Holiday Road

Alamo Drafthouse's top June events feature kids, dads and Death

Alamo Drafthouse's top June events feature kids, dads and Death

National Lampoon's Vacation alamo drafthouse summer of 83
National Lampoon's Vacation Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen in The Great Escape Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
A Band Called Death by Drafthouse Films
A Band Called Death Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
National Lampoon's Vacation alamo drafthouse summer of 83
The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen
A Band Called Death by Drafthouse Films

Summertime means movie time; anyone who tries to convince you it’s about swimming or the great outdoors is a damn liar trying to snatch you away from the cool embrace of air conditioning. When your friends ask you to join them for paddleboarding, remind them that a movie theater is a UV-free zone.

If you choose the path of refreshing laziness this summer, the Alamo Drafthouse has got your back in June with another stellar lineup of big screen classics and unique events. Here are the top picks for the month, sure to beat the heat and prevent you from breaking a sweat.

Alamo Kids Camp
If you’re a parent, summer is a bit tougher to get through, because now you have to find something for the kiddos to enjoy seven days a week. Thankfully, the Drafthouse knows that the best is to plop them down in front of a giant screen to be entertained by some movie magic.

To get the little ones out of the house for a while, the Drafthouse offers a few films completely free for everyone to enjoy. Just make sure you show up early since seats can’t be reserved online. What is there to enjoy this month? Try Muppets Take Manhattan, Speed Racer and Casper. That should be able to keep the kids in their seats for a couple of hours.

Summer of ’83: Vacation Quote-along
Want to enjoy the open road without having to put up with your family during a road trip? Experience it vicariously thanks to Harold Ramis’s classic Vacation and remember a dark age when there wasn’t even a Game Boy to get you through a disastrous family road trip.

The Action Pack is joining in the Drafthouse’s Summer of ’83 film series fun with a special quote-along of the most epic cross-country journey ever captured on screen. You’ll have so much fun you’ll need plastic surgery to remove your smile.

Father’s Day at the Drafthouse
The Drafthouse offered a fun sampling to celebrate Mother’s Day, so of course they wouldn’t want to leave out dear old dad. There are three films to choose from during the day, all of which are better than a cheap mug proclaiming your dad’s ranking among the rest of the world’s dads.

At numerous locations around town, you can pick from either lighthearted displays of fatherly devotion, Mr. Mom or Paper Moon, or something more action-packed like The Great Escape. What dad wouldn’t like a movie featuring McQueen, Bronson and Coburn outwitting a bunch of Nazis?

A Band Called Death — Screening and Concert
During the previous SXSW, audiences were able to catch a sneak peek at a rock documentary that changed how music fans looked at the history of punk rock. Particularly, it revealed how a trio of three African-American brothers from Detroit predated punk, fell into obscurity and returned thanks to some zealous vinyl collectors.

Before the documentary hits theaters nationwide, Drafthouse Films will host a special screening and Q&A followed with a performance by Death at the Parish. Tickets are now on sale via the Drafthouse for the screening and concert or just the concert, meaning you can have a front row seat to experience an important chapter of American music history.