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With the Summer movie season is in full swing, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo has Movie Parties, cinematic classics, anime, family movies and more in their jam-packed June calendar of events.
In addition to the expected big blockbuster flicks that are always released during the summer season, Alamo has the variety and the parties to go along with some of the ‘quirkier’ films.
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Opening Thursday, May 31 – 7:15 p.m
From the crazed mind of SAW and INSIDIOUS co-creator Leigh Whannell comes the best sci-fi action throw down this side of DREDD. When four assailants murdered his wife and left him quadriplegic, Grey (Logan Marshall-Green, THE INVITATION) thought he’d never walk again. But when he’s offered an experimental treatment, he puts aside his technophobia and accepts. Suddenly, he can walk again, thanks to a computer chip artificial intelligence implanted in his spine called “Stem.” Hyperkinetic, brutal, and hilarious, UPGRADE is a shot of adrenaline to the spinal column – and the eyeballs.
THE SANDLOT Movie Party
Friday, June 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 – 3 p.m.
Celebrate the “Boys of Summer” and the 25th anniversary of this supremely watchable, completely quotable, love letter to the sport. With pre-movie shenanigans, themed props, and surprises. You can even score yourself a keepsake baseball hat along with your ticket, slugger! (Just add it to your advance ticket purchase at checkout.)
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES
Opening Friday, June 1 – 10 p.m.
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES is the latest from John Cameron Mitchell, director of indie favorites HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, SHORTBUS and RABBIT HOLE. Based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, it combines Mitchell’s trademark wit, honesty, and exuberance with Gaiman’s whimsical, fantastical storytelling. Set against the backdrop of the 1970s Londons punk-rock explosion, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES is an ode to nonconformity – human and alien. When punks face off against extraterrestrials, it can only result in love – or the end of the world.
CLOAK & DAGGER Series Premier
Saturday, June 2 – 4:15 p.m.
Victory Members, here’s your chance to get hooked on Marvel and Freeform’s newest series FREE and before anyone else. Based on the beloved comic characters, this coming-of-age series follows two teenagers from very different backgrounds who are awakened to newly acquired superpowers which mysteriously link them to one another. The new show premieres on Freeform on June 7th, but you can catch the full 2-episode premiere on the big screen before it airs.
We’ll have a special New Orleans-themed cocktail menu available for purchase, plus giveaways and more. Admission is free, but purchase of a $5 Food & Beverage voucher guarantees you a seat. Then use that five bucks towards your Big Easy cocktail, or any other eats and drinks that night.
Film Salon: WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Saturday, June 2 – 6:30 p.m.
The Film Salon was established in 2002 as a monthly screening and discussion series dedicated to the appreciation of classic and important films. Screenings include an introduction and post-screening discussion. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and stay afterward for comments and discussion. This month’s film, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, stars Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as rival reporters Sam and Tess. They fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess’ hectic lifestyle.
Saturday, June 2 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 – 6 p.m.
With our GREASE SING-ALONG, we’re taking our love of this timeless musical to the next step where YOU can be a part of the show. Don’t leave all the singing to John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the gang – join in! You know the words… and, in case you forget a few, we’ll put them all right up there on the screen so you can follow along.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS Movie Party
Sunday, June 3 – 6 p.m.
Tease up your hair, grab your bestie and join us for this special interactive screening of STEEL MAGNOLIAS, where you can laugh, cry and quote along with the fiercest females in the South. It’ll be even better than a slice of armadillo cake.
Kids Camp: THE NEVERENDING STORY
Monday, June 4-Thursday, Tuesday, June 7 – Noon
The only thing standing between Fantasia and the Nothing is the faith of a small boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver). He discovers the kingdom in a magical bookstore, and as he begins to read the adventure between the covers, it becomes so real that the people in the story know about Bastian. Meanwhile, within the world of Fantasia, a young hero (Noah Hathaway) is assigned to complete a hazardous quest, sneak past the dreaded portals of some stone amazons, and reach the Ivory Tower, where he will receive further instructions from the empress. Kids Camp ticket sales benefit Boys & Girls Club of El Paso.
