I took a few days to visit Austin last week, and decided to see if the fabled Alamo Drafthouse is as good as claimed. I mean, there’s one relatively close to me, but I’d need to cross the Hudson and go to Yonkers to see it, and I’d rather not pay bridge fare and highway tolls every time I want to go to the movies.
But it turned out the Drafthouse actually is as good as the hype. I had a good time there…actually, I had four good times there. Part of the fun is the pre-show entertainment. Now, a while back, Ryan actually interviewed the guy who puts the pre-show together, and he was asked if they wanted to put the pre shows online. There were some copyright issues involved, but lo and behold (people do type that from time to time), I found a segment of a Star Wars pre show online that just tickled me just right. See if after the cut.
The Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country in large part because of their preshow entertainment. The fact that you can order food and drinks from your reserved-ahead-of-time-seat is great, of course, and the special events they host from quote-a-longs to fan festivals are always outstanding. But the clips and commercials and trailers and funny videos that entertain you before the movie starts is what proves the Drafthouse loves movies. Other big theater chains cram commercials down your throats with songs about soda and the latest ABC Family show that will be cancelled in its first season–not the Drafthouse.
The Drafthouse preshow not only sets the stage for the upcoming film but also sets the theater apart from all others. So I was thrilled recently to be electronically introduced to Laird Jimenez (follow him on Twitter!), the man responsible for putting together these amazing shows. Laird agreed to take time from his busy schedule to answer a few Gabbing Geek questions so head after the jump to peek behind the scenes on how it’s all put together!