Inside the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, opening soon!

Today on the Alamo Drafthouse blog, former Roxie boss and new New Mission honcho Mike Keegan gives us the skinny:

What are we going to show at the New Mission? The short answer is, anything we think should be seen with an audience.  The slightly longer answer is: Hollywood blockbusters, independent pictures, classics, not-so-classics, foreign films, insane rediscoveries, restorations, rarities, documentaries, cult stuff, music stuff, interactive parties, and lots more.  From family-friendly sing-a-longs to gigantic space operas to brain-damaged total trash, it’s all under one gigantic roof at the New Mission.

Speaking of the New Mission, want to see how it’s coming along?

This is our big main room on the ground floor.  That scaffolding on the stage is where speakers are going to go, behind the screen.  Do you see those little holes in the ground?  Back in the day, each seat at the New Mission had individual heat blowers in the floor for each guest.  We’re not replicating that particular quirk, but we figure being able to eat and drink from your seat is a fair trade.  EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: We ARE replicating that personal atmospheric maintenance system!

Epic! Great work, Mike!

Read on for more pics and info.

21 Responses to “Inside the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, opening soon!”

  1. Can’t wait to see this place get restored.

  2. one says:

    Snarkfree, I seriously cannot wait. I’d go there when it was a cheap import furniture store and wander around the piles of crap they put up to block access to the balcony, etc. It’s a fucking amazing space. It made me wonder how great Mission St must have been before BART ripped everything apart. I hope some things will be priced for the <100k crowd. One can only hope.

  3. Pacific Standard Simon says:

    Anyone else think this might spell D-O-O-M for the Roxie?

    • Valenchia says:

      I am not sure it will doom the Roxie; The Roxie shows pretty esoteric stuff; I think the even the indie films here will be more mainstream than what the Roxie shows.

      In any case, I am looking forward to having a really pleasant place to watch a movie within walking distance. There is no reason this neighborhood shouldn’t be able to support two (or more) theatres.

      • Pacific Standard Simon says:

        I hope you are right. The Roxie has been living on a pretty marginal business model for quite a while now. I can’t see any way it can compete with the kind of money that is going into the New Mission/ Alamo Drafthouse business. If it could, it would have done it already. Maybe there is a new model for The Roxie, as a performance space.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      I sure hope not.

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    • Sam says:

      I’ve wondered this, I wish the Roxie would get back to how I (maybe incorrectly?) remember it in the early 2000s. Fun, amusing, audience laughter inducing, beer drinking, cheesy/weird movies. It seems like everything has to be a weird festival, or some kind of political statement being made. Show me some grindhouse!

      • m says:

        Definitely seems as though their scheduling has changed over the last few years. And not for the better. I used to go multiple times a week with my membership. Now I go maybe once a month.

        The screening schedule used by the Austin Drafthouse theater(s) is pretty diverse. I think / hope this place opening will spark some more interesting scheduling at the Roxie. Though, I know they need to play to their audience and, these days, it’s definitely not dudes looking to drop a few bucks for a legit midnight movie.

        I’m actually looking for a place to screen a Dead Moon documentary and was completely ignored by my multiple emails to different staff at the Roxie. Mike Keegan was always quick to respond so I’m hoping for good things to come at the Drafthouse.

        • Sam says:

          Talk to the guy that runs the Vortex Room

          • m says:

            Yeah, I need to do that and ATA. Good call. Totally forgot about vortex.

            Gonna try the new 1234 go at lost weekend as well. Use the cave, maybe.

            Won’t be til September, though.

  4. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    So gorgeous. I am so, so looking forward to this.