Austin Journals

Austin: Weird in a Good Way

A July 2006 trip to Austin by MoDean

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Photo, Austin, Texas More Photos
Quote: You've heard the popular refrain, "Only in (city)...", usually spoken in tones of exasperation. Well, in Austin, people mean it in a good way.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Photo, Austin, Texas
The Alamo Drafthouse has got to be one of the coolest places on earth. A movie theater, bar, and restaurant rolled into one, it highlights off-beat, campy, anything-goes film media, often punched up with an element of live entertainment. In short, you can sit down, order a pitcher of a beer and dinner, and watch a tribute to B horror movies… or participate in a Beastie Boys rap-along… or settle in for a marathon of cult Canadian film favorites, with a special menu of Canadian beers… or see a special screening of Trainspotting in the company of the book’s author. You get the picture. We were there for one of the Alamo’s most popular shows: ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2006

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
409 Colorado St
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 476-1320


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Ever seen an episode of A&E’s Rollergirls? The (now off-air) reality series spotlighted the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls roller derby-league in Austin, following the players through a whole season. The few episodes I saw were riveting, so when my friend mentioned that the Texas Rollergirls (another Austin league) were playing, I jumped at the chance to go. The Rock-n-Rollerderby (a two-match, four-team event) was held at Playland Skate Center, a giant barn that houses a skating rink, an antiques market, and who knows what else at various points during the week. We arrived to find a surprising number of cars jamming the streets and surrou...Read More