Alamo Drafthouse announces virtual cinema experience
The niche movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is joining the laundry list of cinemas around the world looking to circumvent the pandemic shutdowns with a new virtual cinema experience entitled “Alamo-at-Home,” in which they have partnered with indie distributors Kino Lorber, Film Movement and Magnolia Pictures for digital screenings, according to Slash Film.
Alongside the American Genre Film Archive, the Alamo is bringing their signature Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday programming line-up to the Virtual Cinema program, with the online screening experience including pre-show content, introductions and discussions conducted on Birth.Movies.Death. The former will kick off with the 1982 Hong Kong cult classic Centipede Horror from Keith Li, which was never officially released on home video in the United States and will screen on March 31 at 8 p.m. EST.
Weird Wednesday will debut with a 4K restoration of Godmonster of Indian Flats, an old school monster movie featuring an eight-foot-tall toxic sheep that destroys gas stations, crooked politicians and terrorizes stoners, which will screen on Wednesday, April 8.
“Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday aren’t just film series – they’re communities, and even though our theater doors are currently closed, it’s vital that we continue to foster these communities, because they are truly the heart of the Alamo Drafthouse,” Sarah Pitre, Senior Director of Programming and Promotions, said in a statement.
The Virtual Cinema experience will alternate between the genre screenings each week, with plans in the works for other screenings in the future and other indie titles available to watch now including Bacurau, Extra Ordinary and Corpus Christi.
Alamo-at-Home’s Virtual Cinema will alternate between Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday each week for the foreseeable future. So stay tuned to the Alamo Drafthouse on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more details on upcoming screenings.
“Our theaters are currently closed, but that doesn’t have to mean our communities have to remain shuttered as well,” Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League said in a statement. “We intend to hunker down, weather this storm and re-emerge on the other side. Until then, we’ll continue to work to share the movies we love with this community and find ways to support each other.“