Alamo Downtown, where I grew up in Austin.

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Today is the day where we remember The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown.  Leave a comment telling us what you remember about the downtown location.  You first time.  You best time.   Your worst time?   The food?  The events?  The people that you have met?  Anything at all, just post post post!   If you do leave a comment telling us any story about the Alamo you will be entered in our contest for 2 free drafthouse passes.  It's my way of saying thanks for reading, and to spread some Alamo Love!  So let's see what you love about the Alamo Drafthouse.   

 

I moved to Austin on Dec. 27th 1999.   I think the first thing I ever went to at The Alamo was Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, with my then girlfriend.  I had never heard of this place.  We were there early for some reason, we got lucky I guess.  So we had our pick of seats, and we choose the couches at the top of the theater.  I have never sat in those couches again, because 2 hours on them just didn't work well.  However since that day, I have spend at least 1 day a week at some alamo theater.  Weird Wednesday's. Terror Thursday's.  Sing-A-Longs.  Tons and tons of other events.  Too many great shows to name, but we are going to look at some of my favorites.  Please bare with the pictures.  They were taken in a dark theater with no flash sometimes, so they might not be the best pics. 

Austin Air Guitar
The Guitarinist melting faces at the first Austin Air Guitar

Austin Air Guitar was one of the most creative and odd things I have ever seen in my life.  Men and Women fighting for the Air Guitar Championship.  This wasn't just a local thing, if you won, you could go all the way to the world finals.  My favorite of the show I saw was The Guitarinist, who killed with an ultra-metal track, spandex shorts and a killer routine.  Complete with smashed Air Guitar at the end.  However the whole night was filled with creativity, and even a guy who just wanted to get in, but didn't have a ticket, so got up on stage to compete.  A very great time to be had by all, and one of the things that seems to make Austin, Austin. 

 

100 Best Kills.  This was a show that is just as it is named.  The 100 best kills in movies of all time.  A compiled show of just the scenes from the best kills in movies, from Final Destination to Friday The 13th and everything in between.  So many great kills.  I would love to see it again, or maybe see a Another 100 Best Kills.  This was one of the best shows Downtown ever had.

 

Alamo Drafthouse World Premeire of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.
White Castle Hidden Somewhere in Austin

Rolling Roadshows.  Now I know they are not exactly Downtown, but they sure are in the spirit of Downtown.  I have sat in the water during Jaws, raced around Austin looking for a White Castle, gone underground and felt the earth move during Earthquake, and saw the World Premiere of Freddy Vs. Jason, along with quite a few other events.  The Rolling Roadshow, is one of the coolest things the Drafthouse has to offer.  A movie experience like no other.  If you have never been to one.  Look when a special event is happening and go to one.  They are so much fun and worth ever penny.  

Freddy Vs Jason World Premeire
Camp HackenSlash

All of the things above are just awesome and made me help say that Austin is the place for me and The Drafthouse is the best place to watch a movie, but the last item on my list is just the best thing the Alamo Downtown has ever had grace it's screen. 

Owen, John, Jerm…The Sinus Show.  The funniest thing in Austin by far.  The most creative, stupid, hilarious show featuring ugly mostly naked men you will see in your lifetime.  I have seen just about every Sinus show there has ever been, and I have to say I never left without being in pain from laughing so hard.   One time, my gf went to the bathroom, and John tried to get all of the theater to climb into the back room before she came back so she would think the theater was empty.  Sadly we couldn't all fit.  It was hilarious seeing her come back and we are half way in the back room trying to cram more people in there.  

The Sinus Show
Owen and John making out during Top Gun

Those 3 guys made making fun of movies an art, and it was just awesome every show.  Owen, John and Jerm are a class act just like The Alamo Drafthouse.  Good food, events and people.  Staying true to it's roots and Austin's.   Tim and Kerry League, I thank you and hope your new home at The Ritz will serve you and us well.  I can't wait for the next 10 years, I hope they are better than the last! 

For more Austin Memories check out Slackerwood, for other posts on the Alamo Blogathon!

  • Freddie VS Jason was probably the most memorable for me – staying up all night in the middle of the woods watching horror movies! Super scary stuff!!!

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  • December 20th, 2010

    Mr. Alexander Simon,
    Writer,
    Sir William Place,
    Suite #305C,
    8820-85 Street,
    Boonie Doon,
    Edmonton, Alberta
    CANADA T6C 3C2

    The film Spectacular; “The Alamo;” Starring; the, King (of, Western; Bang!!); is, one; 2-fisted, wallop; to; bring-down, the, ‘bad-guy-boy;’ and; man; is, pow-to-the; finish!!

    “United Artists, starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as William B. Travis, and featuring Frankie Avalon, Chill Wills, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Joseph Calleia, Ruben Padilla, Richard Boone, Ken Curtis, Hank Worden, and Denver Pyle. It was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by William H. Clothier;” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alamo_(1960_film); is, Right-On-The, mark!!

    THE AUSTIN REBEL!!

