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May is jam-packed with fun parties with the Purple One and the Dude and the return of DEADPOOL at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo on the city’s west side at 250 E. Montecillo Boulevard.
The month kicks off with the PURPLE RAIN Movie Party, celebrating the life of the iconic Prince with sing-alongs and props. Don’t roll a gutter ball by missing THE BIG LEBOWSKI Movie Party on Saturday, May 19. Last, but not least, May is another blockbuster month with DEADPOOL 2 heading to theaters on Thursday, May 17.
Don’t miss the DEADPOOL double feature to get a double dose of sarcasm, action and heroics. To buy tickets, click here.
PURPLE RAIN Movie Party
Tuesday, May 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and 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. 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 glowsticks, streamers and tambourines that are included with your ticket!
Fist City: THE WARRIORS
Friday, May 4 – 10 p.m.
“CAN YOU DIG IT?!” Preposterously themed street gangs, electrifying synths, raging fisticuffs and a lean, mean, machismo story… yup, THE WARRIORS has it all and then some. Cyrus is the toughest, baddest all-round coolest gang leader around and he’s assembled all of the gangs in New York City to unify them.
But when Cyrus ends up dead, The Warriors take the wrap and every face-painted, spiked bat-carrying, homicidal maniac in the city is out to kill them as they try to make their way home through the gritty labyrinth of late ‘70s Manhattan. Director Walter Hill makes the Big Apple sweat with toughness, capturing the filthiness of urban decay to turn them into a spectacularly violent playground of gangland insanity that’s never been topped since.
¡THREE AMIGOS! Movie Party
Friday, May 4 – 7:30 p.m.
These three amigos, played memorably by Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short, are down on their luck and up to their necks in señoritas, margaritas, banditos and bullets. As they attempt to act their way out of a serious situation, you can enjoy all your favorite lines, play along with a plethora of props and eat along with a delicious special menu. Throw on your best mariachi outfit, prepare your singing voice for “My Little Buttercup” and practice your birdcalls for the ¡THE THREE AMIGOS! Movie Party.
BUNGO STRAY DOGS: BAD APPLE
Saturday, May 5 – 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 – 1 p.m.
The Armed Detective Agency is back on the case in BUNGO STRAY DOGS: BAD APPLE. Six years have passed since the bloodbath known as the Dragon’s Head Rush conflict. Over 500 people with supernatural powers have been found dead — presumably by suicide. The Armed Detective Agency is tasked with the mission to capture Shibusawa Tatsuhiko, the mysterious special ability user thought to be involved.
But when Osamu Dazai disappears, the “Demon” Fyodor begins showing his shadow. Those with supernatural powers are threatened by an onslaught of unprecedentedly powerful enemies, and the city of Yokohama begins falling into a terrifying nightmare.
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (subtitled)
Sunday, May 6 – 4:15 p.m.
Part of our special programming series “Studio Ghibli: Dispatches from the Dream Factory,” director Hayao Miyazaki’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE is a truly special film. In a land on the brink of war, Sophie, a young hat maker is transformed into a ninety-year-old woman by a vengeful witch. Her only chance at regaining her youth is with the help of a fire demon who wants to escape the wizard he is bound to. So begins Sophie’s journey through the warring nations, where she crosses paths with kings, sorcerers, a living scarecrow, and, of course, a moving castle.
MOULIN ROUGE Movie Party
Thursday, May 10 – 7:30 p.m.
If you’re a true romantic, you already know the story: Christian (Ewan McGregor) moves to Paris to pursue a Bohemian lifestyle and then of course falls into a doomed love affair with Satine (Nicole Kidman), the most beautiful girl at the Moulin Rouge. But until you’ve seen the movie and sung the songs and learned that lesson in a movie theater with 200 other heart-swept people, you’ll never really know what it’s like to be in love.
As always, we’ll have props for some special interaction, including blinking rings for “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and green glow sticks for the Green Fairy. And start warming up your leg muscles now, because we’re kicking off this whole shebang with a Can-Can dance contest! Your gift is your song, so come give it all you’ve got at the MOULIN ROUGE Movie Party.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Movie Party
Saturday, May 12 – 10 p.m.
What could possibly make this slamming, banging, action-adventure-comedy thrill ride even better? Living the adventure along with Jack Burton. And you’ll do just that at these rampagingly interactive shows with cap guns, glow sticks, and magic rings all included in your ticket. Kurt Russell plays two-fisted trucker Jack Burton: a gambling, beer-chugging schmoe whose macho heroics land him in big trouble with supernatural kung-fu warriors.
The lightning and lazerbeams fly through the streets of San Francisco as Jack and his fellow lowbrow adventurers face off against rampaging maniacs, elemental demigods, mythical beings and even prehistoric subterranean monstrosities. Two words: Be there.
PRINCESS MONONOKE (subtitled)
Sunday, May 13 – 2:30 p.m.
Part of our special programming series “Studio Ghibli: Dispatches from the Dream Factory,” PRINCESS MONONOKE is full of myth, magic, creation and destruction. It stands as one of director Hayao Miyazaki’s crowning achievements. The epic struggle of nature against human industry is shown here through the eyes of a young man caught up in the middle.
