The speeches, the wardrobes, the celebrity interactions — I don’t know about you, but I am completely exhausted on this post-Oscars Monday. Anyone who knows me knows that I need to see as many movies as I can before the show so that I can ooh, ahh, and be shocked by the “snubs”. More importantly, it eliminates FOMO (um..Fear of Missing Out of course!). This time, I decided to go to The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the first time ever. I’ve since decided that all past and future movie-going experiences are now ruined unless I go to the Alamo.
You know how it goes, dinner, drinks, and a movie. Here’s the thing. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is all three of these in one – think the date night trifecta. Eat dinner, sip on a brewski, and watch the highly anticipated rom-com that your significant other swears will be amazing, all at once. It’s like a movie theater for celebrities and fancy people, but in reality, anyone can go. It’s not like a regular theater, it’s a cool theater (winks and walks away).
We walked into the entrance of the theater and immediately noticed the high ceilings that opened up into a room with high-top tables and shiny booth seating around the perimeter. The deep red fan-patterned wallpaper and brightly lit Alamo marquee gave off strong vintage vibes like we were going to watch a “film” in the 1930s and I should have been wearing a feather boa.
Even though the main room reminded me of an old school Nickelodeon, rounding the corner we spotted the Glass Half Full – a full service bar inside the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema that gives the space a more modern feel. When we entered the bar, the bartender, Michael, was happy to answer our annoyingly long list of questions and also serve us one of the recommended 32 beers they had on draught.
The low down:
There is a full food menu (with some award-winning items) and a full-service bar which are both accessible to you from the Glass Half Full OR your seat inside the theater (keep reading, will explain). So, we each ordered one beer from Glass Half Full and walked from the bar into our theater, which almost felt like we were breaking an open container law somewhere. We were there to see The Post, which I was excited about because it stars two of my all-time favorite actors.
The way it works:
When you get to your seat (PSST you can reserve it!), there is a long skinny table that goes across the aisle. There are slots underneath of the table with menus, and on top are order sheets and pens. Find what you want (no judgement if you go for a milkshake AND cookies), write it on the order slip, put the slip in the slot in front of you, and VOILA.
The servers at the Alamo have been trained to be speedy or “ninja-like” as they describe. They grab your order slip when they see it in the slot, and bring out your order a few minutes later. The menu isn’t just typical movie-theater fare. We are talking pizzas, apps, sandwiches, salads, and even devoted sections to milkshakes and hotdogs. A movie theater after my own heart! It’s like a delicious drive-thru restaurant and movie theater all in one.
This is the cream of the crop when it comes to movie theaters. Think about it! If your kids want to go see a movie that just looks plain awful, at least you will have a beverage in hand and the option to make a delicious meal out of it. As it was in the beginning (cue dramatic music), the Alamo allows for every movie-goer to become completely immersed in the movie without cell phones and other distractions. If you even think about taking your phone out to text, you might as well be saying “Bye Felicia!” to watching the rest of the film.
Though “The Post” didn’t win the award for Best Picture, I thoroughly enjoyed my true “movie-goer” experience at the Alamo. The truth is, I’ve been spoiled and it’s ok because I’m worth it and so are you! So, the next time you are dying to see a movie, don’t settle on stale popcorn accompanied by noisy teenagers in the row in front of you. Opt for the big winner when it comes to a luxury cinema experience!