    This, here, Script; is, the, true; life; know;
    on, Western massacre; in, Alberta, here;
    I, call; with; pride; Texas; what; occurred;
    is, short; of; murder-#1!!

    In, the; advent; of, the; Gatling-Gun;
    a, sophisticated; “Blitzkrieg;” and;
    lightening; kill; the; “Blue-Coats;”
    and; “Red-Blitz-Krieg;” ran-for-their;
    lives, none!!

    In, 1806; when,
    The Civil War; began;
    6-million, men, and;
    women, of, clear contention;
    entered, Armistice!

    During; this, time;
    9-million, women; began;
    nursing; the, wounded. When; the, Motion, Picture; industry; entered; Hollywood; The Civil War; was, near; ended.

    Many; men; lost, a; limb.

    The, paraplegic; (about, 2-million);
    refused; to, consider; “Civil;”
    employment!!

    The Red Cross Society of Austin;
    ran, an; ad:

    “Featuring;
    The Blood;
    Of,
    Hungarian;
    King Stephen Mathias The 1;”
    the, intended; meaning:

    All; Blood;
    must;
    be,
    scanned;
    or;
    destroyed;
    if, contaminated!!

    The,
    Red
    Cross,
    Society; then; became;
    The Blue Cross,
    today!!

    A, new; Motion Picture;
    Starring; similar;
    Talent
    would,
    prove;
    fruit-full.

    Mr. Alexander Simon,
    E-mail Address: alexandersimonea@gmail.com

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  • March 7th, 2012
    Mr. Alexander Simon,Sir William Place,#305, 8820 – 85 St.,Edmonton, Alberta  T6C 3C2
    (780) 466-9719
    Ms Louise Nicolson, United Kingdom ,Norfolk Home, Housing of the Priestly Home Road,Basingstoke, HampshireEngland  RG24 9NY

    Dear Ms Nicolson:
    On the new day of England many soldiers needed a phone call; from a rare and inviting sonar! .
    With the day of 1931; the Monarch of England wanted a cordless speak not hooked to home nor business!  “The beacon mode service is a Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) telecommunications service aimed at spacecraft which are not communicated with (on a daily basis) via the Deep Space Network”  This is the early and clear London transmission of early C.E.L.L. today with better broadcast; not mentioned for any Religion.  “A telephone company (also known as a Telco, telecommunications operator, communications service provider, or CSP) is a service provider of telecommunications services such as telephony and data communications access.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_bank; views a new space in Democracy, ‘un-acceptable.”!  ‘The aim is to share an expensive resource. For example, in telecommunications, several telephone calls may be carried using one wire”  Thus the main Democratic Carrier is ousted of bonus and the retail customer is raised privacy  Open up today’s Cell phone and compare with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the early Scotland Yard Elder!  The Residential Phone:  “Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone” never did say a Catholic as I am; wrote to the “mobile phone (also known as a cellular phone, cell phone and a hand phone) is a device that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link.”  I never Alexander Simon did!  Nor my Catholic son, Evan Alexander Simon. 
    If, not these men need a interest in English connecting on Residential Services versus the make and movement of partisans that care not for the British Confederation never a cancel line as is the American direct call! 
    Why the Cell Technology was stolen from Catholic Military?
    Examine home telephone sentry! 
    In, early England, there are telephone cables connecting ‘parties’ and Governance by Giant England! 
    Now anywhere, an incapable teleshop in cloaked can referral a mission of crime! 
    How. examine the Tele-Sat today!  Place your bet on Democracy!  A movement called organized communism fronting religion hands out a powerful non Democratic hand SONAR again! 
    How the communicator works and holds crime high!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkie-talkie; moves to the military!  “A transceiver is a device comprising both a transmitter and a receiver which are combined and share common circuitry or a single housing.”  Thus top Officials never want this out and was:  In telecommunication, the term transponder (short-for Transmitter-responder and sometimes abbreviated to XPDR,[1] XPNDR,[2] TPDR[3] or TP[4]) has the following meanings:
    An automatic device that receives, amplifies, and retransmits a signal on a different frequency (see also broadcast translator).”  Continuing. …”transceivers are limited to providing an electrical-optical function only (not differentiating between serial or parallel electrical interfaces), whereas transponders convert an optical signal at one wavelength to an optical signal at another wavelength (typically ITU standardized for DWDM communication). As such, transponders can be considered as two transceivers placed back-to-back.” 
    Theft by civilian in crime against the Unites States and English Governments with Germany stolen!  The original CELL (Military) policing call phone was stolen to me by scrupulous deviants connected with communism!
    By all land on Earth the sensor of every Cell Phone needs a reseat; or a dim ate!  A ‘sensing;’ octave or wave length from a satellite scan!  The House phone no; however , may interfere with a pick up or transmission! 
    Why the Cell Phone is light and queer to me!
    I had only one Cell working in my life and very army tough!  Worked well and some idiot called me on the public transport!  I had no trace then!  With the residential non transient line no worry!  And with the Military way we can sat the tele and broadcast a War well and televised!Yours sincerely,

    Mr. Alexander Simon

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