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Lubbock, it’s your August programming!

Expendapalooza, THE EVIL DEAD in 35mm and more!

Lubbock, it’s your August programming!

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Lubbock is proud to announce its specialty programming for August 2014. Advanced tickets for all films and events are available at

A month-long salute to badass teams!

In 1992, moviegoers got a glimpse of what writer/director indie film god Quentin Tarantino could do. RESERVOIR DOGS, the filmmaker's feature debut, is a taut, original, funny, and entertaining look at a jewel heist gone wrong. The film unfolds in the now famous Tarantino non-linear style, which utilizes flashbacks to maximum effect both in story and character, and encompasses his flair for cinematic homage and energy. If you're looking for the best of independent film the 90's had to offer than you couldn't start with a better movie than RESERVOIR DOGS. (8/1 and 8/6)

Most movies use special effects to create giant creatures and impossible battles. But very few are courageous enough to use ACTUAL MAGIC. Effects ultra-mega-wizard Ray Harryhausen put every drop of his patented silver screen sorcery into JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, a rough-and-tumble mythological adventure that puts every other kid-friendly epic to shame. Young warrior Jason travels across the world in search of The Golden Fleece, flanked by Hercules and other masters of adventure. Along the way, they’ll engage in hair-raising battles with wicked harpies, an army of skeletons, the multi-headed Hydra and a war giant made entirely of impenetrable metal! (8/3)

Over their storied careers the Marx Brothers have created so many classic moments you can't come close to counting them on all of your fingers and toes. Because of this, it's so hard to name their definitive masterpiece. But we're going to tell you a little secret in case you ever find yourself in a life-or-death situation and need to choose: The answer is DUCK SOUP. Over the course of a frantic, hysterical 68 minutes the Brothers Marx showcase their collective comedic and performance genius from one brilliant set piece to another. (8/4)

For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe. At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest events of 2014. (8/6 and 8/13)

Warriors...come out to play-ee-ay. Preposterously themed street gangs, electrifying synths, raging fisticuffs and a lean, mean, macho man story. Cyrus has assembled all of the gangs in New York City to unify them. But when Cyrus ends up dead, The Warriors take the wrap and every face painted, spiked bat carrying, homicidal maniac in the city is out to kill them as our true-hearted, iron-willed Coney Island rumblers punch, bite and bleed their way home through the labyrinth of Manhattan. Once you see The Warriors all you will ever want to see is The Warriors again. CAN YOU DIG IT?"  (8/8 and 8/11)

We’re teaming up with 8th Dimension Comics & Games for a free screening of Marvel’s greatest achievement (thus far). Captain America. Iron Man. The Hulk. Thor. Black Widow. Hawkeye. Only a few years ago nobody was sure Marvel would be able to unite their biggest heroes in one film – now we’re greedily anticipating the studio’s next magic trick. Come out to the theater and relive all the awesome fun of THE AVENGERS – a movie that brought out the kid in all of us, if only for two and a half glorious hours. (8/10)

Rob Reiner’s film about the sadness that comes with the end of childhood still maintains an emotional resonance over 25 years after it was released. Starring the talented young quartet of River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman, STAND BY ME encompasses all the joy and pain of adolescence with an honest and deft touch, something rarely seen in the genre these days. To celebrate this modern classic we will be presenting it with delicious gourmet food at a four-course meal. And yes, of course we’ll be serving blueberry pie for dessert. (8/12)

This month, Girlie Night journeys to the best place on earth, home of big hair and even bigger gossip: Truvy's Beauty Salon. In this charming little parlor, you don't just get your hair and nails did-- you get life lessons from some of the best and sassiest actresses to ever grace the screen. Without STEEL MAGNOLIAS, how would you know that there are so many different shades of pink (including Blush and Bashful)? So tease up your hair, grab your bestie and join us for a cinematic celebration of friendship, perms and Southern living. It'll be even better than a slice of armadillo cake. (8/20)

