It’s official: Alamo Ritz Grand Opening Nov. 1
After months of hard work, we are finally ready to launch the new ship. With the Alamo Ritz, we have attempted to preserve all of the good things about the original flagship Alamo location, but solve a lot of the issues that came with building the place on a frayed-shoestring budget. Check out the Ritz show listings that will be updated this week and you will find that we have brought back all of our signature shows and events, replete with celebrity appearances, goofy gimmickery, and potentially dangerous stunts. We’ve also got quite a few surprises in store for you as well, not the least of which is a screen dedicated to first-run films. We’ll be showcasing small boutique films such as KING CORN and CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO, as well as big Hollywood films such as I AM LEGEND and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. We look forward to reuniting with our seemingly exiled audience at the Ritz in November and December, and if everything goes well, for decades to come.
Similar to the closing night of the original Drafthouse on Colorado Street, we are kicking things off on November 1 with a diverse triple feature of signature Alamo fun and excitement.
Show #1: Matango: Attack of the Mushroom Feast 7:00 PM
Matango is a little slice of guilty pleasure for us in the programming office. King of the Kaiju (Japanese rubber-suit monster movies) and creator of Godzilla and Mothra, Ishirô Honda crafted this story of a seven passangers out on a liesure cruise who end up shipwrecked on an island that was used for nuclear testing. Running out of canned food and emergency rations, the castaways are eventually forced to eat the strange mushrooms that have overrun the island. This, it turns out, is a really bad idea. AIP released MATANGO as Attack of the Mushroom People direct to TV during the peak of Gilligan’s Island fever and it was a late-night TV staple for years in the seventies. To present this film in true Alamo style, executive chef Trish Eichelberger has crafted 5 course mushroom menu complete with wine pairings (none of which should turn you into a flesh-eating anthropomorphic fungus).
The Matango Menu
White Miso and Oyster Mushroom Consommé with Seared Diver Scallop
Maitake Gyoza with Petite Enoki and Toasted Sesame Salad
Shitake and Pork Harumaki with Clementine Ponzu
Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Spicy Five Mushroom Duxelle, Soy-Mirin Beurre Noir, Truffled Japanesse Sweet Potato and Sake Seared Japanese Eggplant
Ginger Chocolate Truffle with Pomelo Meringue Mushrooms
Each course will have a wine pairing.
Show #2: Sneak Preview of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 9:45 PM
Everything we have heard about the new film by the Coen Brothers has been fabulous. Without a doubt, among the Alamo programmers, this is the most anticipated movie of the year and we will be celebrating our opening night at the new space right along side you all watching this one in giddy excitement. We'll have vintage Coen Brothers trailers before the film and more surprises TBA. (note: this advance screening is free, if we do not sell out of the grand opening tickets, seats will be opened up to this show on a first come, first serve).
Show #3: The very first Terror Thursday at the Ritz: Midnight
We can't yet announce the special midnight screening for grand opening, but I guarantee that it will jump start this signature series with an 80,000 volt electric shock. Check back soon to the website for more details on this title and more details about the "First Night at the Ritz".
Tickets for the opening night go on sale at 5:00 PM Sunday, October 21 at the Ritz. The remainder of tickets will go on sale at 6:00 PM online. We expect to sell out quickly, so if you want to go, we encourage you to come on down to the Ritz on Sunday.
Complete pricing information will be posted to the website on Friday, October 19.
Thanks everyone, and we'll see you soon at the Ritz!