We're really excited for the summer and its new crop of movies. Really, really excited. To help pass the time, we've jam-packed April with a ton of incredible events and films designed to help keep our movie-obsessing habits satisfied until IRON MAN 3 hits theaters. From upcoming first run films such as EVIL DEAD, PAIN & GAIN and GRACELAND to appearances by Master Pancake Theater and screenings of CLUE, GODZILLA and more - we've stocked up on what we hope will be incredible programming options for Houston's film lovers community.
LONDON'S WEST END - GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Tuesday, April 2 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
Thursday, April 25 @ 7:30 PM – Mason Park
For the very first time, the Dickens classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS will be staged in London’s West End, and Houston audiences will be able to share the historic opening night experience with a this HD presentation of Joe Clifford’s adaption - a show that has been universally acclaimed as a triumph on its sellout tour of the UK head of its West End debut.
THE LATE SHOW
April 1 – 4 – THE BLUES BROTHERS
April 8 – 11 – TREMORS
April 15 – 18 - JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING
April 22 – 25 – ALIENS
April 29 – May 2 – BATMAN
I don’t know about the rest of you but nothing helps me get ready for bed like a good movie and a glass of beer. Join us for a screening of a fan-favorite film every weeknight at Mason Park and Vintage Park. During our late round, we’ll offer $5 tickets to these cult classics. Come stay up late with us and watch a great movie on the big screen. Who needs to wake up early in the morning, anyway?
GRAVEYARD SHIFT: ARMY OF DARKNESS
Wednesday, April 3 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
We conclude our countdown to the new EVIL DEAD remake with a screening of Sam Raimi’s final (to date) entry in the original Evil Dead series. Bruce Campbell stars as Ash to battle deadly demonic forces, save his medieval girlfriend and get back to his own time. Luckily, the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler is a complete, 100 percent badass.
Thursday, April 4 @ 7:30 PM – Mason Park
Tuesday, April 23 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
Speaking of Sam Raimi, Liam Neeson stars in Raimi’s first attempt at the superhero genre – a manic, screwball dark action film about a scientist who can use technology to change his face to fight crime but can’ t stop being a complete psychopath after he survives being blown up by a group of thugs. Grab a ticket and prepare for pain because this movie will set your eyeballs on fire!
TOTALLY ‘80s SING-ALONG
Thursdays @ 7:30 PM - Vintage Park
Saturdays @ 9:30 PM – Mason Park
Join us for weekly Totally ‘80s Parties featuring a fresh set of tunes, a new assortment of props and a live host to help you enjoy a dance party in a movie theater. We’ll seamlessly blend a dance party that moves from The Safety Dance to Dancing in the Streets while Whitney Houston cries out that she wants to dance with somebody, and don’t forget that every music video is hand subtitles so you can sing too!
ALAMO KIDS CAMP
April 5 – 7 – ANNIE
April 12 – 14 – RANGO
April 19 – 21 – HOOK
April 26 – 28 – DICK TRACY (subject to change)
Join us every weekend at Vintage Park for free family fun. All ages are welcome to these screenings and seating is first come, first served unless you reserve your seat online by purchasing a $5 food and beverage voucher. Titles are subject to change and specific showtimes will be announced the Monday before the first screening.
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: BULLITT
Saturday, April 6 @ 10 AM
Join us for fast cars and tasty brunch as we screen the 1968 crime classic. Arrive early to check out a wealth of exotic and custom cars as COFFEE AND CARS takes over the Vintage Park Shopping Village parking lot. You’ll have a ton of beautiful steel to feast your eyes upon before settling in to a great movie on the big screen and a sneak preview of our new permanent brunch menu.
BROADWAY BRUNCH: BYE BYE BIRDIE
Sunday, April 7 @ 11 AM @ Vintage Park
Sunday, April 21 @ 11 AM @ Mason Park
Here’s the story, morning glory. If you want to put on a happy face, don’t miss the Broadway Brunch presentation of BYE BYE BRIDIE. Packed with insanely catchy tunes, this colorful musical will leave you in high spirits, especially after a few mimosas. And our brunch menu is so delicious, you’ll be doing the Birdie dance in your seat.
MASTER PANCAKE: ROAD HOUSE
Sunday, April 7 @ 6:30 PM – Vintage Park
ROAD HOUSE tells the story of Dalton, a Zen bouncer (or “cooler” as it’s called in the trade) played by Patrick Swayze, who uses his cooling powers and Zen wisdom (“Pain don’t hurt”) to help turn a seedy whisky joint into a somewhat less seedy whisky joint. Come watch Master Pancake give ROAD HOUSE, the Citizen Kane of bouncer movies, a roundhouse to the groin.
TOUGH GUY CINEMA: FACE/OFF
Tuesday, March 9 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
John Travolta and Nic Cage star as a cop and criminal tangled in a vicious game of cat and mouse. Grab a dead grandparent because this one is guaranteed to put the pulse back into even the most lifeless and joyous soul as Tough Guy Cinema prepares IN-THEATER PYROTECHNICS for FACE/OFF – the most WOO-TASTIC of all of John Woo’s American movies.
