This cinema follows 3 rules. They don’t play ads before the movie, they don’t allow children under 6 (no screaming babies), and no cell phones are allowed inside the theatre. If this wasn’t enough, they serve great pizza and even greater beer.
Alamo Drafthouse serves booze, snacks, and multi-course dinners during the movie. I know what you’re thinking. How can this fall under the venue’s strict cinema goer etiquette? Well, they somehow pull it off.
When you take your seat, the attendee (and later waiter) explains the theatre’s strict rules and how to order your food. The menu is extensive so you simply write what you want on a piece of paper and stick it upright in the slot at the front of your table.
At each table is a very dim light that just about allows you to read the menu. I spent most of the trailers deciding which milkshake to get with my jerk chicken sandwich. Like a ninja, you’re waiter sneaks through the stalls collecting orders, serving food, collecting dishes, dropping back cheques, collecting credit cards and returning guests change.
This is somehow all done seamlessly and without interfering with the movie. I’m not sure what kind of boot camp training these waiters go through before their first day but it’s an event that must be experienced by any tourist passing through Austin.
There are now more than 20 Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across America, but the original (and the best) is in Austin, Texas.
Tickets start at $9.50 (€8.90) and you can book online here.