This weekend we visited Ryan's sister and brother-in-law and our adorable niece and nephew (more on them in a later blog!). They live in Kansas City, Missouri. We were talking over what we wanted to do on Saturday, and when Katie off- handedly mentioned that there was an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, I sort of freaked out.
I have always wanted to go to an Alamo Drafthouse. What is the Alamo Drafthouse, you may ask?
It's a different kind of movie theater. It is the movie theater of my dreams. Why? The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is an American cinema chain that is famous for its strict policy of requiring its audiences to maintain proper cinemagoing etiquette. Um...yes please? I read an entire article about these theaters in Entertainment Weekly only a few months ago!
I hate movie talkers. Hate them with a vengeance. I'm not talking about when you quietly whisper to your friend in a theater, "Hey, do you want popcorn?" I'm talking about WHEN SOMEONE HAS A LAME CONVERSATION AT A NORMAL VOLUME. "OH MY GOSH, WHAT IS THAT ACTORS NAME? WASNT HE IN THAT HARRISON FORD MOVIE? NO? HEY, HOW IS YOUR MOM?" Or when people repeatedly check their phone. I sat next to someone once who answered their phone in a theater. They were like "Oh hey! Nothing! I'm in a MOVIE!!" At which point I wanted to throw their phone across the theater and declare them my mortal enemy. Um, everyone can see the light on your phone, girl! It's like a flashlight in a dark room. TURN IT OFF!! You are not special! You are not above the rules just because you want to text your friends!
Because of people like this, the Alamo Drafthouses have a lot of rules. First, no kids under six. Period. (I'm guessing they have no kids movies shown there, so why would kids even want to go there in the first place? Which begs the question, why do you want to take a kid to an adult movie?) Second, NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS. Oh my gosh. FANTASTIC. Be still my heart. I can't tell you how many movies I've been to that have been ruined by rowdy teenagers. But most of all, the rule that rules all rules (like how I did that?) NO TALKING. In the previews, we are warned. You are warned by the waiter. And then, just in case you forgot, there is a paragraph that basically says, "Seriously. No talking. If your neighbors complain about you, you will get one warning. You won't get another one, and you won't get a refund." Um, there has never been a sexier paragraph, maybe ever.
We went there to go see Zero Dark Thirty in the afternoon. I was so there. Rules! Glorious rules!
This was in addition to the gorgeous theater, which was located in Power and Light District, we were treated to a totally gorgeous restored building, complete with an elegant bar area. We got our drinks (Angry Orchard - my new obsession!) and sat down in huge, comfy seats that had a wood bar/table running in front of it. We were given a menu by a very cool looking hipster waiter, and instructed on how to order - write down what we want at anytime during the film, stick it in this metal holder thing and then go back to watching. 20 minutes later, we had hot cookies and milk, warm popcorn in a metal bowl and not a plastic container, another beer. Jerry had a margarita brought to the table. Pizza. Fries, Spinach dip, whatever you want, you can order. Yeah, I'm serious. Do you see the problem here?
Before the movie, instead of seeing 10,000 ads for Coke, Red Bull and whatever new movie Will Smith is trying unsuccessfully to make, we watched HILARIOUS old movies or ads. Katie and Jerry found them strange, but Ryan and I thought they were pretty awesome. Our movie started - Zero Dark Thirty. I'll review it later, but lets just say that it wasn't for the faint of heart. Or someone who has to go to the bathroom. Ever.
It was pretty much the best movie theater experience EVER. Alamo Drafthouse...I AM A CONVERT.
I didn't think it could get any better, but then...my sister told me that they are building an Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton.
BUST OUT THE HALLELUJAHS PEOPLE! BUST THEM OUT! I'm about to kiss AMC goodbye!
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