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Alamo Drafthouse, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Throughout the month of September, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo guests can enjoy movies for a great cause as El Paso’s dine-in cinema partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

The entire month, guests can help support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Hospital to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases by dining at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo for a special menu offer.

Guests can also donate to St. Jude throughout the month with a $1, $3, or $5 add-on to a ticket purchase (online or in-app), or at the end of all films, with a donation add-on to any food and beverage purchased.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo has created a special three-course menu from which guests can select two items from two different food courses for their meal. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will donate $3 to St. Jude from each $25 pairing sold.

“Guests can enjoy award-winning food and beverages served directly to their seats while giving back to a remarkable cause,” Alamo Drafthouse officials shared. “An additional donation can be made at the end of the meal when guests have the opportunity to write in an add-on to their bill.”

This special menu offer includes a list of options that includes appetizers like the Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower and delicious Pork and Ginger Dumplings, and entrées like the Brussels Sprouts Smoked Bacon & Goat Cheese Pizza, a 2×2 Burger, or a Seared Tofu Sandwich.

The menu even brings back fan favorites like the “Awake Until the Endgame” Shake inspired by AVENGERS: END GAME. It also includes The Dowager’s Biscuits and Mrs. Patmore’s Girdle Buster inspired by the upcoming Afternoon Tea: DOWNTOWN ABBEY screening.

TNTM VLOG: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of August 3, 2019

Patrick was busy trooping this week so Alex Lopez sat in for him. Alex is more versed in comic book lore so I leaned heavier in the comics area this week.

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Alamo Drafthouse celebrates July with aliens, Beatles, Piranhas and more

With Summer in full swing, Alamo Drafthouse at Montecillo hits the sweet spot with movies for the month of July.  From their annual Kids Camp, to new releases and some all-time favorites, Alamo officials have made their theater the headquarters for summer movie fun

Leading the way this summer is the science fiction classic INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Alamo Drafthouse will host a special screening of INDEPENDENCE DAY, with Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Vivica A. Fox and one of cinema’s favorites, Will Smith.

Alamo officials share, “Movie goers will definitely see bursts of fire igniting the sky but they won’t be fireworks, it’s aliens taking over and destroying all of humanity! So sit tight, and watch as these characters band together to stop the end of the world in INDEPENDENCE DAY!”

Additionally, the Kids Camp is screening WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE- RABBIT, THE NEVERENDING STORY, and THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER.

With each Kids Camp ticket purchase you can also donate $1, $3, or $5 to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. There’s even more kid-friendly fun from your friendly neighborhood super hero, with the SPIDER MAN FAR FROM HOME Cereal Party.

All the month’s events are listed below; To purchase tickets for any of the upcoming movies, click here.

YESTERDAY – Premieres Thursday, June 27

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter fed up with his lack of success. Then one night, he gets the biggest break of his life – he gets hit by a bus. Simultaneously, power goes out all over the world, and a couple of Ob-La-Di’s later, The Beatles never existed. Just never happened at all. But since Jack remembers the songs, he realizes he’s got his ticket to ride to overnight superstardom. What could go wrong?

 

YESTERDAY Painting Party

Premieres Thursday, June 27

Join B.E. Art at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo in the Glass Half Full Taproom for this fun Beatles-inspired painting event. Paint along with step-by-step instructions. All materials are included. Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please click the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yesterday-painting-party-with-be-art-tickets-62556711809. $30 per person

 

Kids Camp: WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT

Monday, July 1 through Thursday, July 4

Noon

As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, it’s “veggie-mania” in Wallace and Gromit’s neighborhood. The two enterprising chums have been cashing in with their pest-control outfit, “Anti-Pesto,” which humanely dispatches pesky, garden-invading rabbits. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veggie-ravaging beast begins terrorizing the neighborhood, attacking the town’s prized plots at night, and destroying everything in its path. Desperate to protect the competition, its hostess, Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter), commissions Anti-Pesto to catch the creature and save the day.

 

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOMEP – Premieres Monday, July 1

Peter and some of his classmates embark on a school trip to Europe, a getaway that’s supposed to be all about sightseeing, goofing off with his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING), and perhaps a bit of innocent flirting with MJ (Zendaya, SMALLFOOT). But when mysterious elemental creatures begin to wreak havoc across the continent, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, CAPTAIN MARVEL) calls on Peter to suit up.

The team that brought you HOMECOMING reunites for SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, infusing it with the same sense of adventure, humor, and heart as that film, while also introducing an air of intrigue with Spider-Man’s enigmatic new ally, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal, VELVET BUZZSAW). It’s a bad trip for Peter that promises to be a fun ride for all of us.

MIDSOMMARP – Premieres Tuesday, July 2

Young couple Dani and Christian have been going through a rough patch, so a vacation to a tiny sun-dappled Swedish village seems like just what they need to heal. They arrive during a nine-day pagan festival filled with flower garlands, kinship, and twirling ’round the maypole. But on closer look (and under the influence of mysterious powders) they find a bizarre undercurrent of cultish violence beneath the smiling facade. Director Ari Aster’s follow-up to last year’s nightmarish HEREDITARY brightens the exteriors but retains an uneasy menace in what he calls a “Scandinavian folk horror.” With all manner of grief, confusion, and ritualistic sadism unfolding in the radiant light of day, MIDSOMMAR will forever change the way you look at the idyllic countryside. Remember to breathe.

 

The Beatles United Tribute Band Live

Wednesday, July 3

8pm

Come Together on Wednesday, July 3rd in the Glass Half Full Taproom at Alamo Drafthouse for a great live performance by The Beatles United Tribute Band. It’s a free event and you won’t want to miss our awesome Beatles-inspired food and drink specials sure to make you Twist and Shout. While you’re here, be sure to catch a screening of YESTERDAY. Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter fed up with his lack of success. Then one night, he gets the biggest break of his life – he gets hit by a bus. Simultaneously, power goes out all over the world, and a couple of Ob-La-Di’s later, The Beatles never existed. Just never happened at all. But since Jack remembers the songs, he realizes he’s got his ticket to ride to overnight superstardom. What could go wrong?

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Film Club: BE NATURAL

Wednesday, July 3

7:30pm

She saw the future through the first camera lens. Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning – in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910 -they started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Thursday, July 4

7:15pm

July 2nd. Atmospheric phenomena begin to appear all around the world. The skies are ablaze. Satellite communications are interrupted without explanation. Fear grips the cities of the world. As the phenomena subside, it is clear that an invasion force of unprecedented power has arrived. Its mission – to eliminate all human life. Over the course of the next three days, the world will be changed forever. Independence Day, once a joyous day of freedom and celebration, now takes on an entirely new and absolutely unpredictable meaning. The countdown to the end of the world has begun… unless we can stop it.

 

Film Salon: Swing Time

Saturday, July 6

7:30pm

Lucky is tricked into missing his wedding to Margaret by the other members of Pop’s magic and dance act, and has to make $25000 to be allowed to marry her. He and Pop go to New York where they run into Penny, a dancing instructor. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted (till the end of the film at least!) by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricardo, the band leader who won’t play for them to dance together

 

Cereal Party: SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME

Saturday, July 6  

10:00am

Your ticket includes the cereal buffet, which is available throughout the entire film. Pajamas are encouraged! Peter and some of his classmates embark on a school trip to Europe, a getaway that’s supposed to be all about sightseeing, goofing off with his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING), and perhaps a bit of innocent flirting with MJ (Zendaya, SMALLFOOT). But when mysterious elemental creatures begin to wreak havoc across the continent, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, CAPTAIN MARVEL) calls on Peter to suit up.

 

Champagne Cinema: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

Sunday, July 7

6:00pm

We all know those couples. They see each other from across the room, they meet, and wham! They’re desperately in love. That’s not the case for Harry and Sally. In fact, when they meet, they don’t particularly like each other. Sally is earnest and good. Harry is cynical and depressive. It’s not a match made in heaven. But lovers of rom-coms know that opposites have a way of attracting. With some of the most palpable on-screen chemistry in movie history, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan take viewers on a journey through friendship, heartbreak, and the pitfalls of relationships with the help of expert direction from Rob Reiner, a pitch-perfect supporting cast (including Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby), and one of the best romantic comedy screenplays of all time from the brilliant Nora Ephron. So grab a glass of champagne, sit back, and enjoy the fake orgasms, the overly-peppered paprikash, and the hilarious, heartfelt conversations between two very different people who may just be perfect for one another.