The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, stars Ellen Page (Juno) as Bliss, a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock) plays Bliss’ disapproving mother, while Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) and Juliette Lewis (Old School) play roller-derby stars. The West Texas Roller Dollz will be on hand to introduce the screening, showcase their skills at a live outdoor demo and then throw the killer of all afterparties in the Glass Half Full Taproom. Join us or face a hip check! (8/20)

Nothing compares to the glee one feels while hearing the opening theme songs to cartoon classics from the '80s and '90s. The kind of stuff that rages into your heart and makes your fists burst into the air as you witness the most powerful teams ever put together. We’ve assembled the greatest collection of extreme team cartoons that will kick-start your kid to a lifetime of curiosity and ill-advised escapades. And if seeing the ragingest, most mutagentic maniacs thwart evildoers isn't enough we'll be jam-packing your stomachs with an all-you-can-eat sugary cereal overdose. So what are you waiting for? THE POWER IS YOURS! (8/30)

Interactive screenings and cinematic events

One of the greatest and most quotable movies of all time is getting the Action Pack Quote-Along treatment and you can be there for all its sword fighting, coconut clomping glory at the Alamo Drafthouse! As always we'll have the best lines subtitled karaoke style for your quoting pleasure as well as some of the silliest songs you can hope to sing. We'll also have swords for everyone, coconut halves for you to bring your imaginary horses to life and a test of will, dexterity and might prior to the show to recruit some brave knights to our cause. (8/2)

Don’t bother trying to fight the urge to sing along with the Backstreet Boys. Stop pretending like you’re too cool for N’Sync. There’s no use hiding the fact that you had New Kids on the Block dolls and pillow cases in your childhood bedroom (and maybe still in your apartment today). We know you love boy bands. Why? Because boy bands are super awesome, and you’re a super awesome person. Sure, this show may not be for everyone, but it was designed specifically for everyone who enjoys fun. So unless you’re a fun hater, we’ll see you there! Backstreet’s back! All right! (8/7)

Obviously, there's no better place to celebrate the power of Swayze than Girlie Night, where we're unleashing the brand new quote-along (and sing-along! and dance-along!) version of the film. We've partnered with the Action Pack to take this film to the next level, which means your favorite lines and songs will be subtitled, and you'll receive interactive props, like maracas for the mambo and Patrick Swayze fans so you can cool yourself down from his hotness. Join us for this special night at Kellerman's, where chair dancing is encouraged and absolutely no one will be put in the corner. Proceeds from this special movie and dinner package will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. (8/7)

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. (8/14)

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! (8/21)

Justin Timberlake has been entertaining audiences like no one else for decades, and so of course it's time for the Action Pack DJs to celebrate his awesomeness with a dance party and sing-along featuring all of his greatest hits. Whether you're wearing your Suit & Tie or opting for the more classic un-ironic fedora with an Afghan scarf around your neck, check yourself out in your Mirrors and head down to your Alamo Drafthouse this month, fully prepared to Rock Your Body. Gentlemen, good night. Ladies, good morning! (8/28)

Horror classics, back on the big screen where they belong

David Cronenberg’s THE FLY mixes in elements of the topmost of top shelf horror, science fiction and drama. Leading the charge is the always charismatic Jeff Golblum’s at his intense-eyed best. Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle, a scientist working on a project that could change the world forever, teleportation pods. When a test run with the devices goes horribly wrong, Brundle finds himself transforming into something not quite human. If you’ve never seen The Fly or if it’s been too long (and really, it’s always been too long since you’ve seen a movie this good), don’t miss this special 35mm screening of one of the best horror films ever made. (8/15)

Join us for a screening of the original EVIL DEAD before the remake hits theaters. Every week, we'll screen a film from the original trilogy. Whether you're a rabid gore nut or the wimpy old Pope, you're well aware that the most monumental horror series of the 20th Century is THE EVIL DEAD trilogy. Big-time filmmaker Sam Raimi and big-chin actor Bruce Campbell knocked out their baby teeth on these movies, heading deep into the woods to scare up massively effective shocks on a miniscule budget. And when the first EVIL DEAD hit theaters, horror cinema was altered forever. (8/26)

