Watching movies is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. The only thing better than a Netflix marathon is going to the movies and spending a couple of hours there, reaping the benefits of a large purse that allows me to sneak in copious amounts of candy.
Spending hours in front of a great film as a mental reprieve from homework is that much more appealing when it is done off campus.
These activities are even better when you can include junk food. And while I havenâ€™t tried sneaking in pizza slices or cheese fries, it has certainly occurred to me that these would pair well with the latest action-packed film.
To save myself from going to these extremes, I go to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where I can order these items like a normal person.
An Austin hotspot thatâ€™s now opened locations across the state, this theater chain allows you to order food while you watch the movie, which is a lot more exciting than it sounds. The type of food they offer is everything you want while watching a movie: pizza, nachos, beer, burgersâ€”essentially a foodieâ€™s paradise.
You can order anything from a barbecue chicken pizza to a basil pesto frittata for brunch.
Those of age can also enjoy a wide selection of speciality beers and drinks. And some locations include speciality coffee beverages for those of us who are too cool to sip a milkshake.
While I donâ€™t consider myself a film buff by any means, when I go to this theater, I feel that much closer to becoming one. Outside of the regular blockbusters that are shown at almost every theater, they feature special screenings of old favorites like â€œGreaseâ€ sing-alongs, or, depending on the time of year, there are also themed screenings of older films.
For example, the location nearest to Trinity, the Park North Alamo Drafthouseâ€”just off of Loop 410 by North Star Mallâ€”has a series of Halloween and Beerfest themed films that will be shown next week. On Monday, Oct. 13, there will be a sing-along â€œLittle Shop of Horrorsâ€ showing, and a â€œShaun of the Deadâ€ quote-along is scheduled for Thursday.
For the beer lovers among us, Drafthouse will celebrate San Antonio Beerfest early by watching the film â€œBeerfestâ€ on Tuesday, and by serving the celebrated brown ales in honor of said festival.
Other locations in San Antonio will show different films, such as â€œHocus Pocusâ€ and â€œThe Rocky Horror Picture Showâ€ with a sing-along portion to bring in the Halloween spirit.
While these theaters offer plenty of opportunities to shout lines at the screen, some events go beyond the basic quote-along.
For example, fans of â€œThe Princess Brideâ€ can attend a special screening on Monday, Oct. 20, where they can watch the quote-along and participate with props such as inflatable swords.
Following the film, there will be a live stream of a Q&A session with none other than Cary Elwes. Each member of the audience will receive â€œPrincess Brideâ€ pint glass as well as a signed copy of Elwes memoir, â€œAs You Wish.â€
The entire experience at an Alamo Drafthouse theater is pretty unique, even if you are watching a newly released film.
Rather than standard previews that showcase the next blockbuster film, you will watch a montage of old previews and advertisements that pertain to the specific film you are watching.
With various locations across the city, you have access to a sweet cinema experience all over San Antonio. No matter your cinematic taste, that experience is worth it.
For showtimes, see www.drafthouse.com/san_antonio.