 

Kids Camp: KUNG FU PANDA

Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11

Noon

“We are noodle folk,” Po’s father tells him. “Broth runs through our veins.” But Po, the paunchy hero of KUNG FU PANDA, believes he comes from different stock: He entertains fantasies of being the Dragon Warrior, the ultimate fighting machine. A lively, gorgeously animated and consistently funny fable about fulfilling your potential and exceeding even your own expectations, KUNG FU PANDA scores as both a delightful spoof of martial arts movies and as a showcase for Jack Black, who provides the voice for Po.

 

PURPLE RAIN Movie Party

Tuesday, July 9

7:30pm

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here 2day 2 get through this thing called life — and to 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 glowsticks, streamers and tambourines that are included with your ticket! As the man himself once sang, “U better live now.” Words 2 live by.

 

THE CURE – ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK LONDON

Thursday, July 11

7:15pm

“Boys Don’t Cry.” “Lovesong.” “Just Like Heaven.” “Why Can’t I Be You.” “Friday I’m in Love.” “Fascination Street.” “Close to Me.” “The Love Cats.” “Let’s Go to Bed.” While other bands of the New Wave era burned out or faded away long before the ’80s came to an end, The Cure has endured, selling more than 27 million records worldwide, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and helping to establish the genre of Goth Rock (even though lead singer Robert Smith has often dismissed that term). In 2018, the band performed a concert in London’s Hyde Park to mark 40 years in the business, and their longtime video director Tim Pope captured it. The set mixes the band’s biggest successes with fan favorites, making this an ANNIVERSARY worth celebrating.

 

ARMY OF DARKNESS Movie Party

Friday, July 12

10:00pm

“All primitive screwheads, listen up!” 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. Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who possess all the deadly magic of hell, the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler Ash must save the living from the dead, rescue his medieval girlfriend and get back to his own time. Come experience this great film as a we give it the Drafthouse Movie Party treatment. We’ll be giving away foam chainsaw mitts and cap guns! “You see this?  This…is my boomstick!!”

 

JAWS Movie Party

Sunday, July 14

6:00pm

“This shark, swallow you whole.” Duh, nuh…. duh, nuh… nothing quite says “ah, summer’ like watching an elusive giant shark terrorize Amity Island on the big screen. It’s the movie that perfected the summer blockbuster and launched a million toothy (and goofy) knock-offs, but none of them can compete with the bite of Spielberg’s 1975 original. This bona fide American classic has everything you could want from a movie: kids in peril, drunken sea shanties, and Richard Dreyfuss in a cage. As if that wasn’t enough, this is a Movie Party, so you can live the shark-hunting adventure along with your pals Brody, Hooper, and Quint — minus the salty sea air and actual mortal peril. Featuring interactive props and surprises, it’s the most fourth-wall-busting-fun you can have on dry land, and certainly the most this side of JAWS 3-D.

 

Kids Camp: THE NEVERENDING STORY

Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18

12:00 pm

How’s this for a threat? The kingdom of Fantasia is about to be wiped out, and the enemy isn’t an evil wizard or a thermonuclear device, it’s Nothingness. That’s right, an inexorable wave of Nothingness is sweeping over the kingdom, destroying everything in its path. The only thing standing between Fantasia and Nothingness 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. In most movies, this quest would be told in a straightforward way, without the surrounding story about the other little boy who is reading the book.

 

CLUE Movie Party

Tuesday, July 16

7:30pm

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. Quip along with Wadsworth (Tim Curry), scream along with Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), and feel the flames on the side of your face with Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn). We won’t be handing out ropes or lead pipes, but we will be giving you props to intensify your evening at Mr. Boddy’s manor. And remember, Communism was just a red herring.

 

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE

Premieres Thursday, July 18

Dark, disturbing, and laugh-out-loud funny, director Riley Stern’s SXSW breakout has all the makings of an instant cult classic. With a perfect balance of off-kilter comedy and twisty thriller, THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE is what would happen if Charlie Kaufman wrote FIGHT CLUB. Or if Yorgos Lanthimos directed KARATE KID. Plus, dachshunds. Jesse Eisenberg (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) is perfectly cast as Casey Evans, a timid bookkeeper who joins a strip mall dojo after getting attacked on the street by a roving motorcycle gang. With guidance from his alpha-sensei (Alessandro Nivola, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE) and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots, GREEN ROOM), Casey enters an absurdly hyper-masculine world full of mind games, dark secrets, and heavy metal.

 

 

Kids Camp: THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER

Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25

Noon

The next time your heart gets broken, or your goldfish goes belly up, or a meteor destroys your house…remember that we’ll always have The Muppets. No other conglomeration of talking animals has ever provided the universe with as much joy, laughter and unbridled entertainment. Here, in their second classic big screen adventure, Kermit, Fozzie and the gang jet off to the UK, where they’ll meet lots of stuffy old British guys and get wrapped up in the wildest crime caper in frog and/or bear history. In the midst of all this pulse-pounding daredevilry, our green hero’s heart gets entangled in the web of a certain glamorous she-swine.

 

THE BIG LEBOWSKI Movie Party

Tuesday, July 23

7:30pm

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 f*ck a stranger in the ass. Stand against aggression with The Dude, yell, “Over the line!” with Walter (John Goodman), and definitely do not f*ck with the Jesus (John Turturro). You can even enjoy The Dude’s favorite recreation (no, not weed) with a giant-sized bowling game on stage before the show. But don’t worry, you won’t be required to roll on Shabbos. We hope all of you Little Lebowski Urban Achievers will come out and enjoy yourselves, so you can die with a smile on your face, without feelin’ like the good Lord gypped you. * He won’t, like, actually be in attendance, man.

 

Afternoon Tea: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Sunday, July 28

2:45pm

Saoirse Ronan (LADYBIRD, BROOKLYN) and Margot Robbie (I, TONYA; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) go head-to-head in lavish, ultra-stylized historical drama MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Set in the sumptuous 1500s, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS is a royal period drama inspired by the true story of two ruling monarchs – and cousins – who both believe they are the rightful heirs to the English crown. Ronan is Mary, the Scottish queen on a mission to take the crown. Robbie is Elizabeth I, the presiding queen fighting to keep it.

Your ticket purchase includes three servings of tea and the following treats, Smoked salmon toast with prosciutto, Pimento cheese on English cucumber and Chocolate filled pâte à choux pastry.

 

Kids Camp: CASPER

Monday, July 29 through Thursday, August 1

Noon

An eerie old mansion may not seem like a fun place to play, but when you have Casper the Friendly Ghost around, you’ll only be screaming with laughter! In this 1995 comedy, paranormal expert Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his teenage daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move into Whipstaff Manor where they soon encounter Casper, who is eager to welcome them. His uncles, however, are not so thrilled with sharing the house with human tenants.

 

PIRANHA (1978)

Wednesday, July 31

10:00pm

Half JAWS spoof and half trash-gore powerhouse, PIRANHA holds the key to the most bitchin’ summer of your life. When some jerkfaces skinny-dip in a pool on the grounds of a government testing facility, they accidentally unleash . . . PIRANHA!! The blood-thirsty mutoids rend flesh in the lake of a small town while a drunk-ass scientist, a go-getting detective, and exploitation superstars Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Barbara Steele hang out and take care of business. From THE MOVIE ORGY to GREMLINS, director Joe Dante has proven himself to be a master of transforming genre pastiche into peerless entertainment. PIRANHA is where it all started. And if you’ve ever daydreamed about the creators of MAD Magazine making an “adults only” JAWS parody in collaboration with Herschell Gordon Lewis, PIRANHA is where it all ends.

Alamo Drafthouse host Austin’s ‘Invincible Czars’ for two live film score performances

Austin’s own The Invincible Czars is bringing its latest film scores to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo this week.

