The Alamo Drafthouse Best Place to Enjoy a Movie Without Talking and Texting!

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The Alamo Drafthouse Best Place to Enjoy a Movie Without Talking and Texting!

I love going to the movies, always have. Back in the last century, as a child, I used to go to the movies every Saturday morning with friends and we would watch the movie several times until the ushers would kick us out to begin that afternoon matinee. I was hooked from the beginning and went through different phases involving monster movies, war movies, Three Stooges and other wacked comedies up to the day we stayed for our first afternoon movie, Porgy and Bess. Yeah...and even though I was seven years old at the time. I loved it. I saw my first Fellini film at age 12 and movies just became more than a serious hobby. Later in life I also studied film making but honestly my favorite directors skewed wildly from Fellini to Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, David Lynch, Woody Allen, Luis Buñuel, Werner Herzog...wait stop! There are way too many to mention and frankly to say that I am a movie buff is putting it mildly. And though I did not become a film director I turned out to be more than a movie buff but a fan of the entire movie experience. After all, I think fan is short for fanatic!

In 1997, my brother, who was a wholesale food broker here in Austin, told me about a couple who were opening a new movie theater where you could enjoy a movie along with dinner and a bar. What a concept! He was helping them with a menu and supplies and everything that goes in to a restaurant but this one was located in a movie theater. I don't know about you but it can be a hassle to try and sneak "alien food items" into a movie and a six pack? Not impossible but extremely difficult! Now a person could attend a movie, order very good food (this is key at the Alamo Drafthouse, it's not just blah fare) and even get service for adult beverages. The new theater opened as The Alamo Drafthouse and took off in a nice fashion. Austin being a town where new concepts and many offbeat ideas can find a following was the perfect place for the theater to grow! The theater began to draw a consistent and loyal crowd of patrons for all kinds of movies.

The Alamo Drafthouse was not only a place for movies dinner and drinks but the owners were also avid movie fans! They took movies (and the movie experience) seriously. And despite Netflix, online movie streaming, pay per view and all the other ways a person can enjoy a film, there is no duplicating sitting in a theater, lights down, silver screen bigger than life and just losing yourself in the experience. For those who watch movies on a computer, iPad or even an iphone...I don't get it, it just does not work for me and I am not alone. The theater regularly sponsors all sorts of theme movie events and other activities that consistently set them apart from any other movie experience you will ever encounter. If you have yet to check them out, do so soon. The original theater has expanded to several more in a small chain that is now in other cities other than Austin.

One of the very best things about movies at The Alamo Drafthouse is a no tolerance policy for talking, texting and any other activity that disturbs the movie for the patrons. To that end, people who act inappropriately are warned and then if that does not work are politely asked to LEAVE! Recently, this happened and the irate patron called the Box Office and left a scathing message. The owners of the Alamo Drafthouse, kept the recording and turned it into a video clip that now airs before each movie as a warning that they are serious about talking, texting and any other actions that would interfere with a movie experience. Now the video has gone viral and has turned out to be yet another boon for this great theater chain. Check it out below, I have used the censored version but will let you make your own assessment of the caller and her complaint...




...Yeah...I know what you are thinking and we can just leave it at that! Well wait a minute, I actually I cracked up at the comment that every other theater in Austin had no problem with rude and inconsiderate patrons...yeah right! The Alamo Drafthouse is just another one of the things that help keep Austin weird and wonderful at the same time. My name is Russell Lewis, Austin is my home and I love almost everything about our often weird but always fun city. I have twenty years experience assisting buyers and sellers in Austin's finest neighborhoods. I am not all things to all people and concentrate the majority of my business in Central, West and Southwest Austin and the Westlake/Eanes School District. If you or anyone you know is anticipating purchasing or selling real estate and would like to learn more about living The Good Life in Austin Texas. I would be happy to be of assistance. Email or call my mobile listed below for a private consultation at your convenience!

