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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Movie Hype July: Drafthouse Details, AGFA Screenings, Video Game Features

-Alamo Drafthouse is still set to open this July, no official date yet. We do have some details about the theaters and a film watching program.

First off, let's break down what'll be at the Drafthouse here. There will be twelve auditoriums each with a 4k laser projector. One theater will have a good ol' 35mm projector. A bar and kitchen for food and drink for the movies. Video Vortex, a bar/video rental store will also be a part of the place. The press release noted free rentals, but didn't explain how that would be done.

Alamo Season Pass will also be going on here, it's a program where you can watch a movie a day and reserve seats for a monthly subscription fee. You can try and get into it here.

Another note, Ash Minnick was named in charge of  Drafthouse’s flagship tabletop gaming community initiative here in LA. Many LA people like board games and game cafes, so it'll be interesting to see Drafthouse behind game nights or community events.

-AGFA ( American Genre Film Archive) or better known as much of the batsh*t insane section of Cinefile is having a special six-movie spectacle over at UCLA's Billy WIld Theater. What got my attention most of all was a screening of Don't Panic, a messed-up Mexican version of Nightmare on Elm Street with teenagers that looks like adults, because they are. I heard about this one from the horror news and reviews, Shock Waves Podcast...and sure enough they're apart of it. They're filming a live episode with the screening and chatting with the director.

That's only one night of the movies AGFA is bringing. You have a bunch of double features like Lady Terminator/Sister Street Fighter. Two ultra-violent, so-bad-it's-good films with babes that make little sense when it comes to logic. Every night is a great night to see with a group of friends and wonder how any of these were allowed to be made.

Check out each wonderful night for strange Summer viewing content at the link below.

Catch A Thrill! Ten Years of the American Genre Film Archive
July 12- Aug 17
Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
$10 per screening 

 July 14, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Director Steve De Jarnatt in -person.

Also taking place at the Billy Wilder is the 30th anniversary screening of a Miracle Mile (1989). I found out about this LA cult favorite from a fossil cleaner of the La Brea Tar Pits. It's a story about love and what would happen before nukes go off in LA...and maybe do go off. It's pretty messed up.

You have two classic video game movies in one night. "It's so bad," and other classic lines will be on the ready. So grab your power gloves and get out.