The Invincible Czars will perform live to the 1925 American silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney, and the 1922 silent classic NOFERATU.

NOSFERATU, with live score by The Invincible Czars, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019. The group will accompany THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA screening at 10:15 p.m. that same evening.  To purchase tickets, click here.

Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making these near century-old movies “actually scary” for modern day audiences. The scores and their performances complement the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment with as much cinematic flare as possible.

The Czars use a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, sound effects and even vocals. They also borrow a little music from the classical realm in each of their scores.

For PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the Czars’ score is mysterious and understated. It brings all the Czars’ staple instruments – violin, piano, bass guitar, flute and sounds effects.

This time, the score features Josh Robins’ 7-string electric guitar with more effects than ever before used in a Czars silent film score. The score features  Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Español”, Eric Satie’s “Gnossienne 3” and Guonod’s “Jewel Song” from Faust.

NOSFERATU is one of the most revered films in the history of cinema. As the world’s first vampire movie, it is regarded as the first important horror film – but it was almost erased from the history books when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie were destroyed.

Several survived, and this performance will feature the most completely restored version that exists.

The Invincible Czars’ NOSFERATU score incorporates violin, glockenspiel, organ, flute, bass clarinet, vocals, music box, loops, electric guitar, bass, singing bowl, tambourine and other hand percussion – all of which is a sight to behold when performed live by only four players! The score features Bela Bartok’s Roumanian Folk Dances in a nod to the fictional Count Orlock’s home turf.

The highlight of their arrangements is a haunting version of Roumanian Dance IV featuring an otherworldly vocal performance by the band’s wind mistress, Leila Henley.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo Releases June Calendar of Events

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.

To purchase tickets, simply visit their website.

UPGRADE

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.

 

GREASE Sing-Along

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.

 

NINJA TERMINATOR

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!”

 

HEREDITARY

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.

 

BLOODSPORT

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.

 

GOSFORD PARK

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.

Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer Kids Camp Features Family Films, Helps Boys & Girls Club

With Summer rapidly approaching, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is ready to help keep kids cool and entertained with their Summer Kids Camp, all while contributing to a local non-profit organization.

All summer long, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is showing classic and recently released family favorites and residents can pick the price they pay to see them  — $1, $3 or $5.

All proceeds from Summer Kids Camp ticket sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso. That means every movie seen will help contribute to the programs the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso provide to El Paso youth.

“Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo has been a tremendous partner and contributor to the El Paso community,” said Anthony Tomasheski, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso.

“The Boys & Girls Club of El Paso truly appreciates the generosity of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo’s leadership and staff for helping to provide funds that will give young people with a fun and safe environment for them to gain academic skills, build their character and strengthen their life skills.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs serve 900 youth in our community at four locations throughout El Paso County.

The Summer Kids Camp lineup is handpicked by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo staff who love movies just as much as our guests do, for more information click here.

 

June Summer Kids Camp schedule

Week 1: THE NEVERENDING STORY

Week 2: THE LEGO MOVIE

Week 3: TROLLS

Week 4: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

 

July Summer Kids Camp schedule

Week 1: MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN

Week 2: THE LAND BEFORE TIME

Week 3: SING

Week 4: MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

 

August Summer Kids Camp schedule

Week 1: DESPICABLE ME

Week 2: PADDINGTON 2

Week 3: PRINCE OF EGYPT

Week 4: KUNG FU PANDA

Summer Kids Camp movies are shown each day (with a few exceptions; check online for times) during matinee hours. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s normal No Talking/No Texting rules apply at all Summer Kids Camp screenings. Click here to purchase tickets

In addition to saving parents money, kids can earn rewards for doing what they love: seeing movies. Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer Family Fun Card program runs from June through August and gives young film fans rewards by collecting stickers each time they see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo.

The more movies they see, the bigger the rewards. Kids can earn anything from free milkshakes, to free pizza and even a free movie

Stickers can be earned for any movie ticket purchased for children ages 12 and under, including Summer Kids Camp and PBS Kids at the Alamo, as well as, summer blockbusters like INCREDIBLES 2 and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION.

Summer Family Fun Cards can be picked up at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo or downloaded and printed out here.

Alamo Drafthouse’s May Events Include Deadpool 2, Prince, Big Lebowski Parties

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).

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo Celebrates Life, Music, Legacy of Selena

April is the birth month of the beloved Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez; and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is celebrating with a weekend full of events and movie parties on Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15, 2018.

The theater will be screening Selena all weekend and making a party out of it. Selena Movie Parties will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and continue through Sunday, April 15. They will feature sing-alongs, props and some cool, exclusive souvenir stickers while supplies last. Additional screenings are likely to be added.

In addition to screenings of her biopic, the Anything For Selenas celebration will kick off from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the Glass Half Full Taproom with Selena-inspired art and merchandise on display and for sale; and a Selena lookalike and dance party.

El Paso artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado will be painting a mural, designed exclusively for this event, live. The mural will be decorated and available all weekend as a photo booth for fans to snap a picture and share their love for Selena with friends.

On Saturday, the Selena celebrations continue with Selena trivia, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Glass Half Full Taproom, followed by another round of Selena karaoke and a lookalike contest from 8 to 10 p.m. Selena art and merchandise from local vendors will again be on display and for sale during Saturday’s activities.

“Cimi” Alvarado’s mural will be on display in the lobby all weekend for photo ops.

“Selena was already an icon before she was sadly killed in 1995,” said Analiza Guzman, Creative Director at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo. “Since her passing, her place in our hearts has only continued to grow alongside her cultural status as a pop star, and role model for young Mexican-American woman. It is a privilege for us to honor her life, music and legacy.”

Additional screenings may be added throughout weekend, based on demand.

The Anything For Selenas celebration is named after one of the most iconic scenes in SELENA in which one of her fans pledges to do “Anything for Selenas.” In addition to paying tribute to the life and music of the late and Queen of Tejano, the 1997 film helped launch Jennifer Lopez into superstardom.

Click here for more showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Anything For Selenas celebration

Friday, April 13

  • SELENA Movie Parties: 7 and 10:20 p.m.
  • Selena lookalike contest, dance party: 6 to 11 p.m. in the Glass Half Full Tap Room
  • Local vendors, live art: 6 to 11 p.m. in the Glass Half Full Tap Room.

Saturday, April 14

  • SELENA Movie Parties: 6:30 and 9:50 p.m.
  • Selena trivia: 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Glass Half Full Tap Room
  • Selena karaoke and lookalike contest: 8 to 10 p.m. in the Glass Half Full Tap Room
  • Local vendors: 5 to 10 p.m. in the Glass Half Full Tap Room
  • Selena mural: On display in lobby for photo ops

Sunday, April 15

  • SELENA Movie Parties: 2:40 and 6 p.m.
  • Selena mural: On display in lobby for photo ops

Alamo Drafthouse to Celebrate Release of New Star Wars Starting Thursday

To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is offering activities, including a food and drink menu inspired by the film, collectible pint glasses, an appearance by the El Paso Youth Orchestra, photos with “Vader Claus”, “Estar Guars” Loteria, an art show and more.

“We love to create memorable cinematic experiences for our guests and Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the perfect opportunity to pull out all the stops,” said Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo Programming Director, Robert Saucedo.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on Thursday, December 14 and picks up exactly where 2015’s The Force Awakens left off. This film puts the Star Wars saga’s beloved characters against all-new challenges and revelations.

Guests can purchase three different Mondo Star Wars: The Last Jedi pint glasses by superstar artist Oliver Barrett or a Birth.Movies.Death commemorative magazine with their ticket purchase at the box office (while supplies last).

The Alamo Drafthouse culinary team has crafted a tasty food and drink menu inspired by THE LAST JEDI with items to satisfy scruffy nerf-herders of all appetites.

Moviegoers can snack on a big ol’ bowl of fiery Lava Planet Popcorn, or find yourself some Tatooine-style comfort with a heaping plate of Twin Sun Hash. You can find all of these and more on specially designed die-cut menu shaped like your two new favorite droid heroes.

