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In eager anticipation for Denis Villeneuve's upcoming continuation of the extraordinary BLADE RUNNER universe, we invite you to explore the dystopian cinematic worlds that either influenced or were later influenced by this seminal science fiction classic.  What was true in the industrial revolution still resonates today: mankind’s relentless pursuit of technological advancement may inadvertently sacrifice the liveability of our world.  Come explore with us some of our favorite cautionary tales in cinema history; walk with us down the Road to Nowhere.

—Tim League, founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Screening Lineup

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  • 12 MONKEYS with LA JETÉE


    Terry Gilliam's sprawling, feature length adaptation of Chris Marker's short film takes us on city hopping journey through time to save humanity.

  • 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS


    Out of all of diesel-soaked bastard children of the ROAD WARRIOR, it's the only one featuring post-apocalyptic pimp Fred Williamson. And rollerskating. 100% not from America yet still 1000% American.

  • 2046


    In the boozy aftermath of a doomed affair in ‘60s Hong Kong, a writer holes up in his apartment. Meanwhile, in the far future, a man on a strange trip falls in love with an android.

  • AKIRA (Subtitled)


    Two teens are Neo Tokyo’s only hope for survival once one of their friends inadvertently becomes a psychically enabled super weapon in this epoch-defining animated cyberpunk masterpiece.

  • AKIRA (Dubbed)


    Two teens are Neo Tokyo’s only hope for survival once one of their friends inadvertently becomes a psychically enabled super weapon in this epoch-defining animated cyberpunk masterpiece.

  • ALPHAVILLE


    Out-of-time secret agent named Lemmy Caution is on the case to save the girl and smash the state in Jean Luc Godard’s iconoclastic 1965 love letter to film noir, futurism and pulp fiction.

  • BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT 4K Restoration


    It is a classic cornerstone of cinema that forever changed our conception of the future. Screening one night only exclusively at the Alamo Drafthouse in a stunning new 4K restoration.

  • THE BLOOD OF HEROES


    The only feature film directed by David Peoples, co-screenwriter of BLADE RUNNER, this dystopian sci-fi movie starring Rutger Hauer is an unjustly-forgotten classic of the post-apocalyptic genre.

  • BRAZIL


    Totalitarian dystopias REALLY hate being corrected. When a daydreaming bureaucrat finds a typo in an official report and tries to fix it, his life is thrown into chaos and malfunction.

  • BRAZIL - Director's Cut


    Totalitarian dystopias REALLY hate being corrected. When a daydreaming bureaucrat finds a typo in an official report and tries to fix it, his life is thrown into chaos and malfunction.

  • THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN


    Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s dystopian masterpiece centers on an evil, insomniac scientist who engages a cyborg army to abduct children and harvest their dreams to use as his arcane sleep aid.

  • DEATH RACE 2000


    Cartoonish villains race custom cars across the country, taking down innocent by-standers for sport. Produced by exploitation master Roger Corman, this satire features Sylvester Stallone pre-Rocky.

  • Weird Wednesday: DEATH RACE 2000


    Cartoonish villains race custom cars across the country, taking down innocent by-standers for sport. Produced by exploitation master Roger Corman, this satire features Sylvester Stallone pre-Rocky.

  • DREDD 3D


    The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets.

  • EQUILIBRIUM


    Before he was Batman, Christian Bale starred in this 2002 slice of dystopian sci-fi with a penchant for gun-kata fueled fight scenes. Written and directed by Kurt Wimmer (ULTRAVIOLET).

  • FAHRENHEIT 451


    François Truffaut adapts Ray Bradbury’s classic. In a flame-retardant future world, “firemen” now seek out and burn all remaining books, the source of dangerous ideas in an otherwise orderly society.

  • THE FIFTH ELEMENT Movie Party


    Strap on your electric-orange suspenders, matching pageboy wig and don’t forget your mul-tee-pass, and come prepared to LIVE the Skittle-colored action along with Leeloo and Korben.

  • THE FUTURE SUCKS - A MYSTERY MOVIE MARATHON


    The modern world got you down? Don't worry, it could - and will - get a lot, lot worse. Audiences will be treated to four movies - all plucked from the depths of cinematic prophecy.

  • HARDWARE


    Richard Stanley's ultra-violent robot movies plays like a dystopian SHORT CIRCUIT by way of George Miller, featuring Iggy Pop as a radio host and enough excess to earn the scorn of the MPAA in 1990.

  • Film Club: INFINITY BABY


    Science has created a world where babies do not age. Now a group of mal-adjusted misfits with social disorders aplenty have to sell them.

  • METROPOLIS


    It is hard to imagine what METROPOLIS, an angry assault against corporate greed wrapped in dazzling and influential special effects imaginable, must have done to the movie-going brains of 1927.

