If you’re a frequent visitor to the Alamo Drafthouse on Lake Creek, you’re aware of its imminent closure and the opening of the new Lakeline location just down the street. Teases for the beefed up Lakeline location have kept customers on their toes, and now they know when they can start going to their favorite quote-alongs and sing-alongs on the theater’s 10 screens.
Mark your calendars for July 22: the day when Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline opens its doors to the largest Drafthouse to date. The 10 screens will allow seating for nearly 1,000 moviegoers.
The transition from old to new theater should be seamless, with Lake Creek simply closing up shop after its evening programming on Sunday, July 21 and Lakeline opening up the next day. It’s a closing and grand opening that might be a bit bittersweet for Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League.
"I built the original Lake Creek Alamo with my own two hands," said League in a press release. "I am excited that more skilled craftsmen than myself have replaced it with a brand new state-of-the-art cinema for the neighborhood."
While Lake Creek may be going quietly into the night, Lakeline is ready to introduce itself as the place for epic events. The first week of programming features a host of fun screenings with a side of extra special guests.
The biggest of them all is a triple feature of director Edgar Wright’s “Blood and Ice Cream” Trilogy, which includes screenings of Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and an advance screening of his newest feature, The World’s End. Wright will be in attendance for the screening and a Q&A, along with the film’s stars and Wright’s regular partners, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. There’s no word yet if the Drafthouse will be handing out free Cornetto ice cream for this special event.
The other big opening spectacular is a screening of the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes. The Lakeline lobby has a special ape-themed interior, similar to how the Slaughter Lane location has a special plant interior. Guests are invited to don their best ape suits and accessories to get in the spirit of the evening (and in touch with their primate instincts).
Opening week is solid across the board, with an all-you-can-eat pizza party/screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a Curious George family red carpet event co-presented with KLRU, and a several appearances by MST3K alum Joel Hodgson, including his solo show and an evening with his fellow Austin movie mockers, Master Pancake.
Tickets for the opening week’s events are now on sale. This will be a good taste of things to come once the Drafthouse reopens on South Lamar.