There is something for all Star Wars fans at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo and the following activities are programmed for Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16:

  • Join us for “Estar Guars” Loteria in Glass Half Full Taproom hosted by local artist Roman Martinex. 12/14 – 12/16, 6PM – 10PM
  • El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra. 12/14, 6PM – 6:30PM
  • Artist Roman Martinez pop-up “Estar Guars” art show. 12/14 – 12/16, 6PM – 10PM
  • Get your photo with Darth Vader Santa Claus in front of our STAR WARS themed Christmas trees. 12/14 – 12/16, 6PM – 8:30 PM
  • Appearance from the El Paso Chapter of the 501st Legion, a group of STAR WARS super-fans in impressive costumes 12/14 – 12/16, 6PM – 10PM

Dig in and take a peek at the entire menu HEREClick here for movie tickets.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo’s October 2017 Events Calendar

 

Located in El Paso’s west side at 5001 N. Mesa Street, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.

Below is the schedule of events at the Drafthouse for the month of October.

WHAT: PEARL JAM: LET’S PLAY TWO

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: LET’S PLAY TWO is a concert film that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performance at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs’ historic 2016 season.

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WHAT: Girlie Night: THE CRAFT Movie Party

WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: At this Girlie Night presentation of THE CRAY er, THE CRAFT, we’ll welcome you to the coven with your very own witchy accessories – Candles! Rosaries! Snakes! – and we will even loosen our normally quiet zone policy so we can all yell “Witch, please!” at the screen with things get magically absurd.

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WHAT: PBS Kids at the Alamo Halloween Special

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10am

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: As part of the ongoing PBS KIDS at the Alamo series we are celebrating HALLOWEEN WITH FRIENDS from some of our favorite series including NATURE CAT, ODD SQUAD, PEG + CAT, and WILD KRATTS. Families are invited to come in costume. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-3, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at your local PBS station.

For tickets: Click here

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WHAT: GHOSTBUSTERS Movie Party

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 6pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo is presenting GHOSTBUSTERS! This special Movie Party will be played on the big screen via a new digital restoration. They will have marshmallows you can rub all over yourself, glow sticks you can use when they’re shooting from their proton packs, and plenty of slime throughout the theater so you can slime yourself and your neighbors, and new Smell-Along cards you can scratch and sniff throughout the film.

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WHAT: Film Club: THIRST STREET

WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: This month’s film club movie will be THIRST STREET. Inspired by European erotic dramas from the 70’s, THIRST STREET burrows deep into the delirious extremes we go to for love.

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WHAT: PULP FICTION Movie Party

WHEN: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: The Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a Movie Party for the most quotable movie of all time, PULP FICTION. They will be handing out cap guns so you can shoot along when the bullets fly on screen. Before the film, we’ll also take volunteers to compete in our own Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Competition, so snatch up that black wig you’ve been wanting and slide off your shoes if you want to win!

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WHAT: DOLORES The Movie Screening

WHEN: Friday, October 13 – 19, 2017

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: DOLORES HUERTA is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. DOLORES will be screening at The Alamo Drafthouse from October 13-19, 2017.

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WHAT: BRING IT ON with Gabrielle Union Skype Q&A

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: For one night only, you can celebrate both of Union’s worlds with a screening of the forever watchable ‘BRING IT ON’ proceeded by a Q&A with Gabrielle Union streamed live from Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn. Your ticket not only includes secured seating and a chance to be part of an amazing conversation, it also guarantees you a copy of Union’s book with a signed bookplate.

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WHAT: Free Victory Screening: PSYCHO

WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 6:00pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: This free screening for members of Alamo’s Victory program is presented by MUBI. Alamo Victory members are invited to this FREE screening! Not a member? Sign up here. To reserve your seat in advance, you can buy a $5 voucher good towards the purchase of food or beverage at the theater. YOU MUST BE LOGGED INTO YOUR VICTORY ACCOUNT to purchase this voucher.

For tickets: Click here

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WHAT: WILD TEXAS FILM TOUR

WHEN: Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: Hosted by filmmaker and conservationist Ben Masters, THE 2017 WILD TEXAS FILM TOUR is an 11-city short film tour showcasing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories from across the state.  Meet the characters in the films, the folks behind the cameras, and some of the best photographers, anglers, outdoorsman, and wildlife enthusiasts in the state of Texas.

For tickets: Click here

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WHAT: Video Vortex: HAUNTEDWEEN

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: HAUNTEDWEEN is the new Halloween tradition for weirdos who like when adults wearing Hawaiian swim trunks get decapitated by a killer with a baseball hat! Come join us!

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WHAT: GOOSEBUMPS with Exclusive Intro from R.L. Stine

WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a one-day movie event of the 2015’s GOOSEBUMPS with an exclusive video intro from R.L. STINE. The ticket will include reserved seating and a R.L. Stine’s “Slappy Birthday to You” with a signed bookplate.

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WHAT: HALLOWEEN

WHEN: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

MORE INFO: 1978’s HALLOWEEN movie might be dumb, but it’s an idiot-proof prototype for an entire genre. To this day, nothing encapsulates the special feeling of darkness, mood, and total terror quite like the ominous mask of Michael Myers.

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Alamo Drafthouse Celebrates Mexican Independence Day with Golden Age of Mexican Film Screenings

The biggest stars from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, including Pedro Infante, María Félix and Cantinflas, will once again be on the big screen as part of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo’s month-long free film series celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

The film series, entitled Cine del Siglo de Oro Mexicano: Vivamos México, is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso.

“Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is proud to partner with the Mexican Consulate to showcase these classic films which represent the artistry, soul and spirit of Mexican cinema,” said Kyle Alvarado, Creative Manager for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo. “Whether you grew up watching these films or have never seen them, this is a unique chance to celebrate the power of filmmaking which transcends time, language and geography.”

The series offers free screenings of some of the most iconic films in Mexican Cinema. To reserve your seats online, simply visit Drafthouse.com and purchase a $5 food and beverage voucher to your preferred screening. This $5 food and voucher can be used towards your bill at the end of the night.

The schedule of screenings is as follows:

  • Macario. Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 6pm.
  • Ahí Esta El Detalle. Friday, September 8, 2017, at 7pm.
  • Enamorada. Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 4pm.
  • Salón México. Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 4pm.
  • La Perla. Friday, September 22, 2017, at 7pm.
  • El Rebozo de Soledad. Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 6pm.
  • Una Familia de Tantas. Friday, September 29, 2017, at 7:30pm.

All films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles, expect El Rebozo de Soledad which is presented in Spanish only. More information on each of these titles as well as a link to reserve seats can be found online.

Alamo Drafthouse Honors Military, First Responders with Free Tickets

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is proud to announce special celebrations of the men and women who keep our communities safe.

Beginning on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, all active duty and retired U.S. military personnel can show their valid military ID for a free movie ticket on any Wednesday starting on August 30.

Military Appreciation Wednesdays will run through the last Wednesday in September.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo’s Military Appreciation Wednesdays are open only to active duty and retired U.S. military personnel, but more of our local heroes and their guests are eligible for free tickets during First Responder and Military Appreciation Week.

From Friday, September 8, to Thursday, September 14, 2017, active duty and retired U.S. military personnel, firefighters, police officers and EMS plus one guest will be admitted to any screening at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo for free.

First Responder and Military Appreciation Week is timed to coincide with the nation’s annual observance of Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance held on September 11 of each year.

Here’s how First Responder and Military Appreciation Week works:

  • During the dates listed above, simply provide the box office with a valid professional ID, military ID and/or badge to claim your tickets
  • First Responder and Military Appreciation discounts are valid for any first-run film or special event (any day, any time) with a ticket price of $12 or less for them and a guest (two tickets maximum per ID/badge)
  • Active duty and retired U.S. military personnel, firefighters, police officers and EMS must accompany guest to screening
  • First Responder and Military Appreciation Week is only valid at the box office — no online or kiosk redemption
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s age policy still applies: no children under the age of 6 are allowed unless otherwise stated on our website
  • First Responder and Military Appreciation Week is only valid at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo in El Paso.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is located at  250 East Montecillo Blvd  |  El Paso, TX 79912   |  915-845-7469

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo Presents Teacher Appreciation Wednesdays

Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo is treating all teachers and faculty members to free movies on Wednesdays throughout the summer.

