Food, Film and Franchise / by KirstenStudio

I have family in Austin, Texas.  They made the move years ago when the computer industry got big. I always enjoy visiting because I like these family members and because the city of Austin has some really cool elements including, but not limited to a growingly eco-conscious city, even boasting green certified municipal buildings.  It's a college which automatically means there are great coffee houses and a nice river that runs along downtown.  It's the home of South by Southwest (SXSW) and The Austin Film Festival.  The town's got a great mix of modern and vintage inspired fashion, and an eclectic mix of great music, including a small but significant rock-a-billy scene and some really good food.  It definitely has it's own personality.


A favorite stop I make every visit is the Alamo Drafthouse.  A combination cinema and restaurant that offers both current releases and theme screenings of old favorites and obscure film anomalies.  A few features I appreciate is the commercial free policy which allows for interesting pre-feature clips, interviews and wacky videos to entertain rather than to sell (imagine that).  The theatre also doesn't allow tiny children unless it's a kids specific event.

The Alamo Drafthouse offers a wide variety of film and frequent guest appearances by prominent actors and directors as well as kitsch hosts like Elvira (this month) to open up quirky theme nights and Mary Jo Pehl (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Cinematic Titanic).  It's more than your average cinema facility.  It supports and promotes film from the good to the bad and of course, the ugly.  It's a destination.  Some examples of theme events include We Will Rock You: The Queen Sing-a-long, Master Pancake Theatre Signature Series and yes, many more.

Just in case you're independently wealthy or have friendly investors that are, the Alamo Drafthouse is a chain.  You too can sport your own Alamo Drafthouse franchise in your own locale.  Their website gives a rundown of how to get started.  You basically need a bunches of money and a willingness to adhere to their standards.

I can't see how anyone could go wrong by putting a Alamo in their neighborhood, unless you're irresponsible scoff law.  Then I wouldn't recommend it.  If you're a law abiding, upstanding citizen who has an passion for film and a eye for business, please put an Alamo in my neighborhood, or at least somewhere in New York City.   I can't believe we don't have one yet.