Do you like cinema? And food? So you put the two together and you have the perfect place: Alamo Drafthouse. I’ve never heard about a place like this before so, when the husband comes to me saying we can go to the cinema and have food IN the cinema, I’m like “I’m there!”. And yes, normal places will offer you the usual popcorn, but who needs popcorn when you can have milkshakes, pizzas, cookies baked to order and booze? Can you imagine yourself seated at the cinema while someone’s serving you? It’s heaven! I lived in England for 5 years and I didn’t even go as many times as I’ve been to Alamo in 1,5 months. Don’t judge me, no one wants to go outside when the weather is crap. Now, with temperatures of 100º and food on the spot, sure, I’ll go.
But let’s forget about the food. The Alamo has something that no other cinema has: charisma. As soon as you enter the door, there’s a bar. The smell of beer just hits you, no matter if you have the worst hay fever and can’t smell properly. The rooms have been so well designed that you’ll never have a problem with the servers or with the 6.5ft guy in front of you. But best of all: they have such strict rules. Don’t you dare being on your phone or sharing the story of your life with the entire room or you’ll be evicted.
Alamo made national headlines in 2011 when the rantings of one angry customer who was ejected for texting were included in its “Don’t Talk or Text” PSA shown before films. “When we adopted our strict no talking policy back in 1997 we knew we were going to alienate some of our patrons,” Tim League posted on the cinema’s website. “That was the plan. If you can’t change your behavior and be quiet (or unilluminated) during a movie, then we don’t want you at our venue.”
I’m sure you guys have been to Alamo, are you as big fans as I am?