The gods of the forest are just trying to protect their home. The humans invading the woods are just looking for a little break and poor Ashitaka is just trying to figure out what is going on and why he’s become involved.
Champagne Cinema: CAN’T HARDLY WAIT
Tuesday, May 15 – 7:30 p.m.
CAN’T HARDLY WAIT is the high school party movie of the ‘90s, and it delivers on everything you would expect from this genre: a lovesick “nerd” unbelievably played by a totally adorable actor; a smart and sassy indie chick who tells it like it is; a trifecta of nerds who make lots of X-Files references; twenty different party montages paired with ‘90s alt-rock (yes!); and, of course, major comic relief in the form of Special K.
So come raise a fancy glass or two with us as we pay tribute to the definitive movie about drinking cheap beer out of plastic cups. (BTW, aren’t you glad you’re an adult now?) Oh, and extra credit if you bring out your own yearbooks for a little sharing time before the movie begins, ‘cos like Melissa Joan Hart says, “THESE ARE MEMORIES FROZEN IN TIME, PEOPLE!”
DEADPOOL 2 – Opening Thursday, May 17
The Merc with a Mouth is back. Ryan Reynolds returns as everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, red-suited Marvel anti-hero in DEADPOOL 2. This time out, Deadpool has some new help. New additions to the cast include Josh Brolin as time-traveling mutant soldier Cable; Zazie Beetz as luck-controlling mutant Domino; Terry Crews as Bedlam; and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE’s breakout star Julian Dennison.
From the director of ATOMIC BLONDE comes a new blast of R-rated laughs and thrills. Faces will be punched, jokes will be made, and fourth walls will be broken, in what promises to be the strangest, funniest superhero movie this side of … well, the first DEADPOOL.
DEADPOOL Double Feature
May 17 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaking of the first DEADPOOL, if you miss all the heartwarming charm and life-affirming romance form the first go-round or just want to re-live all the laughs and the love (so much love!) on the big screen again before diving into the superhero sequel of your soft pastel-colored dreams, you’re in luck! Here’s your chance to experience DEADPOOL and DEADPOOL 2 end-to-end for one glorious night only.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a hapless Joe who undergoes an experiment that leaves him with a warped appearance, wicked sense of humor and personal vendetta against the scientist who disfigured him. It takes all three, along with the help of some X-Men, to exact his revenge… and, boy, it’s a fun ride getting there. See you there, with a chimichanga in hand.
Video Vortex: VACATION OF TERROR 2: DIABOLICAL BIRTHDAY
Friday, May 18 – 10 p.m.
On the road between POLTERGEIST and TROLL 2, there is: VACATION OF TERROR 2: DIABOLICAL BIRTHDAY! Pop singer Tatiana performs a song called “Chicos!” at her sister’s Halloween-themed birthday party, even though it’s the middle of summer. This compels a creepy Cabbage Patch Kid to transform into a raging Troll that’s on a quest to regain stolen coins from the ladies’ dad. WHAT??
THE BIG LEBOWSKI Movie Party
Saturday, May 19 – 10 p.m.
Come celebrate two decades of The Dude at this special 20th Anniversary screening. There’s no one quite like him, and we’re giving you the chance to abide with The Dude (Jeff Bridges) at THE BIG LEBOWSKI Movie Party. We’ll be handing out inflatable crowbars so you can show Larry what happens when you … well, you know.
Stand against aggression with The Dude, and yell, “Over the line!” with Walter (John Goodman). You can even enjoy The Dude’s favorite recreation (no, not weed) with a giant-sized bowling game on stage before the show.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Sunday, May 20 – 4:45 p.m.
Check out this special 30th anniversary screening of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, part of our special programming series “Studio Ghibli: Dispatches from the Dream Factory.” Here is a children’s film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO has become one of the most beloved of all family films without ever having been much promoted or advertised.
Fist City: BAD BOYS II
Tuesday, May 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Few directors can do excess like Michael Bay, and BAD BOYS II piles it on so high, you get queasy with glee. Every time you think it isn’t about to go that far, it goes further. When a movie starts with Will Smith gloriously busting out of a Ku Klux Klan robe brandishing two guns, the rest of that 147 minute run time can’t let up. And it doesn’t.
With some scenes reaching Hong Kong action movie levels of chaos and destruction, our heroes, Miami detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) set out to take down drug lords while also keeping their life-long friendship tight.
SOLO: A Star Wars Story – Opening Thursday, May 24
The saga from “a galaxy far, far away,” continues with SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Everyone knows that Han shot first, but do you know how he first met his sidekick Chewbacca or how he first got into the captain’s chair of the Millennium Falcon? Those questions and more will be answered in the second stand-alone movie in the beloved STAR WARS franchise.
Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard directs the cast, featuring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo and Donald Glover as his future frien-emy Lando Calrissian.
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Movie Party
Thursday, May 31 – 7:30 p.m.
Greetings old women it is I, Arthur, your king! That’s right, one of the greatest and most quotable movies of all time is getting the quote-along treatment and you can be there for all its sword fighting, coconut clomping glory. We’ll have swords for everyone, coconut halves for you to bring your imaginary horses to life and a test of will, dexterity and might prior to the show to recruit some brave knights to our cause (don’t go second guessing your favorite colors now).