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It’s the September specialty programming for Houston!

JAWS, THE GODFATHER, ROBOCOP and more!

It’s the September specialty  programming for Houston!

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Houston is proud to announce its specialty programming for September 2014. Advanced tickets for all films and events are available at www.drafthouse.com/houston.

ALAMO PLAYS THE HITS!
Non-stop classics all month long!

TOUGH GUY CINEMA: ROBOCOP
Part man, part machine ... ALL HERO. Robocop is one of the greatest action/social-satire/all-around badass movies to have ever been made. It's tough, it's mean, it's dirty and it's made with 100 percent real moving parts. Paul Verhoeven is an absolute genius and Peter Weller will annihilate you with his anguished robot cop constructed from leftover pain and rage. Come quietly or there will be trouble. Get your prime directives in order, grab your tickets and prepare for a cinematic experience that will BLOW YOUR MIND! Brand new 4K digital restoration! (9/3 at Mason Park and 9/29 at Vintage Park)

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: JAWS
With JAWS, Steven Spielberg redefined the summer movie experience. We know a little something about redefining movie experiences at the Alamo Drafthouse so JAWS naturally holds a special place in the hearts of our theaters' staff. Universal Studios has released a stunning new 4K digital transfer of this classic survival story and we’ll be happier than a Great White in chum-infested waters to be presenting this new digital print on our state-of-the-art Sony 4K projectors. (9/7 at Vintage Park and 9/28 at Mason Park)

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE GODFATHER DOUBLE FEATURE
One of the most loved, acclaimed and popular films of all-time, THE GODFATHER feels just as fresh and groundbreaking today as it did in 1972. It made Al Pacino a star, it cemented Marlon Brando as the acting force of his generation and it shed light on the unique and overflowing talent of Francis Ford Coppola. A completely different film from its predecessor in terms of narrative structure and tone, THE GODFATHER PART II is a rare sequel that not only delivers but, in some ways, even surpasses the original. See both films back-to-back for one low ticket price. (9/14 at Mason Park, 9/21 at Vintage Park)

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
To say this movie is merely a “masterpiece” is doing it a disservice. To lump it in with all the other movies that are just great is unfair. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN transcends its medium and tap dances straight into your heart. It's a film you can watch on a cold night and feel it flush your face with warmth. It’s a song you can sing when rain is pouring down on you and you couldn't care less because you're in love. This isn't one of those classic movies you have to see because it's “important” and your viewing experience will feel anything but scholastic. You need to see this movie because YOU NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE. (9/14 at Vintage Park and 9/21 at Mason Park)

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: SEVEN SAMURAI
SEVEN SAMURAI is many things but, perhaps most important, it’s just so enjoyable to watch. There may be a stigma attached to it - it's considered one of the greatest movies of all time, after all - but there's nothing homeworky or difficult about SEVEN SAMURAI unless you just flat out don't like reading subtitles, in which case you're likely beyond help. So many epics fail to achieve what SEVEN SAMURAI does and that's all due to giving us characters we care about, building a rapport with the audience, and telling a compelling story that's about more than just good guys and bad guys. (9/22 at Mason Park)

CINEMA COCKTAILS: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Gene Kelly stars as a down on his luck painter who draws the eye of an affluent French Heiress who is interested in more than just his art. But Kelly has his heart set on someone else who is already shacked up. Mistaken identities, masquerade balls and an endlessly charming Gene Kelly complicate matters in this all-out dance-a-thon that will leave you tapping your feet and feeling facial soreness from smiling. This is Gene Kelly at his absolute best. (9/24 at Vintage Park)

SHINER SOUNDTRACK SERIES: THE GRADUATE
There are some movies that say so much by saying so little. THE GRADUATE is one of those films. One could say that it's about a boy who falls in love with a woman and then her daughter, but that seems like such a shallow interpretation of a movie that epitomizes everything that was going on with 1960s America. Let us seduce you with this beautiful 4K restoration of the movie that captured the mood, and, thanks to a soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, the vibrant sounds of the '60s. (9/28 at Vintage Park)

CELEBRITY APPEARANCES
Your favorite movies with your favorite filmmakers, actors and artists

