The World's End Early

Get into Alamo Drafthouse early at special pre-opening party with Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg headlines special pre-opening event at Alamo Drafthouse

UPDATE: Alamo Drafthouse has released the details on how to secure a pair of tickets for The World's End screening. The full information is on their site, but those interested will essentially have to prove their fandom by tweeting @AlamoDFW with their most creative alternate name for the "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy.

100 winners, each getting a pair of tickets, will be chosen by the Alamo staff and will be notified via e-mail a week prior to the screening.


Alamo Drafthouse is known for its out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to special screenings. As we eagerly await the opening of the new Richardson theater on August 9, Alamo is already getting into that act by announcing a special pre-opening screening of the so-called "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy — Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and an advance screening of The World's End — on Thursday, July 25.

The World's End, the newest film from actor/writer Simon Pegg and writer/director Edgar Wright, will be the showcase of the event. It will allow a lucky few not only a chance to see the film almost a month before it opens, but also to be the first to see a movie inside the new theater, a full two weeks before anyone else.

After that screening ends, at around 9 pm, both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Pegg and Wright's first two films together, will be shown back-to-back on a screen in the parking lot. These outdoor screenings are in addition to the previously announced screenings of Dazed and ConfusedThe Lost Boys and The Goonies.

Over 200 free passes for The World's End will be distributed via Alamo Drafthouse Richardson's Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming weeks. Admission for the two outdoor screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis until the fenced-in area is full, starting at 9 am. There will also be food trucks and an outdoor bar on hand to serve the masses.

As if that's not enough, Pegg, Wright and Nick Frost, who co-stars in all three films, will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening of The World's End and to introduce the Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz double feature.

If these are the kinds of bonuses Alamo Drafthouse offers now, we can't wait to see what the theater does once it actually opens.

The World's End
Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan in The World's End. Photo by Laurie Sparham/Focus Features