Educators, including homeschooling parents, and administrators can bring a current ID from their place of employment (preschool, elementary, high schools, universities) for a free movie at any time on Wednesdays for the rest of the summer.

“Teachers and educators work hard and deserve a nice treat,” says Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo Creative Manager, Kyle Alvarado. “We’re thrilled to celebrate them during the summer!”

Click here to view upcoming showtimes at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo.

The offer may be used for one free ticket per teacher per day. Must be redeemed in person, at our box office (no online redemption). All shows are for ages six and up unless otherwise stated on our website. The free ticket must be for a screening on the day the guest visits the theater.

Only valid on Wednesdays. Tickets to some special events may not be included in this promotion.

This offer is available at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo location in El Paso and is valid 7/12/17 through 8/30/17.

 

Recap – TNTM: Crispin Glover at Alamo Drafthouse

When I heard Crispin Glover was traveling the country promoting his books and movies I was intrigued.  When I found out he would be at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of that tour I decided I must go.  I was only familiar with his work in mainstream Hollywood movies.

I knew nothing of his personal books and movies.  I did a little bit of research for my interview article with him, but it did little to prepare me for mental assault I would undergo.

First He performed Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show.  This is a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books he has made over the years.  These books are not light reading.  Following the train of thought in these books takes thought and concentration.

Much of the flow is not linear.  At the end of each book you have to question yourself “What did I just read and what response did he want me to have to this?”.  I believe Crispin purposefully wrote them this way to make you to think for yourself rather than have the story force it’s narrative on you.

Below is a sample of the books Crispin Glover read from during the Big Slide Show.

oak mot rat catching concrete inspection round my house

Oak Mot
Wherein all action takes place on the Virgin American prairie around the year 1868, save for the end which takes place in the year 1926.
Oak Mot is a tale of epic proportions involving pride and prejudice.

Rat Catching
Which is a study in the art of Rat Catching, plus something extra.

Concrete Inspection
A family story where a mother is looking for something… and finds it.

Round My House
A story with a happy ending,  through the perspective of a man’s writings about his trial and errors, whose thoughts and intentions many find questionable.

After Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show there was a screening of one of his films.  If you attended Friday night you got to see It’s Fine, Everything is Fine.  I went on Saturday night so I saw What is It?  Crispin explained this movie was meant to thumb it’s nose at the typical corporate funded movies that typically fill theaters.

There was a plethora of societal taboos in this film.  A majority of the cast were actors with Down Syndrome, yet the movie was not about Down Syndrome in any way, shape, or form.  The imagery used and the acts portrayed by the cast at the very least made you uncomfortable.  Throughout the whole movie you are asking “What am I seeing? Why am I watching this? Why did he make this film? and What exactly is this?  Crispin explained this is the response he wanted to get from the audience.  He wanted to make a film without all the taboo edited out.  The movie is aptly named “What is It?”

At the conclusion of the movie Crispin had a Q&A (question and answer) session.  After sitting through the book reading and watching the movie you expected to hear the ramblings of a crazy man.  Most in the audience were surprised I”m sure to see Crispin is a very well-spoken and educated man.  His depth of knowledge in every subject that was brought up was near professorial.

Just like every professor, his stream of conscious jumped from subject to subject.  It was not uncommon for one of his answers to start with his films and end up in politics 20 minutes later.  This is where I believe he would benefit greatly to have a moderator to help keep focus on the question.
Crispin Glover
After several hours of Q&A (I am not exaggerating here one bit) Crispin started his book signing.  He would sign any item you brought, but in case you didn’t bring anything you could buy one of his books or movie posters.

I bought a copy of Round My House (first person narrative from a psychopathic killer).  He asked what I thought about his show so I gave him an honest answer.  I found the movie to be enlightening and the books to be frightening.  He questioned as to why I found the books frightening.  I brought up Round My House specifically and he chuckled and agreed with me.

I was also able to grab a picture with him during the book signing.

I have see-sawed back and forth about my thoughts on this experience.  I wasn’t always sure what I was supposed to be thinking or feeling during the book readings or the movie.  A lot of that was cleared up for me during the Q&A when Crispin explained his intent with both.

I debated with myself as to whether I enjoyed the show and if I should have enjoyed it.  Now the next morning after much deliberation I have come to the conclusion that YES, I did enjoy the show for what it was.  Crispin is not looking to get rich making a blockbuster movie or writing a New York Times bestseller.

He is doing these things for the artistic aspect and to open the audience’s eyes to things be it psychosis, taboos, or what have you.  If you get a chance to catch one of Crispin Glover’s shows please go in with an open mind and you will undoubtedly come out lots of new thoughts to exercise your brain.

For more information go to CrispinGlover.com

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TNTM’s Troy Stegner has 6 Questions with Crispin Glover

Crispin Hellion Glover is one of the most misunderstood and under utilized talents out there today.  He is known for his iconic roles of George McFly in Back to the Future, Andy Warhol from The Doors, and Phil from Hot Tub Time Machine.

What most people don’t know is Crispin Glover is also an accomplished musician, writer, and director.

Cripin is currently touring the country promoting his two films.  He will be at the Alamo Drafthouse right here in El Paso (25o East Montecillo Boulevard) Friday June 9th and Saturday June 10th.

The Friday show will start with CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER’S BIG SLIDE SHOW.  This is a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books.  Images from the books are displayed behind him during the performance.  This is followed by a screening of IT IS FINE! EVERYTHING IS FINE.

Glover uses his visionary cinematic skills to bring to life the graphically explicit psycho-sexual fantasy world of a man shunned by women and society but who lusts after intimacy, acceptance, and long hair.

IMDB gives it a rating of 7/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gives it 80% on the TomatoMeter/74% Audience Score.  There will be a Q&A session after the screening and Crispin will sign copies of his books.

The Saturday show also starts with CRISPIN GLOVER’S BIG SLIDE SHOW.  The Saturday show will have a screening of WHAT IS IT?  Featuring a cast largely comprised of actors with Down’s Syndrome, the film is not about Down’s Syndrome.

Glover describes it as “Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how to get home as tormented by an hubristic racist inner psyche.”  IMDB gives it a rating of 5.9/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gives it 56% on the TomatoMeter/56% Audience Score.

This is understandable as this movie is aptly named.  You will question what you are watching, why you are watching it, and if you should be watching it at all.  WHAT IS IT? does not edit out taboo subjects, but rather makes you face them.  Saturday will also have a Q&A session after the screening with book signing.

Tickets for each show are $21.65.  There is limited seating and you really don’t want to miss out on this unique show.  You will experience a live reading by one of the most under rated actors, watch a thought provoking show that isn’t available in general distribution, and meet the man behind it all in person.

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Alamo Drafthouse phone:  (915) 845-7469

For more information visit CrispinGlover.com

Crispin Glover was kind enough to allow me to ask him a few questions.  Here they are with his answers.

CrispinTROY: You are not only an accomplished actor, but you are an author, director, and musician as well.  Which of your artistic outlets are you most passionate about?

CRISPIN: I like  doing all of the things. I spend more of my mental energy on my own film making and touring with my films. Yet at the same time, when I am working on something that I am acting in, I put myself 100 percent in to that mode. When something is very well written, and there is a good production, then it is a pleasure to act in that as well.

TROY: Your movie “What Is It?” has a cast comprised completely of actors with Down Syndrome, yet the movie is not about Down Syndrome.  You have described it as “Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how to get home as tormented by an hubristic racist inner psyche.” It seems you are exposing the audience to many taboo subjects in the movie which cause them to question if they should be enjoying what they are seeing.  What was your intent with this movie?

CRISPIN: I am very careful to make it quite clear that “What is it?” is not a film about Down’s Syndrome but my psychological reaction to the corporate restraints that have happened in the last 30 or more years in film making.