HOTEL ARTEMIS with live-stream Q&A
Monday, June 4 – 8:30 p.m.
Cinema legend Jodie Foster (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) returns to acting in this stylish science fiction siege thriller from Drew Pearce, the writer of IRON MAN 3 and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION. In 2028, if you’re a member of the Los Angeles underworld and you need medical treatment, you call Hotel Artemis. As long as your membership is in good standing and you follow the rules laid down by The Nurse (Foster), the Hotel will get you fixed up. That’s why Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown, BLACK PANTHER) brought his crew there after a heist gone bad. But one of the crew stole something that an infamous crime lord (Jeff Goldblum) wants back at any cost.
Champagne Cinema: BRIDESMAIDS
Tuesday, June 5 – 7:30 p.m.
In the movie that set a new standard for women-driven comedy (not to mention bridal showers), Kristin Wiig shines as Annie, a woman tasked with the most daunting challenge known to womankind: serving as the maid of honor. She’s a hot mess, but she’s a lovable hot mess, and it’s impossible not to root for her, even as she falls prey to an over-achieving nemesis (Rose Byrne), a noncommittal douchebag (Jon Hamm) and a motley crew of bridesmaids. Your ticket to this screening includes a keepsake champagne flute and a pour of bubbles (or pink lemonade for the flower girls, i.e. those under 21).
Film Club: LOWLIFE
Wednesday, June 6 – 7:30 p.m.
What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate—and a ruthless crime boss—connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane.
Wednesday, June 6 – 10 p.m.
The world needs a miracle, and it’s called NINJA TERMINATOR. A golden “ninjer” statue has been stolen from Tiger, a mob boss who wears a blonde pixie wig. Naturally, it’s up to Ninja Master Harry (Richard Harrison), his guy-liner, and his power of teleportation to battle the forces of evil and get the statue back. Just one of 140 cut ‘n’ paste ninja movies directed by the mysterious Godfrey Ho, NINJA TERMINATOR is easily the most chaotic movie you’ll see this millennia. Imagine a VHS mixtape made by a 12-year-old with Alzheimer’s that features toy robot mercenaries, music cues from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and a ninja hotline that is also a Garfield phone. Remember: “Ninjer is supreme and don’t you double cross it!”
Opens Thursday, June 7 – 7 p.m.
Toni Collette is electric in this hair-raising debut from director Ari Aster. Packed with bone-chilling imagery, HEREDITARY terrified audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, with critics comparing it to the likes of THE WITCH, THE EXORCIST, and THE SIXTH SENSE. Make no mistake: HEREDITARY is the scariest film of 2018.
MEAN GIRLS Movie Party
Thursday, June 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Tina Fey’s MEAN GIRLS is a portrayal of teen politics so accurate, it should be required viewing in every school across America. And given the stellar cast and hilarious script, it’s easy to see why this movie so quickly earned a permanent place in our cultural lexicon, not to mention our everyday vocabulary. This film is packed with great lines, from the elegantly simple, “Boo, you whore,” to Damian’s trademark, “YOU GO, GLEN COCO!” At these interactive shows, you can celebrate all of these lines and more. Plus, we’ll be handing out themed props, because the limit on fun at these screenings does not exist.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE Movie Party
Friday, June 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo challenges you to a duel of words with our THE PRINCESS BRIDE Movie Party! Join Westley as he duels Vizzini and his crew, braves the dangers of the fire swamp, and overcomes death for true love. We’ll have inflatable swords for everyone to fight and dramatically switch hands with, as well as a Rescue Princess Buttercup game before the show. So lace up your boots, draw your swords, and prepare for a miracle because this is true love. You think this happens every day?
PBS KIDS at the Alamo: WILD KRATTS MARATHON
Saturday, June 9 – 10 a.m.
