Alamo Drafthouse

Over the years, the Drafthouse has become a mecca for moviefiles around the world. ~photo by Bruce Turner

Over the years, the Drafthouse has become a nationally recognized movie venue. ~photo by Bruce Turner


Looking back, it’s amazing to think Austin’s iconic Alamo Drafthouse theater has only been in business since 1997 when it started out of a converted parking structure off of 4th street. Today, it spans three local theaters and franchises as far away as Virginia.

The Drafthouse is best known for serving food and beer, sometimes themed, to go along with their movies. The atmosphere is geared for an older crowd, and you have to be 18 to get in without a parent or guardian. That said, The Alamo Drafthouse offers day screening for mothers with young children and special events like the Rolling Roadshow that are fun for the whole family.


  • Tickets at the Alamo tend to be cheaper than most other movie theaters in town, especially if you have a student ID. They make more money off of food.
  • Check out a special event. We recommend Master Pancake theater involves a group of comedians heckling an old classic like Rocky or Titanic. The sing along shows are also quite good.
  • Keep an eye on the Alamo website calendar for upcoming special events, they often sell out weeks in advance.



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