BEAT STREET WITH DEVIN THE DUDE
Join Houston rapper Devin the Dude for the premiere of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's latest "Don't Talk" PSA - starring Devin the Dude. Devin will introduce the PSA - in which he warns audiences not to talk or text during a film - and present a screening of one of his favorite films, BEAT STREET. BEAT STREET celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A free-wheeling and free-rhyming time capsule of early '80s New York City, BEAT STREET stars Rae Dawn Chong and Guy Davis in an ensemble drama about the intersection of the rapping, dancing and street art communities in New York. (9/4 at Vintage Park)

SWEARNET: THE MOVIE WITH THE TRAILER PARK BOYS LIVE!
After years of playing the Trailer Park Boys on TV, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith decide it is time to create their own network. A place where balls out comedy is the norm, drinking and drugs are not just accepted but encouraged, and people can talk any way they want to talk. Join us for a special screening with Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith live and in-person! (9/17 at Mason Park)

THE PICK-AXE MURDERS PART III: THE FINAL CHAPTER WITH JEREMY SUMRALL LIVE!
In the summer of 1982, a group of campers were horribly slaughtered at Camp Arapaho in the sleepy little town of Woodland Hills. The ten gruesome murders were blamed on Alex Black, a mysterious man believed to have been the son of Satan and who had been lynched nearly 20 years prior by the townspeople. One year later, a series of mysterious killings at the Meadow Falls Sanitarium were once again linked to the mysterious Alex Black. For five years, Alex Black has been silent, and the town of Woodland Hills has been peaceful. Tonight, however, is the night of the death moon and someone has found a way to bring Alex Black back to life... This time Alex will not stop until he paints the town blood red. (9/20 at Vintage Park)

THE ULTIMATE WILLY WONKA PARTY
With Mike TeeVee (Paris Themmen) and Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole) Live In Person! The Action Pack is pulling out all the stops with little surprises around every corner...but nothing too dangerous. Bubbles for everyone, candies to eat along with the kids on screen and more. We'd hate to ruin it all for you, so sign the contract at the bottom line and you'll be in a world of pure imagination...if you truly wish...to be. ! We'll have a full Q&A after the screening, so you can ask Mike TeeVee what it was like to be so tiny and find out what happened to Veruca after she got dumped down the Bad Egg shoot. Each member of the audience will also receive a special edition Wonka poster signed by Paris and Julie! (9/29 at Mason Park)

THE ACTION PACK
Interactive screenings and cinematic events

CLUELESS QUOTE-ALONG
You guys, this movie is, like, a cinematic masterpiece of the 20th century. Before reinventing Jane Austen became cliché, Amy Heckerling adapted the classic story of “Emma” into a hilarious, insanely clever satire of adolescence in Beverly Hills. Now, thanks to the subtitling magic of the Action Pack, we can say all of our favorite lines together during the film, plus there will be props to help us pretend that, for one glorious night, we're the Class of '95 at Bronson Alcott High School. (9/6 at Vintage Park and 9/27 at Mason Park)

GREASE SING-ALONG
This film adaptation of the 1971 musical is a pure dose of happy, a celebration of youth the way we prefer to remember it. It's got the school dance to end all school dances, the school carnival to end all school carnivals, the teen romance to end all teen romances. And then there's the incredibly catchy soundtrack, jubilantly executed by Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and the stellar cast. It's impossible not to sing along with this movie, which is why we're screening the film with all of the lyrics subtitled. Call up your Pink Ladies and T-Birds and join us at Rydell High, where we'll cheer on Greased Lightening, swoon over Sandy and Danny and sing ourselves silly. (9/6 at Mason Park, 9/19 and 9/25 at Vintage Park)

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD QUOTE-ALONG
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD is a film of pure joy. To celebrate the film in all its quotable glory, we’ve built a separate subtitle track for all of our favorite lines of dialogue, and we'll project them on screen alongside the movie karaoke-style so you can say all of them perfectly in time with the characters on screen. We'll also have lightning sticks for everyone to use whenever we're rocking out with Sex Bob-omb or fighting off an evil ex, and every time an ex is destroyed we'll shower the theater in gold coins. (9/9 at Vintage Park, 9/13 at Mason Park)

ULTIMATE ‘90S PARTY
Come on out to the Alamo Drafthouse and join the Action Pack for an ultimate celebration of all things ‘90s! This monthly Sing-Along Dance Party features a new playlist put together by our Action Pack VJs every month, and each night we’ll jump all over the best music videos of the ‘90s for singing along with, jumping around to, and awkwardly slow dancing next to your grade school crush to. From the Fresh Prince to TLC, with plenty of Alanis and Oasis mixed in, this is how we do it in our semi-charmed kind of life as we’re livin’ la vida loca. So come on! (9/11 at Vintage Park, 9/25 at Mason Park)

