Someday, you too, can have a Drafthouse


Dear NYC-area Geeking Out About Readers with Money,

I am a movie fan who can’t afford to go see movies every week like my boss does. However, if there happened to be a New York City-version of the world-famous Alamo Drafthouse, I would eat ramen noodles for dinner more often in order to be able to save up enough money to be able to watch a movie, drink alcohol, and eat food all at the same time.

I know we have the IFC Theater and the Angelika, but it’s just not the same. I remember back when I was living in Southern California and when Downtown Disney opened up, one of my most favorite things to do would be to get a cup of Irish coffee from the Disneyland Hotel bar and bring it with me to the movie theater. Drinking while watching movies with your friends and a whole bunch of strangers is an awesome experience, and I want to experience that here instead of having to fly all the way down to Austin.

So please, if you have money and good business skills, would you please consider being a Drafthouse franchise-owner? With movies costing $10 a ticket these days, theaters need to start doing more to entice audiences in this recession. Do it for the economy! Do it for your love of movies!

But most importantly, do it for me?

Trisha Lynn

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 07:17 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by Kachi
    on 2008-11-14 at 07:51

    ahah! Tight! I totally live in Austin and I only see my movies at the Drafthouse.

  2. Written by MaskedVigilante
    on 2008-11-14 at 08:57

    “We’re proud of the fact that we don’t show any advertising,” President and CEO John Martin said. “People don’t want to pay for a movie and then be bombarded with 15 minutes of dancing candy and fountain drinks.”

    I’d be tickled pink if dancing candy was ALL we had to deal with before the movie (in a generic multiplex.)

    Last movie I saw, I counted 8 commercials (Verizon Wireless, deodorant, etc.) and 6 trailers with varying degrees of bad sound before the feature began.

    To have easy access to one of these Drafthouses would be a dream.

  3. Written by ines
    on 2008-11-14 at 14:54

    I live in Austin too, and it’s pretty amazing to see how well-known the Alamo Drafthouse is becoming. You definitely always have a good experience there.

    The pre-movie “shows” at Alamo usually consist of a combination of random (and weird) clips, very old-school cartoons, old movie trailers or things pertaining to the film that’s about to screen. They showed the old 60s cartoon of Iron Man before the movie.

    Anyway, I think the best part about Alamo are the ticket prices. I’m pretty sure they’re the cheapest in town…only $6.50 if you’re a student! Otherwise, it’s $8.50.

  4. Written by Tsiwt
    on 2008-11-14 at 15:35

    Used to live in Austin, but not anymore. When visiting recently for my brother’s wedding, and finally got to experience the downtown Alamo drafthose myself, at one of ther Master Pankake Theater showings.

    Listening to those folks cracks jokes while watching “Goldfinger” (one of the more enjoyable Bond movies, but still with plenty laughable moments), and playing a drinking game with a Vesper martini (or two), will be one of the highlights of my life when I pass away.

    I often dream of opening a theater like this, and I do think it would be a decent investment even in tiems like this. Who knows?

  5. Written by Michael
    on 2008-11-15 at 00:08

    This entry has made my day. I was reading Multiplex and I saw this link under the comic tonight. I’m from Katy, Texas (just outside of Houston). I went to the Drafthouse since I was in junior high school, then worked there as a server and special events coordinator when I turned 18. I grew up on the Drafthouse, and I love it more than any place else in the world. They’re involved with the community (fundraiser for The Cinderella Project when Sex and the City came out), they’re ticket prices are MUCH cheaper than the megaplexes, and the food is usually very good.

    I recently moved to Pittsburgh for school, and there is nothing I miss about Texas more than the Alamo Drafthouse. I’ll wear my Alamo t-shirts around the city and have strangers come up to me on the street to tell me how much they love the Alamo.

    Thanks for making my day! I love this blog, and I love your work!

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