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Three days, ten movies, beautiful 35mm restorations! Presented in partnership with the Film Noir Foundation. Runs February 28-March 2. 


The Alamo Drafthouse is very excited to annouce, in partnership with the Film Noir Foundation, the first annual NOIR CITY: AUSTIN festival, coming to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz from February 28th to March 2nd. A three day extravaganza of rare 35mm film noir screenings hosted by FNF president Eddie Muller, this weekend  is a communal celebration of all things film noir.

NOIR CITY: AUSTIN will feature ten individual film screenings featuring both cannonical and forgotten works of film noir. The lineup of titles boasts two of the Foundation's latest preservation efforts, TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949) and TRY AND GET ME! (1951), along with an impeccable selection of vintage noir titles such as ALIAS NICK BEAL (1949), LARCENY (1948), THE CHASE (1946), and more! NOIR CITY: AUSTIN will feature these films in beautifully restored 35mm prints!  Most of these titles have not screened for Austin audiences since their initial release decades ago.

Find showtimes and buy tickets here! Unfortunately we are unable to offer package tickets at this time but all tickets are $7.75 each. 

Eddie Muller says, "I couldn't be more thrilled that Austin is the latest addition to the NOIR CITY roadshow. I love the Alamo Drafthouse and am excited to be part of its mission: keeping creative and communal rep programming thriving. Since this is the first NOIR CITY at the Drafthouse, it's a virtual 'greatest hits' of all the titles the Film Noir Foundation has restored or recovered from obscurity. It'll be a fantastic weekend."

NOIR CITY is the centerpiece celebration of the Film Noir Foundation, an organization who counts James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane and Leonard Maltin amongst its personnel. A non-profit public benefit corporation, the Film Noir Foundation was created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.

It is the mission of the Film Noir Foundation to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations. That's the high-toned legalese. Here are the facts: Even as the high-tech revolution lets us own vast film libraries on DVD, the risk grows greater all the time that 35mm prints of some films will fall into disuse and eventually disintegrate—especially lesser-known titles that have slipped through the cultural cracks, but are worthy of rediscovery.

The NOIR CITY: AUSTIN festival and celebration will be hosted by "the Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller. As president of the Film Noir Foundation, Eddie has been instrumental in "rescuing America's noir heritage," restoring and preserving such classics as THE PROWLER (1951) and CRY DANGER (1951). In 2011 he presented a month-long series of rare noir at the Cinematheque Française in Paris. A best-selling and award winning author, Eddie has also provided commentary for more than two dozen DVDs. He was a guest programmer and presenter at the 2012 and 2013 TCM Classic Film Festivals in Hollywood.



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