BEYONCÉ & JAY-Z: THE BEY-Z ON THE RUN SING-ALONG
From their early collaborations in Bonnie and Clyde ’03 and Crazy in Love to this latest headline-making tour filled with all sorts of amazing moments, the couple known as Bey-Z have brought us the party time and time again, which is why the Action Pack is finally throwing them their own Sing-Along party at an Alamo Drafthouse near you. We’ll get your H to the IZZO and tell you we woke up like ‘dis because it’s a hard knock life and we’ve got the partition rolled up all the way, so come on down and get to big pimpin’ with us before we tell you to put everything you own in box to the left! (9/11 at Mason Park and 9/23 at Vintage Park)

BACK TO THE FUTURE QUOTE-ALONG
At long last, the Action Pack is gonna go back in time to feel the power of love, and you’re all invited to join us on a trip to a time of DeLoreans, life jacket vests, and dangerous Libyans. Then we’ll join Marty as he goes even further back to a land of soda counters, clean town squares in small town America, Enchantment Under the Sea dances, and moms who want to make out with you. So get ready to sip on your Flux Incapacitator cocktail if you require something with a little more kick, and join the Action Pack as we Quote-Along to one of the most iconic films of all time! (9/13 and 9/17 at Vintage Park, 9/20 at Mason Park)

TOTALLY ‘80S SING-ALONG
Come out to the movie theater ready to have the best dance party of your life. Every single time. And make sure you get there early, too, because we'll have singing contests, prop bags full of balloons, streamers and glow sticks, inflatable air guitars and much, much more. Every Totally ‘80s Sing-Along is the most radical party we can throw, and you won't want to miss a single one. (9/18 at Vintage Park)

CLUE QUOTE-ALONG
You've done it in the library. You've done it in the dining room. You've even done it with a candlestick in the kitchen. That's right, at one time or another, we’ve all killed Mr. Body. And for this month's quote-along, we're celebrating our murderous ways with CLUE, the hilarious film adaptation of the board game. We've subtitled all of your favorite lines, so you can quip along with Wadsworth (Tim Curry), scream along with Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), and feel the flames on the side of your face with Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn). We won't be handing out ropes or lead pipes, but we will be giving you props (including CLUE cards, of course) to intensify your evening at Mr. Body's manor. (9/26 at Vintage Park)

GRAVEYARD SHIFT
Horror classics, back on the big screen where they belong

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
The legendarily offensive Italian cannibal film is back on the big-screen in all its gut-munching glory. Don’t miss a 35mm screening of the movie so controversial it was made illegal in several countries during its original release – its stars brought to court in order to prove nobody was actually killed on set. One of the original “found footage” films, the film follows four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. Be forewarned: This is the one that goes ALL THE WAY! (9/5 at Vintage Park)

THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
Wes Craven’s underrated horror gen from the ‘90s, THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS is part fairy tale, part suburban horror story. When a young boy named “Fool” breaks into a home in search of money that will help his family avoid eviction, he finds out that the couple that owns the house harbors some pretty dark and disturbing secrets. S&M and bondage! Dungeon children! Cannibalism! It’s going to be a long night as Fool attempts to break out of the house he made the mistake of breaking into in the first place. (9/10 at Vintage Park)

THE SHINING
Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece about the Torrance family, holed up for the winter as the caretakers of the Overlook Hotel, is intense, stunning, and downright scary! It’s full of now-classic horror film moments, from ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY to “Heeere's Johnny!,” REDRUM, and those creepy twins, but it never feels clichéd or outplayed; it’s the kind of horror movie that ages well. The terrifying imagery and sounds only becoming stronger as the years go by. (9/19 at Mason Park)

SWAMP THING
Director Wes Craven breathes life into the cult comic book hero in this live-action monster mash. When a scientist is targeted by criminals looking to steal his work, he is doused in chemicals and left to die in the swamp. Instead he becomes an avatar of the swamp – a muck-encrusted, plant-based hero of the people an enemy to those that would threaten the environment. If you enjoy seeing monsters fight to the death and have a high-tolerance for plant-bred carnage, this is the screening for you! (9/30 at Vintage Park)

ANIME AT THE ALAMO
Regional premieres and all-time classics – animation straight from Japan

WEEKLY ANIME SCREENINGS
Every Tuesday at Mason Park we present the best new titles from Funimation and Sentai Filmworks. Admission is free!

