Every summer the Alamo Drafthouse makes a whirlwind tour of the U.S. and beyond, hosting 35mm screenings of famous movies in famous places. The screenings are set in the iconic locations where classic films were shot or set. In years past, the Rolling Roadshow Tour has been to the FIELD OF DREAMS in Iowa with Kevin Costner live in person, Devil's Tower in Wyoming for a screening of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, Alcatraz Island for a screening of ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ and Almeria, Spain for a screening of Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy.
In 2010, the Alamo Drafthouse partnered with Levi’s for a Rolling Roadshow Tour to celebrate cinema’s greatest workers. The eclectic line up of workers included an oil baron (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), a cyborg cop (ROBOCOP), missionaries (THE BLUES BROTHERS), law-benders (DIRTY HARRY), law-breakers (JACKIE BROWN), championship contenders (ROCKY) and coulda-been contenders (ON THE WATERFRONT).
JACKIE BROWN in Los Angeles, CA
The Proud Bird – director Quentin Tarantino joined attendees for a screening of his 90s crime classic overlooking LAX, where Pam Grier’s flight attendant gets busted by the ATF, kick-starting the high stakes game of double-cross and intrigue.
DIRTY HARRY in San Francisco, CA
Washington Square Park – the sniper serial killer scouts the park from a rooftop in this park, lining up his next victim in crosshairs in this chilling scene.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD in Bakersfield, CA
The Oil Experience, Kern County Museum – Oscar-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson frequented this museum, dedicated to the early oilmen in Bakersfield, CA, for inspiration and research while adapting Upton Sinclair’s Oil! The film’s wooden derrick was modeled after the museum’s replica and the screening was held under the shadow of this derrick.
CONVOY and RED DAWN in Las Vegas, NM
Ft. Union Drive-In – in the name of blue collar masculinity, a double feature of desert action and power! CONVOY, a Sam Peckinpah-directed movie about truck drivers, and RED DAWN were both filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
THE BLUES BROTHERS in Joliet, IL
Old Joliet Prison – in the film’s opening, “Joliet” Jake Blues exits these prison gates to be picked up by his brother Ellwood in their iconic battered police cruiser.
ROBOCOP in Detroit, MI
Russell Industrial Center – screened in the scenic urban wilds of “Old Detroit.”
ROCKY, ROCKY II and ROCKY III in Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art – moviegoers sat on the same steps where Rocky made his triumphant ascension at the conclusion of one of the most epic training montages…ever.
ON THE WATERFRONT in Hoboken, NJ
Pier A Park – attendees watched one of the all time greats, Marlon Brando in ON THE WATERFRONT, on the waterfront. The classic film was shot on location on the piers of Hoboken, N.J. Adjacent to Pier A is the Hoboken Historical Museum with detailed information about the filming locations.
GODFATHER II in New York, NY
Rooftop Near Little Italy – an ambitious young gangster named Vito Corleone earns the “Don” after taking down a local crime boss. In a spectacular sequence from the inarguably best sequel of all time, Robert De Niro tracks his target from the rootops of Little Italy.