Regional premieres and all-time classics – animation straight from Japan

Prepare for the Dragon Ball Z experience of a lifetime as Earth's greatest heroes hit the big screen in DRAGONBALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that BATTLE OF GODS is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama. (8/5 and 8/9)

Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap. (8/17 in English, 8/19 in Japanese)

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! (8/31)

Free screenings every morning – all ages welcome!

Johnny Depp teams up with his PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN director Gore Verbinski to star as Rango, a pet chameleon who is taken from his safe terrarium and left in the Old West. Once there, the young lizard takes it upon himself to become the sheriff. But he soon discovers that the town don’t take too kindly to strange reptiles, especially ones who fancy themselves “good guys.” Also starring Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina and Harry Dean Stanton. (8/1 – 8/7)

When AN AMERICAN TAIL was released in 1986, the world of American animation was forever changed. For the first time in history, grownups were taking cartoons seriously! With Steven Spielberg as the executive producer and presenter, Fievel and the Mousekewitz family succeeded where many cartoon mice had failed. Join us on a journey to 19th century America, through the eyes of some very gullible singing rodents who actually believe in the dream of a land with cheese-paved roads. There really are cats in America though, and those cats are voiced by Dom DeLuise. (8/8 – 8/14)

A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. (James Cromwell). (8/15 – 8/21)

When an arranged marriage between Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot reaches the rehearsals, Victor starts to worry. Spending time alone in the forest, Victor decides to practice on his own. Everything seems to go well, until he accidentally puts the ring upon the hand of a corpse. Before he knows it, Victor is in the land of dead and now has a corpse bride. Whilst everyones worries about who Victoria will marry in the land of the living, Victor desperately finds a way to get back. (8/22 – 8/28)


Prepare to puke! Shot on Super 8mm in Poolville, Texas and crammed with neon barf, disembowelments, and ambitious latex monsters, THE ABOMINATION is a benchmark in D.I.Y. trash-gore insanity. Cody lives with his mom in a wood-paneled shack. Mom devotes her life to shady evangelist Brother Fogg. Mom hacks up a tumor. The tumor infects Cody. He coughs one up, too. Soon, the tumors multiply. They infect the entire house and take form as The Abomination -- a bloody monster that hides in a washing machine and tears people in half! It's psychedelic anxiety, 1980s style. (8/5 at Vintage Park)

The week need not apply. Settle for a Saturday of non-stop, hairy-chested action. We’re screening five films – four classic action epics in 35mm and THE EXPENDABLES 3. Besides EXPENDABLES 3, though, you won’t know which films you’re about to watch until the lights go down and the 35mm projector purrs to life. All your favorite action stars will be there – Stallone, Schwarzenegger and more. If you like action films, if you enjoy sitting for long periods of time while your brain soaks up excitement, if you don’t have anything better going on … we dare you to EXPLODE with us at this Expendapalooza! (8/16)

Join us for a double feature of THE DOG, an intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, followed by the film he inspired, DOG DAY AFTERNOON. In August, 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. (8/17)

ELVIS: THAT'S THE WAY IT IS offers a candid look at Elvis Presley at a point when he decided to permanently abandon movie roles and return triumphantly to concert gigs. It shows him strutting around Vegas with his entourage, painstakingly preparing for his stage show, relaxing backstage and trading jokes with his vocal accompanists, and, of course, Elvis before a live, loud audience. Join us for a screening of this dynamic portrait, which has been digitally remastered for this theatrical re-release. (8/18)

A hilarious and moving look at legendary actor, activist and pop culture icon George Takei, who has conquered new frontiers from outer space to Capitol Hill with his trademark grin. Oh, my!  (8/22)


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