Specifically anything that can possibly make an audience uncomfortable is necessarily excised or the film will not be corporately funded or distributed. This is damaging to the culture because it is the very moment when an audience member sits back in their chair looks up at the screen and thinks to their self “Is this right what I am watching? Is this wrong what I am watching? Should I be here?

Should the filmmaker have made this? What is it?” -and that is the title of the film. What is it that is taboo in the culture? What does it mean that taboo has been ubiquitously excised in this culture’s media? What does it mean to the culture when it does not properly process taboo in it’s media? It is a bad thing because when questions are not being asked because these kinds of questions are when people are having a truly educational experience. For the culture to not be able to ask questions leads towards a non educational experience and that is what is happening in this culture. This stupefies this culture and that is of course a bad thing. So What is it? Is a direct reaction to the contents this culture’s media. I would like people to think for themselves.

“What is it?” started production as a short film in 1996. It took 9.5 years from the first day of shooting on the short film to having a 35 mm print of the feature film.  I wrote it as a short film originally to promote the viability of having a majority of the characters that do not necessarily have Down’s Syndrome to be played by actors with Down’s Syndrome.

The way this came about was this. In 1996. I was approached by two young writers and aspiring filmmakers who were from Phoenix to act in a film they wanted to produce and direct. They made a monetary offer to my agents which they really should not have done as they did not actually have financing.

Nonetheless it did get me to read the screenplay which I found to be interesting. This screenplay was not What is it? I found interesting things about the screenplay and was interested in the project, but I thought there were things about the screenplay that did not work. I came up with solutions that needed re working of the screenplay and I told them I would be interested in acting in the film if I directed it. They came to LA and met with me and wanted to know my thoughts.

There were quite a few things but the main things was that most of the character were to be played by actors with Down’s Syndrome. They were fine with this concept and I set about to re writing the screenplay. David Lynch then agreed to executive produce the film for me to direct. This was very helpful and I went to one of the larger corporate entities in Los Angeles that finances films and met with them. They were interested in the project but after a number of meetings and conversations they let me know that the were concerned about financing a project wherein most of the characters were played by actors with Down’s Syndrome.

The title of this screenplay at this point had become IT IS MINE. And will become part three of the “IT” trilogy. It was known yet at this time that there would be a trilogy but it was decided that I should write a short screenplay to promote that the concept of having a majority of the characters played by actors with Down’s Syndrome was a viable things to do for corporate entities to invest in.

It Is Fine

This is when I wrote a short screenplay en titled What is it? We shot this short screenplay in four days. I edited that over a period of six months and the first edit came in at 84 minutes.

The final feature length film of What is it? is 72 minutes. So the first version of the short film is longer than the final version of the feature film, and it was too long for the material I had at the time, but I could see with more work and more material I could turn it in to a feature film.

Over approximately the next two years I shot 8 more days and edited this in to what is now the final version of the film. I locked the edit of the film about three years after the first day of shooting what was supposed to be a short film. Then there were a number of years of very frustrating technical problems that mainly had to do with SMPTE time code.

Originally I was going to make the film the now old fashioned way of a complete photo-chemical process and not digital intermediate.

An optical house in New York that did not give me enough information to let me know that the SMPTE time code had not been properly put on when the film was telecined.

During this time I worked patiently on the final sound edit of the film with a number of interns.

Finally that sound edit was finished and it became apparent that the film optical house was not telling me the truth and prices had fallen during this time so I was able to make the film using a digital intermediate to ultimately go out to a 35 mm print of the film.

So from the first day of shooting what was to be a short film to having a 35 mm print for the film took 9.5 years.

Sometimes people ask me if the length of time it took for me to make the film had to do with working with actors with Down’s Syndrome. This was not the case. Even though the film took many years to make much of the delay were technical issues. What is it was actually shot in a total of twelve days which was spread over several years.

Twelve days is actually a very short amount of shooting days for a feature film. The most important thing about working with an actor weather they have Down’s Syndrome or not is if they have enthusiasm. Everyone I worked with had incredible enthusiasm so the were all great to work with.

The film started production as a short film in 1996. It took 9.5 years from the first day of shooting on the short film to having a 35 mm print of the feature film.  I wrote it as a short film originally to promote the viability of having a majority of the characters that do not necessarily have Down’s Syndrome to be played by actors with Down’s Syndrome.

The way this came about was this. In 1996. I was approached by two young writers and aspiring filmmakers who were from Phoenix to act in a film they wanted to produce and direct. They made a monetary offer to my agents which they really should not have done as they did not actually have financing. Nonetheless it did get me to read the screenplay which I found to be interesting.

This screenplay was not What is it? I found interesting things about the screenplay and was interested in the project, but I thought there were things about the screenplay that did not work. I came up with solutions that needed re working of the screenplay and I told them I would be interested in acting in the film if I directed it.

They came to LA and met with me and wanted to know my thoughts. There were quite a few things but the main things was that most of the character were to be played by actors with Down’s Syndrome. They were fine with this concept and I set about to re writing the screenplay. David Lynch then agreed to executive produce the film for me to direct.

This was very helpful and I went to one of the larger corporate entities in Los Angeles that finances films and met with them. They were interested in the project but after a number of meetings and conversations they let me know that the were concerned about financing a project wherein most of the characters were played by actors with Down’s Syndrome. The title of this screenplay at this point had become IT IS MINE. And will become part three of the “IT” trilogy.

It was known yet at this time that there would be a trilogy but it was decided that I should write a short screenplay to promote that the concept of having a majority of the characters played by actors with Down’s Syndrome was a viable things to do for corporate entities to invest in.

This is when I wrote a short screenplay titled What is it? We shot this short screenplay in four days. I edited that over a period of six months and the first edit came in at 84 minutes. The final feature length film of What is it? is 72 minutes. So the first version of the short film is longer than the final version of the feature film, and it was too long for the material I had at the time, but I could see with more work and more material I could turn it in to a feature film.

What Is ItPerhaps more important than realizing the short film should be turned in to a feature film was that it became apparent that what the corporate entity was reacting to was not the viability of having a majority of the characters played by actors with Down’s Syndrome, but it was the concept itself that was the concern.

Sometime people think I am stating that having actors with Down’s Syndrome is taboo. That is not what I am stating. That is not taboo. One can easily see movies or television shows that include actors with Down’s Syndrome.

It may not be common but it is available. What you will not see in a corporately funded and distributed film is an actor with Down’s Syndrome playing a character that does not have Down’s Syndrome whereas one will easily see an actor without a disability playing a character with a disability.

Furthermore that is the kind kind of performance that can get nominated for an academy award in a best acting category. Whereas a person with a disability playing a character without a disability can cause severe cultural questioning.

Questions could be asked like “Why are you doing this? Are you making fun of these people? Are you taking advantage of these people?” Of course I had zero interest in doing any of these things. In the initial screenplay which will eventually be part 3 of the trilogy having a majority of the characters played by actors with Down’s Syndrome solved a structural/conceptual problem in that screenplay.

I realized that corporate entities in were concerned about any kind of questioning in general and this is the key problem right now in corporately funded and distributed film.

Any kind of real questioning is considered taboo and taboo would not and will not be corporately funded or distributed. I realized that the short film as it was already contained the taboo of having people with Down’s Syndrome playing  characters that did not necessarily have Down’s Syndrome and that since it was innate in the structure of the film and since I could see the genuine problem of negative corporate control resulting in no questioning.

I might was well make sure that this becomes the central theme of the movie and the forthcoming trilogy.

Over approximately the next two years I shot 8 more days and edited this in to what is now the final version of the film. I locked the edit of the film about three years after the first day of shooting what was supposed to be a short film. Then there were a number of years of very frustrating technical problems that mainly had to do with SMPTE time code.

Originally I was going to make the film the now old fashioned way of a complete photo-chemical process and not digital intermediate. An optical house in New York that did not give me enough information to let me know that the SMPTE time code had not been properly put on when the film was telecined.

During this time I worked patiently on the final sound edit of the film with a number of interns. Finally that sound edit was finished and it became apparent that the film optical house was not telling me the truth and prices had fallen during this time so I was able to make the film using a digital intermediate to ultimately go out to a 35 mm print of the film.

