Rolling Roadshow: THE UNKNOWN w/Live Score at Laguna Gloria

Director Tod Browning
Year 1927
Starring Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry and Joan Crawford
Run Time 78min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Doors open at 7:30PM, screening will start at 9PM.
Don't worry about parking. Valet parking will be both complimentary and mandatory.

Tickets are available here.

The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, Austin Classical Guitar Society, and AMOA-Arthouse are teaming to present the 1927 silent masterpiece THE UNKNOWN starring Lon Chaney Sr. and Joan Crawford. It’s dark, bizarre, and brilliant.  We’ve commissioned European-based ultra-inventive duo Les Freres Meduses to compose an original film score for two guitars and violin. They’ll perform it live with virtuoso violinist William Fedkenheuer (2nd violinist of the famed Miró Quartet!).

Lon Chaney Sr. plays a circus knife thrower in a circus in Northern Spain (he throws knives with his feet – and plays guitar too…)! We’ll show the movie near the water on the gor­geous grounds of Laguna Gloria with food conceived by the Alamo’s Executive Chef John Bullington, wine selected by beverage guru Bill Norris, and live pre-show circus performers!  Alamo co-founder and CEO Tim League, Senior Programmer Lars Nilsen, and ACGS’ Matt Hinsley will talk movies and music before the show begins. 

This truly spectacular and bizarre silent classic stars the "Man of a Thousand Faces," Lon Chaney. He puts in an incredible performance as circus attraction "Alonzo The Armless," who throws knives with his feet. Beautiful young Joan Crawford plays the daughter of the circus owner. She hates and fears men's arms. So it's a match made in heaven, right? Wrong. It turns out that Alonzo actually has a perfectly good pair of arms tucked away under his clothes and he has on occasion used them for strangling people with - in fact his whole armless act is a designed to throw off the police who have been pursuing him across Europe. But with the buoyant energy of one truly in love, he bribes a doctor to amputate his arms so he can be Joan Crawford's dreamy armless loverboy. What could go wrong? Plenty, of course, but we've said enough. Join us for one of the most unbelievable movies ever made, accompanied by the perfect music and summer evening setting.

Your $50 includes not only the spectacular movie and music but also the fantastic menu below by Alamo Executive Chef John Bullington along with two glasses of wine (one white, one red) chosen with care by Alamo Beverage Director Bill Norris. After the complimentary glasses each wine will be available for $8 a glass.

Dinner Menu:

Puree of Sweet Pea with Mint and Jamon Serrano

Squid Escabeche, with Seville Orange, Pimento, Almond and Sherry

Tomato stuffed with Mushrooms, Leek, Manchego and Chorizo

Roasted Eggplant, Onion,  Summer Squashes in Romesco

Smoked Strip Loin with Cabrales and Vidalia Jam

Wine Pairings:

White: Palagetto Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2010

Red: La Bella Vita Frappato

***Note: There is a $45 ticket option available which is intended only for current members of the Austin Classical Guitar Society (member status will be checked at door) and AMOA-Arthouse. Members may purchase these discounted tickets online. Members of AMOA-Arthouse will be asked to present proof of membership upon arrival at the event so please bring your member ID card.



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