The WILD KRATTS are returning to Alamo Drafthouse Cineman Montecillo for three all-new episodes. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-$5, with all ticket sales benefitting your local PBS station. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Lights will stay a little brighter and the sound will be turned down during the show.
HAIKARA SAN: HERE COMES MISS MODERN, PT. 1 (subtitled)
Saturday, June 9 – 4:15 p.m.
During the Taisho era of 1918, 17-year-old Benio Hanamura thrives on bucking tradition. As a boisterous and quarrelsome tomboy, Miss Hanamura leads a life of kendo and tree-climbing adventure with her best friends Tamaki and Ranmaru. Benio determines to find love on her own, though her family has other plans. Benio will encounter tests of love, independence, and friendship during wartime.
COMING TO AMERICA Movie Party
Saturday, June 9 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 – 6 p.m.
Back by popular demand, it’s our loving, interactive tribute to this John Landis-lensed comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall at their gut-busting best. Our Movie Party presentation celebrates its genius the best way possible: by putting you in a theater packed with fellow fans where you can share the joy of every favorite gag and line of dialog, with key props included in your ticket to help bring the movie magic to vivid life. This show’s props include crowns, flower petals, and even your own personal can of Soul Glo.
Tuesday, June 12 – 7:30 p.m.
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as real-life martial artist and frequent split-doer, Frank Dux, in the debatably true story of his time deserting the military to pursue his dreams of competing in the underground martial arts tournament, The Kumite, where pulses pound, bones shatter and roundhouses are delivered in stylish slow-motion. Van Damme dazzles as he fights his way to the top to square-off against the epically brutal Kumite champ, Chong Li (Bolo Yeung). Nothing can prepare you for the epic tale of Jean-Claude’s first starring role that catapulted him to international stardom.
Film Club: OH LUCY!
Wednesday, June 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” This new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears from class and Setsuko learns that he and her niece were secretly dating, Setsuko enlists the help of her sister, Ayako and the pair fly halfway across the world to the outskirts of Southern California in search of the runaway couple. In a brave new world of tattoo parlors and seedy motels, family ties and past lives are tested as Setsuko struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.”
Kids Camp: THE LEGO MOVIE
Monday, June 11-June 14 – Noon
This original animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Kids Camp ticket sales benefit Boys & Girls Club of El Paso.
THE INCREDIBLES 2
Opens Thursday, June 14 – 6 p.m.
Picking up where Pixar’s 2004 smash-hit THE INCREDIBLES left off, the long-awaited sequel follows the Incredibles on an all-new mission: maintaining normal lives. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) goes out each day to fight crime and advocate for superheroes, while Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to take care of the kids – including the alarmingly powerful baby Jack-Jack. But new villain The Underminer has an evil plan a-churning – one only the Incredibles, along with Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), can possibly stop.
PURPLE RAIN Movie Party
Thursday, June 14 – 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Celebrate the legacy of the visionary and singular musical force that was Prince. PURPLE RAIN is the semi-autobiographical tale of The Kid, a Minneapolis musician navigating the club scene while dealing with a romantic rival and a difficult family life. A massive hit upon release, it’s a showcase for the Purple One’s otherworldly musical, visual and sartorial stylings, and introduced the world to the glory of “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and, of course, “Purple Rain.” We’ll be enjoying these songs with glow sticks, streamers and tambourines that are included with your ticket!
THE FIFTH ELEMENT Movie Party
Friday, June 15 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 – 10 p.m.
Strap on your electric-orange suspenders, matching pageboy wig and don’t forget your mul-tee-pass, and come prepared to live the Skittles-colored action along with Leeloo and Korben at this interactive celebration of director Luc Besson’s sci-fi joyride. With cap guns for shooting along, your very own (temporary) “Element” tattoo, and more! Guaranteed to be the most fun you can have this side of Fhloston Paradise!
THE INCREDIBLES 2 Family Party
Saturday, June 16 – 10 a.m.
