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Alamo Drafthouse premieres at-home movies during COVID-19, plus Austin's most popular stories

Austin cinemas premiere at-home movies for COVID-19, plus more stories

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Alamo Drafthouse and other local theaters have rolled out Virtual Cinema, a service that brings movies inside your home. Photo by Kathy Tran

Editor's note: It's that time again — time to check in with our top stories. We are continuing to cover Austin amid the COVID-19 crisis and share stories of how this is changing lives across the region. These are the stories that captured our attention over the past seven days.

1. Alamo Drafthouse and Violet Crown roll out at-home movies during COVID-19 shutdown. The Drafthouse and Violet Crown are rolling out Virtual Cinema, a service for film fans to support Austin movie theaters. For the price of a standard ticket, viewers can stream movies at home, but with the money going directly to a local theater instead of a major streaming platform.

2. Austin Parks closes all facilities to curb spread of COVID-19. Austin Parks announced this week it closed all park amenities in an effort to combat COVID-19. This effectively closes everything but open green spaces inside the city limits. 

3. Amazon Prime to stream SXSW 2020 films for free for first time ever. Among the many devastating things about the novel coronavirus pandemic was the cancellation of SXSW and its film festival. Now, thanks to a new partnership between SXSW and Amazon Prime, the 2020 films will be screened for audiences across the country for the first time ever — for free.

4. Austin restaurants unpack unique community event to combat COVID-19. On Saturday, April 4, local restaurants are joining together for a very special social distancing event. Learn how to buy your own basket, support local, and take part in this extraordinary community gathering.

5. Thousands of Austin dockless scooters zoom off streets due to COVID-19. Have you wondered why Austin has so few scooters lately?