  • Free Victory: THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS


    This free screening for members of Alamo's Victory program is presented by MUBI.

  • PRAYER OF THE ROLLERBOYS


    Corey Haim stars as a benevolent punk in a society of rollerbladers run by a gang of teenage racists. The US economy has crashed! Harvard has moved to Japan! Mexico is trying to keep US citizens out!

  • REPO MAN


    Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez repossess cars in an LA that has devolved into brutal chaos. But one due-for-repo Malibu is about to either destroy their world or offer strange salvation.

  • BMD Presents: ROBOCOP Movie Party w/ Livestream Q&A


    Paul Verhoeven’s wild cybernetic vision of future of law enforcement, with a once-in-a-lifetime livestream event broadcast and special props included with the ticket so you can interact with the film.

  • BMD Presents: ROBOCOP w/ Livestream Q&A


    Peter Weller, the first and the greatest RoboCop, will be there live and in person for a conversation and Q&A that’ll get beamed into screenings across the country.

  • A SCANNER DARKLY


    Richard Linklater’s literally twitchy and twisted animated adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s surveillance state masterpiece of paranoia, recrimination and bugs is timelier than ever.

  • Drawesome: A SCANNER DARKLY


    Richard Linklater’s literally twitchy and twisted animated adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s surveillance state masterpiece of paranoia, recrimination and bugs is timelier than ever.

  • SERENITY Movie Party


    The year: 2517. Nathan Filiian leads an outcast gang of smugglers with hearts of (tarnished) gold through the nooks and crannies space who may just end up being called to save the universe.

  • SERENITY Movie Party


    The year: 2517. Nathan Filiian leads an outcast gang of smugglers with hearts of (tarnished) gold through the nooks and crannies space who may just end up being called to save the universe.

  • SPLIT SECOND


    Rutger Hauer is the hero detective this time, searching the streets for a monster that is ripping hearts out in a 2008 London that is plagued by rising sea levels.

  • STRANGE DAYS


    Kathryn Bigelow's 1995 cyber thriller takes place at the turn of the millennium where racist cops reign supreme, VR is a drug and memories are currency.

  • WATERWORLD


    The polar ice caps have melted and the earth is now liquid. It's reality! No, it's actually just the premise for 1995's grossly misunderstood epic WATERWORLD.

  • ZARDOZ


    "The Gun is good! The Penis is evil!" Sean Connery is Zed, clad in thigh-high boots and little else in this wild imaging of a future that separates a barbaric race from a cold, elitist society.

  • The Late Show: ZARDOZ


    "The Gun is good! The Penis is evil!" Sean Connery is Zed, clad in thigh-high boots and little else in this wild imaging of a future that separates a barbaric race from a cold, elitist society.

  • GATTACA


    GATTACA is a smart, beautifully crafted piece of not-so-science-fiction that manages to successfully mix social commentary and suspense into an enthralling story.

  • CHILDREN OF MEN


    CHILDREN OF MEN remains the high-water mark for emotionally complex, formally daring science fiction, and a reminder that regardless of the depths to which we fall, there’s always hope.

  • The Late Show: DARK CITY


    A world where the night never ends. Where man has no past. And humanity has no future.

  • THX 1138


    Before creating his space opera for the ages, George Lucas crafted a minimalist dystopia straight out of George Orwell's bleakest nightmares.

  • A BOY AND HIS DOG


    A weird, offbeat sci-fi movie about one of the genre's favorite subjects: the survivors of a nuclear holocaust.

  • DREDD 2D


    The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets.

  • THE FIFTH ELEMENT


    Grab your multipass to see Luc Besson's elemental sci-fi epic!

  • BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS WITH C. ROBERT CARGILL


    Cargill will present and sign his critically acclaimed new novel Sea of Rust. Following the signing, Cargill will introduce a screening of BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS.

  • LOGAN'S RUN


    Welcome to the 23rd century. A perfect world of total pleasure...there's just one catch.

  • SNOWPIERCER


    In this dystopian sci-fi thriller from director Bong Joon Ho (THE HOST, MOTHER), a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet.

  • MINORITY REPORT


    Everybody runs (especially Tom Cruise) in Steven Spielberg's take on Philip K. Dick

  • SILENT RUNNING


    Set in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth is without any plants or animals, the only ecosystem that it has...is located in space.

  • DARK CITY


    Forget the sun. Forget time. Forget your memories in Alex Proyas' neo noir '90s cult classic

  • DEMON SEED


    It's hard to believe this queasy thriller about a self-aware computer that takes over a scientist's automated house and impregnates his wife with a cyborg baby (!) actually exists.

  • THE MATRIX


    Take the Red Pill and hack into The Wachowskis' groundbreaking techno tale.

  • The Late Show: STALKER


    One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape.

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