Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown

409 Colorado Street,
Austin, TX 78701

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Previously operated by: Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Functions: Bar

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown

Austin’s original Drafthouse Cinema was the only independently owned and operated theater in Austin. It was also the first of its kind in the city. Take an ordinary theater, remove every other row of seats and replace them with tables, and have waiters serve decent food during the movie. Don’t worry – they have a system, and your movie experience will not be ruined by the waiters.

The drafthouse had five theaters in Austin, one in Houston, and the rolling roadshow.

Rolling Roadshow? Well, that’s a series of unique events they sponsor whenever the mood strikes. Watch “Jaws” while floating in an inner tube in Lake Travis at midnight. Watch “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” at the original house, with the original cast. You know, cool things like that.

Hands down, the Alamo Drafthouse is the best thing to happen to movies in Austin in decades. This Downtown cinema was closed in the late-2000’s and is now a bar.

Contributed by Pierce Krouse

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

ScottWeinberg on August 28, 2006 at 8:50 am

I’ve been to this theater numerous times while visiting the SXSW Film Festival, and I think it’s what (my) heaven looks like.

ScottWeinberg on August 27, 2007 at 4:16 am

Someone should add the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to the database of this fine website. ‘Tis a supremely excellent venue.

TLSLOEWS on May 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Very cool concept it does not seem to work everywhere it is tried though.NIce looking marquee and vertical.

MPol on July 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Hey!! I wish that they’d at least try the Alamo Draft House here in the Boston Area! It looks like a nifty little theatre, btw.

DavidSimpson on November 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

This cinema had closed by the time of my visit in September 2011. It’s now a bar called Ten Oak. Quentin Tarantino is great friends with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and the opening scene in the director’s film ‘Death Proof’ (2007) features this cinema. And the neon sign belonging to the bar in the film – “The Bone Shack” – hangs in the foyer of the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, Austin.

DavidSimpson on December 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

To add to my previous comment, I was told that this cinema opened in 1997.

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