So from the first day of shooting what was to be a short film to having a 35 mm print for the film took 9.5 years.

TROY: The second movie in your trilogy ” It is Fine, Everything is Fine” you delve into the mental world of a man with Cerebral Palsy.  The main character is an outcast by society and women, yet he still lusts after intimacy and acceptance.  What message were you trying to portray to the audience?

CRISPIN: Steven C. Stewart wrote and is the main actor in part two of the trilogy titled It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. I put Steve in to the cast of What is it? because he had written this screenplay which I read in 1987. When I turned What is it? from a short film in to a feature I realized there were certain thematic elements in the film that related to what Steven C. Stewart’s screenplay dealt with.

Steve had been locked in a nursing home for about ten years when his mother died. He had been born with a severe case of cerebral palsy and his speech was very difficult to understand. People that were caring for him in the nursing home would derisively call him an “M.R.” short for “Mental Retard”. This is not a nice thing to say to anyone, but Steve was of normal intelligence.

When he did get out he wrote his screenplay. Although it is written in the genre of a U.S. 1970‘s TV murder mystery movie of the week detective thriller truths of his own existence came through. Because of the dynamic of the genre style he had written it in truths came through much more clearly than if he had written it as a standard autobiography.

It was also very important to Steve that he was playing the bad guy. He wrote about this issue and he wanted it to be understood that a person with a disability, emphasis on person, can have dark thoughts including a person with a disability.

As I have stated, I put Steven C. Stewart in to What is it? When I turned What is it? in to a feature film. Originally What is it? Was going to be a short film to promote the concept to corporate film funding entities that working with a cast wherein most characters are played by actors with Down’s Syndrome.

Steve had written his screenplay in in the late 1970’s. I read it in 1987 and as soon as I had read it I knew I had to produce the film. Steven C. Stewart died within a month after we finished shooting the film. Cerebral palsy is not generative but Steve was 62 when we shot the film. One of Steve’s lungs had collapsed because he had started choking on his own saliva and he got pneumonia.

I specifically started funding my own films with the money I make from the films I act in when Steven C. Stewart’s lung collapsed in the year 2000 this was around the same time that the first Charlie’s Angels film was coming to me.

I realized with the money I made from that film I could put straight in to the Steven C. Stewart film. That is exactly what happened. I finished acting in Charlie’s Angels and then went to Salt Lake City where Steven C. Stewart lived. I met with Steve and David Brothers with whom I co-directed the film. I went back to LA and acted in an lower budget film for about five weeks and David Brothers started building the sets.

Then I went straight back to Salt Lake and we completed shooting the film within about six months in three separate smaller productions. Then Steve died within a month after we finished shooting. I am relieved to have gotten this film finally completed because ever since I read the screenplay in 1987 I knew I had to produce the film and also produce it correctly.

I would not have felt right about myself if I had not gotten Steve’s film made, I would have felt that I had done something wrong and that I had actually done a bad thing if I had not gotten it made. So I am greatly relieved to have completed it especially since I am very pleased with how well the film has turned out.

We shot It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.  while I was still completing What it? And this is partly why What is it? took a long time to complete. I am very proud of the film as I am of What is it? I feel It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. will probably be the best film I will have anything to do with in my entire career.

People who are interested in when I will be back should join up on the e mail list at CrispinGlover.com as they will be emailed with information as to where I will be where with whatever film I tour with. It is by far the best way to know how to see the films.

After Charlie’s Angels came out it did very well financially and was good for my acting career. I started getting better roles that also paid better and I could continue using that money to finance my films that I am so truly passionate about. I have been able to divorce myself from the content of the films that I act in and look at acting as a craft that I am helping other filmmakers to accomplish what it is that they want to do.

Usually filmmakers have hired me because there is something they have felt would be interesting to accomplish with using me in their film and usually I can try to do something interesting as an actor. If for some reason the director is not truly interested in doing something that I personally find interesting with the character then I can console myself that with the money I am making to be in their production I can help to fund my own films that I am so truly passionate about.

Usually though I feel as though I am able to get something across as an actor that I feel good about. It has worked out well.

Steve was a genuinely great guy! It is hard to define what my relationship with Steve is/was. During the approximate 15 years I knew Steve from 1986 to his death in 2001 I would communicate with him in spurts. He started writing me short e mails urging to make his film after we shot his portions of “What is it?” in 1996. He would write simple things like “When are we going to make the film before I kick the bucket?”

Hot Tub

Steve was definitely gracious and had a genuinely rebellious sense of humor. If he had only had one of those qualities I probably would not have related to him as much, but the fact that he had both a sense of humor and a sense of rebellion made it so I could very much relate to him.

I personally financed the film and had taken out no insurance if Steve were to die. Steve was a strong person and I knew that he has an inner need to get this story out. He had already stayed alive by getting an operation to get this film made and I knew he would stay alive no matter what to get the film completed.

About a month after we finished shooting I got a telephone call one morning and it became apparent that Steve was in the hospital with a collapsed lung again and that he was basically asking permission to take himself off life support and he wanted to know if we had enough footage to finish the film.

I know that if I had said “No Steve. We do not have enough footage. You need to get better and we have to finish the film” He would have gotten whatever operation needed to get better and been happy to come back to the set and shoot.

As it was we did have enough footage and it was a sad day and heavy responsibility to let him know that we would be able to complete the film.

In retrospect Steven C. Stewart was a great communicator. Steve has had great positive influence on my life and as much as I did like and enjoy Steve when he was alive, I realize even more how much he was important to me. It may sound sappy, but if Steve were here today I would be very happy to tell him how much he ultimately positively has affected my life.

TROY: You have been labeled both a madman and a genius.  Have the crazy antics been overplayed or is it part of the genius psyche?

CRISPIN: That is something from the IMDB and was written in the 1990’s. I have played many crazy characters. I am also a film maker, a book publisher and self distribute my films by touring with them for 12 years now. The art itself may be considered eccentric, but the life that accompanies the art in order accomplish these tasks must of course be quite centric.

TROY: Now a more light-hearted question.  Your character of Phil the one-armed bellhop in “Hot Tube Time Machine” was one of the unexpected highlights of an already hilarious move for me.  Why wasn’t Phil in the sequel?  Will the character appear in the inevitable next sequel?

CRISPIN: I worked again with John Cusack on a smaller film that was also with Robert DeNiro, called “The Bag Man.” While we were working on that film John Cusack asked me if they do a sequel to “Hot Tub Time Machine” if I would want to do it. I enthusiastically told him I would as I had a great time working with everyone on that film. I was told a number of months later that there had been a full draft of the screenplay that had a lot of my character in the same scenes with John Cusack’s character. I’m not sure if that is true, but it is what I heard.

Then I think MGM had some kind of financial downturn at the time and the budget of the film was greatly cut and something about the scenes with John Cusack were expensive and so I heard they cut those scenes way down. Again, I’m not sure if any of this is accurate. I read somewhere when John Cusack was asked about why he was not in it that his reply was that he never got the offer.

I’ve not seen him since working on “The Bag Man” so I’m not sure what happened. But when he was not part of the film, I think the budget may have even gone down from there. I was in contact with Steve Pink the director of both the films while they were shooting, and he was telling me they were going to try to figure something out for me to do.

But I never got the offer either. I think they were struggling to get what they already had with a diminished budget. I believe the second movie was not profitable so I don’t think they will make another. I had a good time working with everyone on the first one though.

TROY: You portray the character Mr. World, the god of globalization, in the Starz TV adaption of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”.  Will we be seeing more of you on TV or is this role to fund another personal project?  If the latter, can you tell us about it?

CRISPIN: I am contracted for shooting more next year. The concept is to complete the entire novel in three seasons. This is a rare situation where there is an adaptation production of an award winning novel that is done well, has high visibility and is being critically acclaimed and I genuinely think the writing and production and Neil Gaiman’s initial metaphorical concepts are all extremely well done. I’m grateful to be part of the production.

I’ll be showing the preview of my next feature film production during the A and A at the shows as well.  The live aspects of the shows are not to be underestimated. This is a large part of how I bring audiences in to the theater and a majority of how I recoup is by what is charged for the live show and what I make from selling the books after the shows.