September 2 - GATCHAMAN CROWDS
September 9 - HAL / GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE (Double Feature)
September 16 - SHORT PEACE
September 23 - FATE/KALEID
September 30 - TAMAKO MARKET

ROAD TO NINJA: NARUTO – THE MOVIE
Long ago, a mysterious masked shinobi unleashed the Nine-Tailed Fox onto the Village Hidden in the Leaves to spread chaos and destruction. But the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, and his wife Kushina Uzumaki sealed the Tailed Beast into their newborn son Naruto to save the village, foiling the shinobi’s plan. Years later, Naruto and his friends succeed in driving away the infamous Akatsuki, who have mysteriously returned from the dead. Reminded of how alone he is, Naruto begins to wonder what it’s like to have parents, when a strange masked figure appears before him – the same masked shinobi responsible for the death of his parents! (9/2 at Vintage Park)

HAL / GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE
A free double feature – HAL is the directorial debut of a bold, new voice in the world of anime. Kurumi’s heart was broken by a tragic airplane accident but a robot designed to take her boyfriend’s place will be the one to lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE sheds new light on mysteries first introduced in the original cyberpunk classic. See two stunning new films – straight from Japan. English dubbed. (9/8 at Vintage Park)

PORCO ROSSO
Set during the political volatility of between-the-wars Italy, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated 1992 adventure PORCO ROSSO introduces an unlikely hero: a portly, chauvinistic seaplane pilot with the head of a pig and the heart of Rhett Butler. Once an ace fighter pilot, Porco has deserted from the Italian military (“I’d rather be a pig than a fascist,” he explains) and now works as a freelance bounty hunter and scourge of aerial pirates. Originally intended as a short in-flight movie for Japan Airlines, PORCO ROSSO harks back nostalgically to Hollywood’s romanticized flyboys and looping dogfights. (9/18 at Mason Park and 9/22 at Vintage Park)

ONLY AT THE ALAMO

ROBIN WILLIAMS MEMORIAL SCREENING: THE FISHER KING
In 1991 Terry Gilliam made arguably his most accessible work and harnessed the power of Robin Williams in one of the greatest films of all-time. THE FISHER KING is a movie about helping others. It's not an easy watch, even less so now, but I can't think of a better film to display the remarkable talents of a man we lost far too soon. Free screening. (9/1 at Vintage Park)

35MM ROULETTE
What movie will be shown? It’s a mystery – the only thing you’ll know going in is that the screening will be in glorious 35mm. It could be an action film, it could be a comedy. It could be a Hollywood hit. It could be a forgotten gem. With tickets only $1, though, we promise you’ll get your money’s worth. (9/2 at Vintage Park)

THE ROCKETEER
Billy Campbell stars as Ciff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a jet pack that enables him to fly and engage in acts of daring-do. Too bad, Cliff's plans to become Los Angeles' newest superhero are complicated when the FBI, the Nazis (hiss!) and Howard Hughes enter the fray. THE ROCKETEER is fast-paced, a whole lot of fun and features some of the coolest retro-styled aesthetic you're likely to see in a comic book movie. Bring the whole family and strap in for a rocket-propelled matinee of fun, fisticuffs and flying men. (9/3 at Vintage Park)

MALLRATS
Smith's sophomore outing as director (and second ode to slackers), MALLRATS stars Jason Lee and Jeremy London as a pair of emotionally-stunted yet lovelorn pals who attempt to get over their respective heartbreaks with a day at the mall. Like a live-action Mad Magazine comic strip, MALLRATS features a tornado of sexual antics, wild adventures with blunt-wielding layabouts Jay and Silent Bob and the machinations of two extremely unpleasant baddies (played by Michael Rooker and Ben Affleck). non-stop zany fun, MALLRATS is a very silly comedy told with a voice that could only come from Kevin Smith. (9/4 at Mason Park)

