When we decided to shut down the original 4th Street Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and open up again at the Ritz, sentimentality quickly came on in waves as we thought about all of the good times we have shared within those 4 walls. We began to schedule some of our all-time favorite events and specials for one last nostalgic run. About a month ago, however, Harry and I realized that there was one event that we couldn't just plop into the schedule. The mighty Butt-numb-a-thon, the most coveted ticket ever sold at the Alamo Drafthouse. As the event coincides with Harry's Birthday in early December, the last BNAT in the original Alamo had already happened.
In the span of 15 minutes, and aptly named to reflect both the calendar timing (halfway between Butt-numb-athons) and the lack of time taken to prepare the programming, we conceived of Half-ass-a-thon. On June 24, we are throwing a party for all of our friends who have ever joined us for a Butt-numb-a-thon adventure to come and celebrate one more time in the old space. The program will consist of 4 features, some brand new, some old favorites from many BNATs ago and at least (but not necessarily limited to) one of those features will be mortally offensive.
In BNAT fashion, we are keeping the line-up secret until the day of the event, but I can guarantee you that we will be attempting to capture the spirit of our annual party. Half-ass-athon will start at 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 24 and will finish when we finish, probably about 3 AM. If you have ever attended a Butt-numb-athon in the past, you are invited. Tickets are $25 and go on sale through www.originalalamo.com at 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 14. We will be cross-checking this list against our records, so if you have never attended, do not purchase tickets at that time. There are no refunds for non-veterans who try to sneak in and buy early tickets. If there are still tickets available, the remainder will go on sale at 5:00 PM on Monday, June 18 to anyone who wants one.
Also, in the tradition of Jette Kiernan and Blake Ethridge's Alamo Blogathon between now and the event, we will be collecting stories and photos and at long last posting the official www.buttnumbathon.com, which we will launch at the beginning of Half-ass-athon. If you wish to contribute, you can email us stories and photos and we will post them to the blog, or you can just post them to the comments section of the Butt-numb-a-thon blog.
We also encourage you to update information to the Butt-numb-a-thon Wikipedia page if the spirit so moves you.
We hope to see you all again on June 24 for the soon-to-be-legendary-never-to-be-repeated Half-ass-a-thon.