Wednesdays @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
Join us for a weekly mystery screening of a 35mm classic. You won’t know what the title is going in – you could be seining a rare lost cinema treasure, a Hollywood classic or an outrageously bad piece of wrongheaded filmmaking. You take the chance because you love cinema and, quite frankly, it’s a whole safer of a bet than playing Russian Roulette.
ACTION PACK: CLUE QUOTE-ALONG
Saturday, April 13 @ 7:30 PM – Mason Park
Saturday, April 27 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
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. All your favorite lines are subtitles plus we’re supplying you with props a-plenty.
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE SHINING
Saturday, April 13 @ 10 PM – Vintage Park
Saturday, April 27 @ 10 PM – Mason Park
We’re showing one of the greatest horror films ever made – Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece about the Torrance family, holed up for the winter as the caretakers of the Overlook hotel. This film 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 more!
DESTROY ALL DRAFTHOUSES! – A KAIJU HULLABALOOO
Sunday, April 14 @ 1 PM – Vintage Park
“History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man.” Join us for a daylong celebration of giant monster movies and the cities they love to destroy. We’ve announced KING KONG and GODZILLA but the other two movies are secret! We’ll have special guests, giveaways and – yes – men in rubber monster suits destroying small cardboard cities. Are you ready to roar?
MUSIC MONDAY: U2 – RATTLE AND HUM
Monday, April 15 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
Monday, April 29 @ 7:30 PM – Mason Park
Join us for a 35mm screening of Phil Joanou’s classic U2 concert film RATTLE AND HUM – just in time for its 25th anniversary. The film captures the band fresh from the success of The Joshua Tree, playing gigs in some monster arenas. You’ll hear some of the band’s signature songs – including “Angel of Harlem,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR 2013
Tuesday, April 16 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
Attracting sold out audiences across the globe, the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival returns to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Houston with a new selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure filmmakers. Exhilarating and thought provoking, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and anyone with a spirit of adventure.
GIRLIE NIGHT: LEGALLY BLONDE
Thursday, April 18 @ 7:30 PM – Mason Park
Tuesday, April 30 @ 7:30 PM – Vintage Park
If it was up to Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), this paragraph would be a super cool video essay highlighting all of the reasons why you should come to Girlie Night’s presentation of LEGALLY BLONDE. But even though we don’t have a video, we hope you’ll make like Harvard Law and admit our favorite Gemini vegetarian into your movie-watching schedule.
HORROR SHOW: EVIL DEAD 2
Saturday, April 20 @ 10 PM
The gonzo, ultra-creative EVIL DEAD 2 reunites the iconic Ash (Bruce Campbell) with a possessed cabin in the woods. But this time, Sam Raimi and co-writer Scott Spiegel weren’t happy with simply fashioning chainsaws as hands, decapitating demons and filling up rooms with blood – they wanted more! This is the definitive horror-comedy of 1987 and also all years forever after infinity.
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: VERTIGO
Sunday, April 21 @ 6:30 PM – Mason Park
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is a true feat of cinema, a dizzying rebuttal of the traditional films made at the time of its release. James Stewart gives an intense performance as Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco detective debilitated by acrophobia who finds himself immersed in a twisted and sinistery mystery involving the wife of his oldest friend – a beautiful and enigmatic woman (Kim Novak).
BADASS 101: ROLLERBALL
Sunday, April 21 @ 7 PM – Vintage Park
James Caan stars as a Rollerball player (playing for the Houston team to be exact!) who challenges the corporate-controlled future through the ultra-violent sport. We’re screening a 35mm print in this screening presented by Badass Digest managing editor Meredith Borders. In the not too distant future, wars will no longer exist. But there will be Rollerball!
MUSIC MONDAY: LED ZEPPELIN – THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
Monday, April 22 @ 7:30 PM – Mason Park
This is the Led Zeppelin concert movie that inspired thousands of ill-considered acid trips both during its initial run and later for years on home video. Filmed on the Houses of Holy tour, so there are no bad songs. Plus, there are the band’s ludicrous “fantasy segments” which you’ll have to see to believe. See it!
HORROR REMIX: DEATH ROCK PART II
Wednesday, April 24 @ 10 PM – Mason Park and Vintage Park
Horror Remix takes your favorite 80s cult horror films and cut out all of the nonsense, leaving only the barest of plot and of course all the gore and nudity you can handle. Why watch one bloated horror movie when you can cut the filler and watch the best parts of 3? Featuring an assemblage of amazing rock ‘n’ roll themed horror films!
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Saturday, April 27 @ 10 PM – Vintage Park
The Exceptional Beauties are back with a live shadowcast screening at our Vintage Park theater! Strap on those garter belts and dust off that pearl necklace because we’re doing the Time Warp again. Monthly shows switching between our two Houston theaters kick off this April! We see you shiver with anticip---------ation.
SUNDAY SLEAZE: THE GATE
Sunday, April 28 @ 7 PM – Vintage Park
Your parents always told you playing heavy metal records would send you straight to hell. Well, guess what? They were right. A group of kids find a hole to hell in their backyard and, thanks to the help of heavy metal music, their house is crawling with all sorts of goblins, imps and zombies. Can you believe this insane tribute to ‘80s creature feature excess was marketed as a kids’ movie?