If you live in Austin, as several of us Cinematical writers do, then you are joyously familiar with the Alamo Drafthouse. If you live anywhere else, then you've probably at least heard of the Drafthouse and its glorious love of movies and anti-megaplex mentality: no ads before movies, no TVs pumping ads in the lobby, an actual, restaurant-quality food menu. Well, now those who don't live near a Drafthouse will have a chance to experience their particular style of movie heaven for themselves. Kind of.
In addition to running a few excellent theaters in Austin, the Drafthouse also operates the Rolling Roadshow, which is exactly what it sounds like: movies on the road. They've done a ton of great screenings in the past (The Goonies in Astoria, OR, Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil's Tower, WY, The Shining at the Stanley Hotel, Escape From Alcatraz on Alcatraz just to name a few) and this year looks to only add to the "Damn, I wish I could have seen that there" list. Check out the line-up, amazing custom posters for each film and a trailer for the whole shebang below.
Oh, and I did I mention that each of these screenings, under this year's "We Are All Workers," Levis-sponsored theme, will be completely free? Yep, the Drafthouse is just that awesome.
· August 6 – Jackie Brown in Los Angeles, Calif.
Del Amo Fashion Mall – Director Quentin Tarantino's beloved old stomping ground, the South Bay, serves as the backdrop to the climactic sting operation. The Del Amo Mall parking lot, where one chatty character meets her end, was handpicked by Quentin Tarantino for this very special screening. Schedule permitting, the director will be in attendance.
· August 7 – Dirty Harry in San Francisco, Calif.
Washington Square Park – The sniper serial killer scouts the park from a rooftop in this park, lining up his next victim in crosshairs in this chilling scene.
· August 8 – There Will Be Blood in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Oil Experience, Kern County Museum – Oscar-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson frequented this museum, dedicated to the early oilmen in Bakersfield, CA, for inspiration and research while adapting Upton Sinclair's Oil! The film's wooden derrick was modeled after the museum's replica and the screening will be held under the shadow of this derrick.
· August 8 – Convoy and Red Dawn in Las Vegas, N.M.
Ft. Union Drive-In – In the name of blue collar masculinity, here is a double feature of desert action and power! Convoy, a Sam Peckinpah-directed movie about truck drivers, and Red Dawn were both filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
· August 13 – The Blues Brothers in Joliet, Ill.
Old Joliet Prison – In the film's opening, "Joliet" Jake Blues exits these prison gates to be picked up by his brother Ellwood in their iconic battered police cruiser.
· August 14 – Robocop in Detroit, Mich.
Russell Industrial Center – Betrayed by his corporate creator, Robocop takes refuge at an abandoned industrial complex and sets the stage for the bloody (and toxic waste-infused) showdown with Clarence Boddicker and his gang of cop killers.
· August 19 – Rocky, Rocky II and Rocky III in Philadelphia, Penn.
Philadelphia Museum of Art – Moviegoers will sit on the same steps where Rocky made his triumphant ascension at the conclusion of one of the most epic training montages ... ever. Frequent fist-pumping encouraged.
· August 20 – On the Waterfront in Hoboken, N.J.
Pier A Park – Watch one of the all time greats, Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, on the waterfront. The classic film was shot on location on the piers of Hoboken, N.J. Adjacent to Pier A is the Hoboken Historical Museum with detailed information about the filming locations. Idea credit – Entertainment Weekly.
· August 27 – The Godfather Part II in New York, N.Y.
Rooftop Near Little Italy – An ambitious young gangster named Vito Corleone earns the "Don" after taking down a local crime boss. In a spectacular sequence from the inarguably best sequel of all time, Robert De Niro tracks his target from the rooftops of Little Italy.