Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 South Lamar Boulevard,
Austin, TX 78704

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Operated by: Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Architects: Richard Weiss

Firms: Weiss Architecture

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 512.476.1320
Manager: 512.476.1320

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opened as a 6-screen theatre with 695 seats. You may have been to a "restaurant movie theater" before, but unless you’ve visited one of the Alamo Drafthouses, you simply haven’t lived. Unlike the original Alamo (which has since been moved over to a new venue called the Ritz), the South Lamar location shows mainly first-run movies – which means you can watch the latest blockbusters and arthouse releases while you kick back with beers, salad, cheeseburgers, milk shakes, or whatever else the massive menu has to offer.

The staff is great, there’s real movie-love in the air, and they host the awesome Fantastic Fest every September. Plus they don’t simply stand for people who TALK during the movie, god bless ‘em. In 2013 it was renovated and three new screens were added. Weiss Architecture were the architects involved.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

ScottWeinberg on August 28, 2007 at 2:24 am

Best. Theater. Ever.

John Fink
John Fink on July 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

The future of this theater is still in limbo as new developers were hoping to demolish the mall for apartments – they were hoping to keep the Leauges as tenants by including a new Alamo and Highball. That deal fell through which is great, I personally love this location and the plaza it’s in, the plaza retains a vintage funky-ness that Austin is slowly losing in favor of redeveloping areas into “mixed use” complexes. This theatre – like The Ritz is great, although the only thing that can be annoying is showtimes can change frequently as they bring in all kinds of special (often amazing) programing. Actually I shouldn’t complain, the Alamo is brilliant, it’s a theatre run by movie lovers who care about the experience and presentation, with surprisingly good food and drinks – it’s no wonder they have lines out the door on weekends (I recently saw Ted here with a delicious glass of agave ale and popcorn – one of the most enjoyable nights at the movies ever).

John Fink
John Fink on September 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

Getting 3 new screens and a new lobby as part of the plaza redevelopment, slated to close in January for much of 2013 (this may present a problem the rapidly growing SXSW – which grew to include 2 screens at the tiny Violet Crown last year, now it’ll be down 3 screens with not much room at the convention center). Maybe The Dobbie (which looks to still be in tact) can serve as a temporary venue…

Pawnshop on June 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

I used to work across the street at Holland Photo in the early 1990’s and shopped in the Piggly Wiggly grocery store that was where the Alamo is now.

ERD on February 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

Nice way of seeing a movie.

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