We’re celebrating the return of our favorite superhero family with an Alamo Drafthouse Family Party! Never been to a Family Party? You’re in for a treat. At every Family Party we celebrate movies in fun and dynamic ways, immersing ourselves in cinematic universes with themed games, hands-on crafts and activities before all sitting down together to watch the film unspool on the big screen. For INCREDIBLES 2, we’ll be creating superhero masks and honing our superhero skills. Your ticket includes the activities, as well as the film.
Father’s Day Screening: TRUE GRIT
Sunday, June 17 – 6 p.m.
This year, give the dad in your life what he really wants: the glorious gifts of this iconic Western on the big screen with a selection of strong whiskey cocktails on offer that’d make ol’ Rooster Cogburn smile. Based on the timeless Charles Portis novel and lovingly remade in 2010 by the Coen brothers, this is the bona fide Technicolor cinematic original. It’s a true beaut to behold on the big screen, featuring one of John Wayne’s most memorable performances.
Kids Camp: TROLLS
Monday, June 18-Thursday, June 21 – Noon
Turns out the boldly coiffed Trolls are just as annoyingly optimistic as you’d think, constantly singing and dancing. Meanwhile, the fellow residents of their brightly colored world, the Bergens, are the polar opposite: Dour pessimists, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs. Yikes. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Kids Camp ticket sales benefit Boys & Girls Club of El Paso.
CLUELESS Movie Party
Tuesday, June 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Before reinventing Jane Austen became cliché, Amy Heckerling adapted the classic story of “Emma” into a hilarious, insanely clever satire of adolescence in Beverly Hills. At this special interactive screening, we’ll “roll with the homies” and say all of our favorite lines together, plus we’ll have props to help us pretend that, for one glorious night, we’re the Class of ’95 at Bronson Alcott High School. We’ll play matchmaker for sweet old teachers, make a cameo at the Val party and thank an LA city bus driver for taking a chance on an unknown kid. You don’t want to miss it, so slip on your Calvin Klein dress and make time in your busy pants-dropping schedule to attend.
Film Salon: THE KILLING
Wednesday, June 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Based in part on a popular Danish TV series, “The Killing” is a moody, character-driven detective procedural that weaves a murder mystery through a full season or more. The stories unfold through the eyes of Sarah Linden, a dedicated detective with the Seattle Police Department who at first is assigned to mentor Detective Stephen Holder, formerly of the narcotics division. While their varied, pockmarked backgrounds produce two distinct investigative styles that at times clash – she’s by-the-book, he’s freewheeling – the partners manage to pull together in the name of justice, even after Linden makes a decision that changes both of their lives.
JURASSIC WORLD/JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Double Feature
Thursday, June 21 – 4 p.m.
If you thought the pre-historic creatures of JURASSIC WORLD would scare the kids, wait until you see JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. It’ll give the parents nightmares. Whether you want to refresh your memory or catch up on the return of this epic film franchise’s return to the big screen, this dino-riffic double feature will give you your fill of Velociraptors and hybrid T-Rex’s and more.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
Opens Thursday, June 21 – 7:15 p.m.
This new documentary from 20 FEET FROM STARDOM director Morgan Neville explores and celebrates the life and legacy of Mister Rogers. Through archival footage and interviews, it chronicles Fred Rogers’ inauspicious origins, as well as his show’s growth into a major cultural force that somehow managed to keep its humility. We believe in the message of this film and in Fred Rogers’ legacy, so $1 from each WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR ticket will be donated to local PBS affiliates. You can also help, neighbor. Throughout the month of May and June, guests who use drafthouse.com and the Alamo app can add an optional PBS donation to any ticket purchase.
THE BOONDOCKS SAINTS Movie Party
Saturday, June 23 – 10 p.m.
Slap on some temp ink, load up your cap guns and help the brothers drive the mafia snakes right outta Boston. We’ll even provide latex gloves so you can inspect/conduct crime scenes like agent Smecker. It’s all included in your ticket at these no-holds-or-cusses-barred, completely guilt-free celebrations of Irish Catholic vigilante justice.
