now, Im relieved in a way because seeing those pics really shoked me up. I think I might have shed a few tears if I would have been there drinking it all in as it were. I wouldnt have expected to get THAT emotional and when you're not planning on it those kind of moments hit you all the harder. In any case, for what its worth, here's my heartfelt thank you to Tim and Karrie and all the people who have passed through the threshold at 409 Colorado St. Austin, TX

  • July 1, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I visited AN alamo drafthouse last summer...

    by George Newman

    But it wasn't the downtown establishment. I wish I could have gone. I would have loved to attend any of the BNAT of the past four years, but Harry's birthday celebration has always fallen during Final exams. I can't travel halfway across the country when I got tests the next day. Jerks! Lets get some better scheduling for BNAT!! After final exams!! Dag, yo

  • July 1, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Quint is only 26???????

    by jojo-pimp

    How can i take his reviews seriously now?

  • July 1, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    A damn shame I never got there...

    by MrScratch0753

    .bt I fell all of ya in spirit.here in Canda, within the last 2-4 years, we lost both the Eglinton (the last genuine silver screen in toronto) and the Uptown (the LAST BEST HUGE downtown theatre), and I felt both of those losses acutely.......I'm glad to hear that I may eventually get to A draftouse, but I truly do bemoan the wave of mega-cinemas that have started to infringe on the smaller guys just trying to LOVE movies, not make money from them all the time......Kudos to the management for going out on their own terms and own two feet...I'll raise my beer to all of you.

  • July 1, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I tell you how you take Quint seriously

    by HEADGEEK

    because at 26, his job, for the last 10 years has been to read scripts, watch movies (on big screen and small), visit sets and talk to innumerable filmmakers for hours on end. Because I started this site when I was 24, two years younger than Quint is now. <BR><BR>He's been to multiple film festivals a year, watched countless screeners and has actually made his own short film with make-up by KNB. Quint is one of the most honestly dedicated and passionate writers on film that you'll ever find - and he's grown up with AICN - with his writing, interviewing and reviewing skills maturing with every passing year. <BR><BR>How many of you can claim tenure in a paid position with a global readership at the age of 26? and two years before he started on AICN, he'd interviewed George Carlin!

  • July 1, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Awesome

    by Mr. Winston

    I had never been to the Alamo Draft House, don't know anything about it save for a few tidbits that I've read here on the site, and I have no clue about the people that owned it. So THAT, my friend, is how you write a love letter - you got me emotional about a place I've never been and that I couldn't have cared less about until today. I wish I had a place that does for me what it did for you.

  • July 1, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    what exactly does age mean anyway?

    by Obscura

    he's only 26, im only 23, but theres no doubt he knows a hell of a lot more about cinema than most people around here. it doesnt matter how much time you've spent wandering the earth, its where you've been thats important. so for the people who consider 26 to be too young, grow up.

  • July 1, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Damn

    by Pr_Frink

    I wish I lived in a town that cared about film like that. Kelowna BC Canada is basically a mall town full of idiots like in the clip shown. I hope I get to someday go to a theater like that and have a cool experience like that.

  • July 1, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I'm sad it's gone, but the Ritz will be great.

    by jrbarker

    (Although parking will be even more difficult and I can't imagine the headache of lining up on 6th street.)

  • July 2, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Quint can't help when he was born.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Cut him some slack. His work around here has been excellent.

  • July 2, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    OK harry.......

    by jojo-pimp

    point well taken...however, there are many film school students even younger than Quint who act like they know everything there is to know about film....just makes it kinda hard when someone isnt even old enough to appreciate certain genres when they actually orginally occurred.