The Alamo Rolls On

Rolling%20Raising.jpgIf you thought that Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse was the best movie theater in the country because it serves beer and pizza, you’ve missed the bigger picture. A 40 foot bigger picture.

As if Sinus shows, sing-a-longs, and cinematic feasts weren’t enough, the Alamo’s Rolling Roadshow productions offer some of the most innovative and unique movie experiences available. Long after memories of Superman Returns fade away (oops, too late), I’ll still cherish the experience of watching Jaws from an innertube on Lake Travis, wolfing White Castle burgers at the Elks Lodge during Harold & Kumar, and barreling through the Smokey and the Bandit road rally.

Last Summer, the roadshow crew took their name to the extreme and formulated a monumental cinematic road trip throughout the West that included Close Encounters @ Devil’s Tower and a Bullitt road rally through the streets of San Francisco. My inner geek nearly exploded in jealousy as my own summer pilgrimage through the West passed through Lake Powell, Arizona two weeks too soon to catch the Planet of the Apes screening there.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cooler, Alamo releases their schedule for this summer’s tour. If you’re lucky enough to have the month of August open, then you’ll have the chance to roll with the Warriors through New York subways, talk Star Wars with Kevin Smith and friends at a Quick Stop in New Jersey, or hunt for Nathan Jr. in Arizona, among other adventures. Things have definitely stepped up a notch this year, as the 2006 blockbuster tour is sponsored by Netflix and all the screenings are free. With Lisa Loeb along for hosting duties, I half expect an E! special (Wild on Rolling Roadshows!) or reality series to come out of this.

The full schedule is available through the Alamo or Netflix.

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