Board games – remember those?
In a society where a video game release can gross over $800 million in its first day, it’s clear that today’s youth has shifted its entertainment priority from dice and multicolored game pieces to highly complex digital adventures that are cinematic in scope.Not that there's anything wrong with video games but don't you miss the days where the family all set around the kitchen table and played a game together?
This October, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and 8th Dimension Comics & Games invite you to reintroduce your family to the joys of playing games in which your brain is the biggest piece of hardware you’ll need to have fun.
Join us at either Houston theater this month for an Alamo Kids Camp screening of ZATHURA. A spiritual sequel to JUMANJI, ZATHURA tells the story of two young boys who discover a board game that – when played – thrusts the kids into a real-life science-fiction fantasy full of rocket ships, invading aliens and a stranded astronaut who must help guide the kids across the finish line. A fast-paced, humorous homage to the world of ‘50s science-fiction films, ZATHURA is directed by Jon Favreau. Before he helped kickstart the Marvel Cinematic Universe with IRON MAN, Jon Favreau showed he had the chops to direct action with this family adventure. The best part? He did as much of it with practical effects as he could! From robots to aliens to laser guns, Favreau dug deep into his knowledge of space-age films from the past to offer up a perfect gateway movie parents can use to introduce their kids to the joys of science fiction.
Each screening of ZATHURA is free to attend and admission is first come, first served. You can reserve a spot in the theater, though, by buying a $5 food and beverage voucher.
After the screening, we invite you to stick around and attend a FREE gaming workshop courtesy of 8th Dimension Comics & Games. Annie and Jeremy Bulloch will be on hand to teach your family how to play a selection of space-themed, family-friendly games. If you’re looking to find more ways to enjoy a family night together, this is a perfect opportunity to test out some fun games that are time-tested to catch your kids’ attention and have them using their imagination.
The games that will be demoed are Star Munchkin and Star Fluxx.