ROBIN WILLIAMS MEMORIAL SCREENING: POPEYE
What is it about Robert Altman's POPEYE that makes it a charming winner despite being considered one of cinema's biggest bombs? There's actually plenty of good reasons; the magical musical soundtrack by Harry Nilsson the go-for-broke craziness of Altman's adaptation of E.C. Segar's classic comic strip character, the beautifully bizarre turn by Shelley Duvall (fresh off the set of THE SHINING) as Olive Oyl. But the real reason that POPEYE gets to rise above the normal sea-strewn chum of Hollywood misses is that it showcases the major feature film debut of Robin Williams as the meaty-armed Popeye The Sailor Man. Williams' subtle performance and chemistry with the camera will forever keep this film deep in the hearts of true fans everywhere. Free screening. (9/5 at Mason Park)

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: HOUSE OF WAX 3D
Vincent Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, who loses the waxworks he had dedicated his life to creating when a sleazy business associate torches the gallery for insurance money. Scarred and crippled by the devastating fire, Jarrod nevertheless rebuilds a new museum, with the able assistance of Igor (Charles Bronson), his mute partner. When Sue Ellen (Phyllis Kirk) notices the new figure of Joan of Arc bears an uncanny resemblance to her recently deceased friend Cathy (Carolyn Jones), she snoops around for answers and uncovers some unsavory examples of "artistic license." New digital restoration. (9/7 at Mason Park)

DURAN DURAN: UNSTAGED
Experience Duran Duran in a one-time concert presentation directed by David Lynch! Directed with a kinetic visual intensity that makes it easily recognizable as a David Lynch creation, DURAN DURAN UNSTAGED is quite unlike any concert-doc experience ever put on screen. Duran Duran performs 18 songs, including "Hungry Like the Wolf," "A View to Kill," "Ordinary World" and "Rio." Also appearing are Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Mark Ronson and Kelis. (9/10 at Mason Park)

ZOMBIELAND: A TRIBUTE TO THE TWINKIE
We love ZOMBIELAND. We love Twinkies. We've decided to celebrate our two loves with one special night of sugary treats and zombie comedy. Join us for a special screening of ZOMBIELAND accompanied by a Twinkie feast. Every ticket to the event comes with three Twinkies - two of which have been specially prepared for your tasting enjoyment. You'll get a standard Twinkie, a deep fried Twinkie and a Twinkie covered with candied bacon. (9/12 at Vintage Park and 9/24 at Mason Park)

A DOLPH-IN TALE
A DOLPH-IN TALE is not a heart-warming tale about dolphins and/or their tails. What it is, though, is a mystery double feature celebrating the life and times of Dolph Lundgren. Celebrate the man, the myth, the legend that is Dolph Lundgren with a mystery double feature. We're not telling you which of Dolph's movies we're showing - only that both will be screened from original 35mm prints and tickets are only $5! (9/13 at Vintage Park)

VIDEO VORTEX: DOCTOR BLOODBATH
Made by pornographer-turned-shot-on-video-horror-zeitgeist Nick Millard, DOCTOR BLOODBATH is an inexplicable descent into psychotropic madness. A doctor named Gordon runs a health clinic that specializes in abortions. After each operation, Gordon shows up at the patient’s home, injects them with drugs, and kills them with a variety of household utensils. Meanwhile, Gordon's fifty-something wife gets pregnant with her poet boyfriend. She asks Gordon for an abortion aka CALLING DOCTOR BLOODBATH!! (9/15 at Vintage Park)

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES: HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. Part of the New York Critics Series, this screening will feature a simulcast Q&A with Simon Pegg and director Peter Chelsom. (9/16 at Vintage Park and Mason Park)

KUNG FU HUSTLE
Stephen Chow co-wrote, produced and directed this 2004 Chinese action comedy that brought Chuck Jones-inspired cartoon violence into the world of Hong Kong martial arts. Featuring over-the-top slapstick stunts, KUNG FU HUSTLE stars Chow as a wannabe gangster whose habit of impersonating members of the notoriously dangerous Axe Gang lands him in hot water once he runs afoul of the legendary group of thugs and murderers. It's up to the residents of a housing complex -- all retired martial arts master -- to help the opportunistic miscreant discover the hero he has buried inside. Find out why legendary comedian Bill Murray calls KUNG FU HUSTLE "the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy." (9/26 at Mason Park)

DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT: DAVID FINCHER
The Houston Film Critics Society present a double bill of films from director David Fincher. In anticipation of the release of Fincher’s latest film, GONE GIRL, join the HFCS as they screen two of Fincher’s previous works and explore the unique vision of a director who has established himself as one of the best living filmmakers of his generation. (9/27 at Vintage Park)

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