For “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show” I perform a one hour dramatic narration of eight different books I have made over the years. The books are taken from old books from the 1800’s that have been changed in to different books from what they originally were. They are heavily illustrated with original drawings and reworked images and photographs.

I started making my books in 1983 for my own enjoyment without the concept of publishing them. I had always written and drawn and the books came as an accidental outgrowth of that. I was in an acting class in 1982 and down the block was an art gallery that had a book store upstairs.

In the book store there was a book for sale that was an old binding taken from the 1800’s and someone had put their art work inside the binding. I thought this was a good idea and set out to do the same thing. I worked a lot with India ink at the time and was using the India ink on the original pages to make various art. I had always liked words in art and left some of the words on one of the pages. I did this again a few pages later and then when I turned the pages I noticed that a story started to naturally form and so I continued with this.

When I was finished with the book I was pleased with the results and kept making more of them. I made most of the books in the 80’s and very early 90’s. Some of the books utilize text from the binding it was taken from and some of them are basically completely original text.

Sometimes I would find images that I was inspired to create stories for or sometimes it was the binding or sometimes it was portions of the texts that were interesting. Altogether, I made about twenty of them. When I was editing my first feature film “What is it?” There was a reminiscent quality to the way I worked with the books because as I was expanding the film in to a feature from what was originally going to be a short, I was taking film material that I had shot for a different purpose originally and re-purposed it for a different idea and I was writing and shooting and ultimately editing at the same time. Somehow I was comfortable with this because of similar experiences with making my books.

Every once in a while, but really very rarely, someone will come up to me during the book signing I think two times in the twelve years I have been touring, and they have shown me a book they have done something similar with. They described to me that they came in to it on their own. It seems to be a specific art form that, rarely, people will just discover doing on their own.

When I first started publishing the books in 1988 people said I should have book readings. But the book are so heavily illustrated and they way the illustrations are used within the books they help to tell the story so the only way for the books to make sense was to have visually representations of the images.

This is why I knew a slide show was necessary. It took a while but in 1993 I selected eight of my books and started performing what I now call Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Side Show Part 1. The content of that show has not changed since I first started performing it. But the performance of the show has become more dramatic as opposed to more of a reading.

The books do not change but the performance of the show of course varies slightly from show to show based the audience’s energy and my energy.

mr world

People sometimes get confused as to what “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show (Parts 1&2)” is so now I always let it be known that it is a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books that I have made over the years.

The illustrations from the books are projected behind me as I perform the show. There is a second slide show now that also has eight books. Part 2 is performed if I have a show with Part 1 of the “IT” trilogy and then on the subsequent night I will perform the second slide show and Part 2 of the “IT” trilogy.

The second slide show was developed over the first few years of touring with “It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.’ The content changed a bit as it was developed, and I am very happy with the content of the second slide show.

The books and films are all narrative. Sometimes people see thematic correlations between the content of my books and the content of the films.

The fact that I tour with the film helps the distribution element. I consider what I am doing to be following in the steps of vaudeville performers. Vaudeville was the main form of entertainment for most of the history of the US.

It has only relatively recently stopped being the main source of entertainment, but that does not mean this live element mixed with other media is no longer viable. In fact it is apparent that it is sorely missed.

I definitely have been aware of the element of utilizing  the fact that I am known from work in the corporate media I have done in the last 25 years or so.

This is something I rely on for when I go on tour with my films. It lets me go to various places and have the local media cover the fact that I will be performing a one hour live dramatic narration of eight different books which are profusely illustrated and projected as I go through them, then show the film either  What is it? Being 72 minutes or It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE being 74 minutes.

Then having a Q and A and then a book signing. As I funded the films I knew that this is how I would recoup my investment even if it a slow process.

Volcanic Eruptions was a business I started in Los Angeles in 1988 as Crispin Hellion Glover doing business as Volcanic Eruptions. It was a name to use for my book publishing company.  About a year later I had a record/CD come out with a corporation called Restless Records. About when I had sold the same amount of books as CD/records had sold it was very clear to me that because I had published my own books that I had a far greater profit margin.

It made me very suspicious of working with corporations as a business model. Financing/Producing my own films is based on the basic business model of my own publishing company. There are benefits and drawbacks about self distributing my own films.  In this economy it seems like a touring with the live show and showing the films with a book signing is a very good basic safety net for recouping the monies I have invested in the films.

There are other beneficial aspects of touring with the shows other than monetary elements.There are benefits that I am in control of the distribution and personally supervise the monetary intake of the films that I am touring with. I also control piracy in this way because digital copy of this film is stolen material and highly prosecutable.

It is enjoyable to travel and visit places, meet people, perform the shows and have interaction with the audiences and discussions about the films afterwards. The forum after the show is also not to under-estimated as a very important part of the show for the audience.

This also makes me much more personally grateful to the individuals who come to my shows as there is no corporate intermediary. The drawbacks are that a significant amount of time and energy to promote and travel and perform the shows. Also the amount of people seeing the films is much smaller than if I were to distribute the films in a more traditional sense.

The way I distribute my films is certainly not traditional in the contemporary sense of film distribution but perhaps is very traditional when looking further back at vaudeville era film distribution. If there are any filmmakers that are able to utilize aspects of what I am doing then that is good. It has taken many years to organically develop what I am doing now as far as my distribution goes.

The new film project with my father is currently untitled. This new film was shot at my property in the Czech Republic. There has been an enormous amount of work in Czech. When people hear I am coming to my chateau they always say “Have a great time!” as though I am going on vacation.

But I actually have way more difficult work here than at my house in LA. In the last two years I have been at my property in Czech more than LA, but also on the road with my shows and films or acting in other people’s films, more than either of my homes.

I do have some Czech heritage but more specifically I needed to purchase property somewhere that I liked that I could have a good place to build sets. It fit the needs and when I purchased more than ten years ago the dollar was high against the Czech currency so it was a good value. Also property taxes are far lower in Czech than in the US so an industrial sized property is less expensive to maintain there than it would be in the US

I have completed principal photography my next feature at my property in Czech. The crew and cast stayed at my chateau in Czech.

The sets for this film production was in construction for over two years. At the same time the sets were being built I was in the process of continuing to develop the screenplay for myself and my father to act in together on these sets. My father, Bruce Glover, is also an actor who has appeared in such films as “Chinatown” and “Diamonds Are Forever” and he and I have not yet acted together on film.

My father, Bruce Glover, is an actor who has appeared in such films as “Chinatown” and “Diamonds Are Forever” and he and I had not acted together on film, or anywhere for that matter. It is relatively easy to direct my father. But it was more difficult when I let him get involved with some of the writing. There are things about working with one’s own father that are good and difficult at the same time.

Ultimately the results of the film and personally will be good. This will be the first role I have written for myself to act that will be written primarily as an acting role, as opposed to a role that was written for the character I play to merely serve the structure. But even still on some level I am writing the screenplay to be something that I can afford to make.

There are two other projects I am currently developing to shoot on sets at my property in the Czech Republic. These films will be relatively affordable by utilizing the basic set structures that can be slightly re-worked for variations and yet each film will feel separate from one another in look and style yet still cinematically pleasing so they will be worth to project in various cinemas.

The current production for myself and my father is not Part 3 of the “IT” trilogy. It is a completely different film. I have been showing a two minute preview of this film at my shows on my recent tours. This marks the first time I have acted with my father Bruce Glover who has been seen in such films as Diamonds are Forever, Chinatown and Ghost World.  This is my first film to have been shot with 35 mm negative.

My first two features were shot with standard 16mm film then blown up for a 35 mm negative from a digital intermediate.
I love the grain pattern of film and this is also why I enjoy 16mm as well as 35mm. So far my feature film projects have been shot on film.

This is my third feature film production. This will not be “IT IS FINE.” Nor will it have anything to do with the “IT” trilogy. It is not part 3 of the “IT” trilogy. Principal photography has been completed on this production and is currently being edited, the a preview of the film will be shown at the shows.

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