Since Alamo Drafthouse is new to Dallas-Fort Worth, it's understandable that area moviegoers aren't quite up to speed on how the theater chain likes to do things.
In anticipation of its upcoming Rolling Roadshow outdoor screening series, which starts Saturday, July 13 with Dazed and Confused, the theater is offering a few tips.
All of the free screenings will take place in the parking lot of the soon-to-open Alamo Drafthouse Richardson on a 40-foot inflatable screen. The screenings start at 8:30 pm at the earliest, and the theater will open the gates to a fenced-off area at 6:30 pm.
Alamo promises a party-like pre-show atmosphere, thanks to themes for each screening and a stage in front of the screen.
You'll want to arrive as early as you can, as once the area is full, no more people will be allowed in.
Don't worry about getting bored during those two hours, though. Alamo promises a party-like pre-show atmosphere, thanks to themes for each screening and a stage in front of the screen.
The theater will announce each theme via its Facebook page, so check there before heading out. You'll want to be prepared with the proper clothing, props or whatever else they come up with; think ’70s clothes for Dazed and Confused or vampire makeup and wooden stakes for The Lost Boys and you're probably on the right track.
It seems that no outdoor event in Dallas-Fort Worth is complete without an array of food trucks, and Alamo's screenings will be no different. And even though the theater won't be open, you'll still be able to partake in the "brewhouse" side of things courtesy of an outdoor bar serving local craft beers.
The screenings are being held smack dab in the middle of summer, so they will provide some means for cooling off. However, no seating will be provided, so make sure to bring your own chair or blanket. Dog lovers can bring along their pooches if they insist, as long as they care for them properly.
Following the kick-off on July 13, screenings will follow on July 20 (The Lost Boys), July 25 (Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz double feature) and July 27 (The Goonies). There will also be a special screening of The World's End inside the theater prior to the July 25 double feature; Alamo will distribute passes to that via their Facebook and Twitter pages.
This is all leading up to the grand opening on Friday, August 9, with a soft opening August 6-8 featuring $2 movie tickets and half-price food.