It’s been a year and half since the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar closed its doors. After a long period of construction the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar its opening its door once again, here at CINEMA KICK we were given a tour of the new facilities. I can assure you this new facility is a dream to any fan of cinema. There is still a lot of construction around the area. You can’t tell there is a working theater behind all this construction. Here are some of the things I learn about the Alamo drafthouse south Lamar and its adjacent bar the highball:
The new South Lamar has more parking spaces with a parking garage with 576 parking spaces adjacent to the theater. A second garage is being built which would ad an additional 174 parking spaces.
The lobby is even bigger than the original one. It features a 40’ mural made by artist Heyd Fontenot, same artist that made the original mural. Many of the people in the mural are friends and workers of the Alamo drafthouse. The mural is design as people running away during an alien invasion of Austin.
The ceiling of the lobby is adorned with spaceship and airplane in the midst of battle. It gives you the feeling of a 50’s sci -fi movie. The center of the lobby has the iconic carpet of the overlook hotel from the movie the shining. A big wheel is at the center of the carpet and in the back of the carpet there is a picture of a hall from the overlook hotel. The designers made sure that the carpet had the same dimensions as in the movie by studying footage from the movie. According to Tim League owner of the Alamo, the picture in front of the carpet is going to change from time to time depending on the movie there promoting. These decorations were designed by Evan Voyles of the Neon Jungle.
No movie theater would be complete without the movie screens and the Alamo now features a total of nine auditoriums, three which are new additions, and all can hold around a thousand people. Everyone of the theaters are equipped with Sony 4K digital technology, for lovers of classic cinema two of the auditoriums have the ability to show 35 MM movies, and two theaters feature RealD 3 D. The largest auditoriums have 198 seats and the smallest auditorium has 44 seats.
The Hall is divided into two parts: the first part of the hall has the same design as the theater on the lakeline with the 3 new auditoriums. The second half of the hall is the original one from the South Lamar Alamo. The two halls are divided by an arch themed after Le Café de L’ Enfer- The café of hell in Paris. The arch is designed to look like a giant green demon. It feels like your stepping thru time when you pass thru the arch, going from the new hall to the old hall.
The new highball also returns with some new changes. The highball is now connected to the theater. This brings a new feature in which if your having drinks at the bar and your movie is about to start, you can now take your drink to the theater and finish it there and don’t worry about returning it; as a server in the theater will do this for you. The highball is now smaller with the bowling alley gone, but the bowling alley has been re-purposed into the dance floor, a bar top, ceiling details and benches. One of the nicest features of the new highball is that it now has patio for smokers.
The highball also has seven new karaoke rooms, all with different themes, designed by Zack Carlson and Laura Fleischauer of Space Warp Design.
KARAOKE 1: FREAKS
Designs like an old carnival freak show, its wall are designed in the yellow and orange pattern of a circus tents. Portraits of sideshow attraction adorned its wall. According to designer Zack Carlson, they were copies of real life poster from American circus sideshows. In the middle of the room it has cage with a small two headed goat.
KARAOKE 2: MIDNIGHT MANOR
Inspired by shows like the Adams Family and the Munsters this designed like a spooky mansion. It has boarded up windows and spider webs. It also has a window that features a diorama of a haunted castle on the horizon.
KARAOKE 3: TRULY OUTRAGEOUS
This room was designed to be appealing to the female demographics. Its inspired by the 80s cartoon JEM. It has all the neon color popular in fashion from the 80’s. The wall has records from both Jem and the Holograms and the Misfits. One section of the wall has a mirror in the shape of a thunderbolt.
KARAOKE 4: THE FIFTH DIMENSION
It has a twilight zone motive. Its walls features all the sparkles that make them look like the void of outer space. In the center of the room it has the iconic sideways door from the show.
KARAOKE 5: JOYSTICKS
If you’re nostalgic about the 8-bit NES days, then you’re going to love this room. It features a Pacman game table in the center of the rooms. The walls are decorated with images from the first super Mario brothers. A lot of adults are going to feel like a little kid in this room.
KARAOKE 6: THE BLACK LOG
One of the most unique karaoke rooms, Inspired by the early 90’s show David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS. The fans of the show will recognize all images from the inter-dimensional room; the red curtains, the black and white floor, the log in the middle of the room and the Venus de Milo. The only thing missing here is a backward talking dwarf. It’s also the smallest karaoke room.
KARAOKE 7: THE INFERNO
The largest karaoke room, It looks like something out metalapocalypse or the perfect place to hold a ritual sacrifice while singing karaoke. The room features many decorations that would make any metal aficionado happy. One of the decorations that got my attention is a pentagram on the floor that was drawn with a blowtorch.
The Alamo and the highball look great; I highly recommend you go out to watch a movie and then head to the highball for some drinks and karaoke when it opens on Saturday August 16.