Sunday, June 24 – 4:30 p.m.
Need a cure for DOWNTON ABBEY withdrawal? Look no further than Afternoon Tea’s presentation of GOSFORD PARK, when you can get your fix of ridiculously wealthy people, servant politics, fancy estates, polite intrigue and, most importantly, some Maggie Smith sass. Your ticket includes three servings of tea and a plate of the following treats: Mushroom Asparagus Quiche, Cheddar Bacon Scone with Chive Butter (vegetarian option available) and Glazed Chocolate Custard Éclair.
Kids Camp: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Monday, June 25-Thursday, June 28 – Noon
Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges he and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. Kids Camp ticket sales benefit Boys & Girls Club of El Paso.
9 TO 5 Movie Party
Tuesday, June 26 – 7:30 p.m.
There’s no denying that Dolly Parton’s hit song, “9 to 5,” is catchy as hell. But beneath that infectious chorus lies a battle cry, and the real power of the track lies not in the upbeat rhythm but in its working girl call to arms.
The same could be said for the song’s inspiration, the 1980 film of the same title. It’s uproariously funny and immensely satisfying, but what makes this movie a true masterpiece is its feminist exploration of females in the workplace. The story centers on three women forced to deal with sexual harassment and discrimination, which still resonates in 2018.
Film Club: LEAN ON PETE
Wednesday, June 27 – 7:30 p.m.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Willy Vlautin, LEAN ON PETE is a story of a boy and his horse unlike any other. Hailed for being emotional without sentimentality, it paints a picture of grassroots America full of honesty and realism. Teenaged Charley (Charlie Plummer, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD) loves his work caring for aging racehorse Lean On Pete. It gives him an escape from his alcoholic father, and a friend. But when Lean On Pete’s owner/trainer (Steve Buscemi) declares the horse is to be put down, Charley absconds with his new friend on a journey across America, seeking safety and a new home.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Movie Party
Thursday, June 28 – 7:30 p.m.
Now, at long last, the anitici…..pation is over! As the cult of Rocky Horror enters its fourth decade, Alamo Drafthouse’s 21st-century celebration of the daddy (and mommy) of interactive movies has incorporated new breakthroughs, elusive ingredients, and that…SPARK!, which will make the RHPS experience better than ever! With thrilling props, the most outrageous callbacks, boisterous singing along, and stimulating pre-show games, we want these events to be your ultimate ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – whether this is your 1st or 500th time.
ARMY OF DARKNESS Movie Party
Friday, June 29 – 10 p.m.
Cult superstar Bruce Campbell reunites with director Sam Raimi to battle the deadly forces of evil in ARMY OF DARKNESS – the outrageous, effects-fueled action epic that will make you scream with fear and laughter. Come experience this great film as we give it the Drafthouse Movie Party treatment. We’ll be giving away foam chainsaw mitts and cap guns!
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
Opens Friday, June 29 – 11:15 a.m.
From Brett Haley, the director of 2017’s acclaimed Sam Elliot showcase THE HERO, comes this musical tale of coming of age and coming to terms starring Kiersey Clemons (DOPE) and Nick Offerman (PARKS AND RECREATION), along with a supporting cast of greats that includes Toni Collette Ted Danson, and Blythe Danner.
CLUE Movie Party
Saturday, June 30 – 6 p.m.
You’ve done it in the library. You’ve done it in the dining room. You’ve even done it with a candlestick in the kitchen. That’s right, at one time or another, we’ve all killed Mr. Body. And this month we’re celebrating the hilarious film adaptation of the board game CLUE. Movie Parties are always interactive, but this show takes audience participation to a whole new level. (Although you won’t have to move any dead bodies… or will you?!) Whether you’ve seen this movie a thousand times or never before, it’s no mystery that you’ll have a ridiculously fun night.