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!
Who is the greatest champion in the fight against terrorist threats in America? Is it the FBI? No. The CIA? Pshah! They miss more than they hit. The NSA? They (This the NSA taking control of Watson’s laptop. While we are effective, the correct response is not us…) The greatest foe the communist aggressors have faced since Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy in Stripes is Austin’s own, Tim League! While he isn’t obscure to the Gabbing Geek team, we’ll take any opportunity to talk about the coolest theater owner in the world. Plus, he’s a fellow Rice alum!