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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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I am on my way.  I have ZERO tolerance for talking, texting, etc. in the movies.  Imaging sitting in a tiered movie theater with all the phones lighting up around you.  The Alamo Drafthouse is definitely for me.

Jun 12, 2011 03:16 PM #52
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

It is one of the most annoying things to have to deal with a person that does not respect the people around them and think they are the most important person going.

Jun 13, 2011 12:32 AM #53
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Hi Russell - that is awesome that the Alamo Drafthouse actually takes a stand and has rules about texting. I think it is so rude in some places. And that girls comments . . . wow!! Wonder how old she is? 

Jun 13, 2011 04:39 AM #54
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Hi everyone, I really like all of the comments and appreciate everyone contributing to the discussion. I will be back this evening to reply!
Jun 13, 2011 05:11 AM #55
Allysoun Musslewhite
AvenueOne Properties, Inc. - Austin, TX

Oh Russell, this is such a HOOT! I cannot believe the mouth on that girl and think it's so funny that The Alamo Drafthouse turned it into their own public service announcement

Good for them!

Jun 13, 2011 07:15 AM #56
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This place souns awesome...I wish it were in my neighborhood!

Jun 14, 2011 01:14 PM #57
Linda Traylor

I loved it!! They know what they're doing and how cool that they made a bad situation into a funny one!

Jun 14, 2011 04:08 PM #58
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Russell - I'm having a lazy Friday morning and catching up on featured posts I missed during a hectic week.  I'm glad I read this one!

Jun 17, 2011 04:43 AM #60
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Hi Russell!   Ha ha ha ... funny post!   Keep Austin Weird!!!!

Hope life is going well for you!!

Jun 17, 2011 06:26 AM #61
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Russell  I saw that again last week on one of ou rlocal stations

Jun 20, 2011 09:41 AM #62
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That video is hilarious!  But I like the theater concept.  Your town sounds like a fun place alright.  Now what about those prize winning peaches... when are we going to hear about them?

Jun 20, 2011 04:06 PM #63
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Russel, highly entertaining post on all levels. My husband tells me I'd like Austin - I know I'd like the the Alamo Drafthouse. People who talk, text or do anything to distract us from the show ought to be "ousted." Glad to have stumbled upon your blog - good writing and topics. I'm a new subscriber. (Plus you're a fellow runner!)

Jun 21, 2011 01:29 PM #64
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Just stopped by to say that I

Happy Fourth of July!

Jul 04, 2011 05:48 AM #65
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Hi Russell,

What a wonderful business to have in your community.  I would be there every week.

Jul 05, 2011 03:38 PM #66
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Russell,

Another great post as usual! I have been a fan of the Alamo for about  15 years. Its hard to think it has been that long, but I am always an early adopter for something great! thanks & keep up the great job!


Jul 13, 2011 05:40 AM #67
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Missing you, Russell!  Hope you're having a great's time for a phone call!!  What works for you?

Jul 16, 2011 05:15 AM #68
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

FYI-Just in case your thinking about trying the Violet Crown, check out my Yelp review first. your best bet is to stay with the Alamo!! They do it right!!

Jul 16, 2011 08:18 AM #69
Robin Scott
Robin Scott, REALTOR® - Austin, TX
Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas

Russell, Love Alamo Drafthouse and love Quirky Austin. My hairdresser's salon has a no cell phone zone policy. Really people, take a break.

Jul 23, 2011 04:01 PM #70
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

The last time I actually went to a theater to watch a movie was December 13, 2002. And how do I remember that? I looked in Wikipedia under "Last time Russel Ray went to a movie theater." However if YOU want to find that entry, you need to type in "Star Trek" and then scroll down to the Star Trek movies.

Aug 31, 2011 08:24 AM #71
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Good morning Russell,

This is a great idea!  I need to find out if they've expanded to CA.

Mar 11, 2012 10:22 PM #72
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