You know what many might find terrifying? The idea of watching Jaws in a body of water.
You know what people really like to do? Be terrified.
Which is why the Alamo Drafthouse’s “JAWS On The Water” is back for summer 2017.
The movies hit the shores of Volente Beach on Austin’s Lake Travis for a month-long run of weekend “dive-in” shows, including – for the first time – screenings of “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3D” screened in 3D, and “Jaws: The Revenge” hosted by Master Pancake.
Tickets to these On the Water shows include full access to Volente Beach attractions including Lazy Lagoon, The Sidewinder, the water slides, a shark-ified inner tube, fireworks display and the experience of watching Jaws with your feet in the water.
The Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide are hosting screenings from June 30 through July 6, including interactive movie parties.
Also look for a Mondo-designed Jaws pint glass, featuring original artwork by acclaimed artist Kevin Tong available exclusively at our Movie Party screenings.
It also happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Drafthouse itself– the first one opened May 25, 1997.
Since then, the Drafthouse has become one of the most influential brands in American cinema. They’ve opened dozens of locations, thrown thousands of events, started Fantastic Fest and catered to movie nerds of all stripes while retaining a pro-active, progressive social stances.
So it seems fitting that, given their dexterity in changing with the times, their social media person delivered a burn so sick in re: the Wonder Woman screening that you could hear jaws drop all over the internet.
Are you sitting down? You should sit down:
Note that THEY TAGGED THE ENTOURAGE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT.
For a few years now, hardcore “Star Wars” have celebrated May 4 as Star Wars Day. It’s a pretty easy pun on “May the Force be with you,” even if “Star Wars” aka “Star Wars: A New Hope” actually debuted May 25, 1977.
According to the news release, “4th Tap will also be renaming their Zephyr served in the taproom to ‘The Iron Knight’ to represent the Light Side of the Force. A third taproom offering will be a ‘black and tan’ with The Fist of the Empire served over The Iron Knight. This special beer will be called ‘The Voss Mystic,’ as it represents the blended or balanced.” Got all that?
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul (2008 S. Congress Ave) is hosting its Second Annual May The 4th Be With Y’all Star Wars celebration from 5 p.m. to midnight. Kids will be welcome (with parent or guardian) from 5 to 8 p.m.; it will be 21 and older only from 8 p.m. to midnight. The celebration will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Look for the Baffles to perform surf rock versions of “Star Wars” music, local pin-up belly dancer Michelle Manx performs her Oola dance, Saber Guild-Jakku Temple will put on a light saber display, and Fan Force Austin will host a Star Wars trivia game. There will be nail art by Nails Y’all and sweet treats by PMS Bakery.
Beer lovers aren’t being left out, either. Friends & Allies Brewing is launching a new beer on the heels of its grand opening in East Austin: Protocol Droid, a Belgian golden ale with hibiscus and yerba mate. The sassy brew debuts at Banger’s, at 79 Rainey Street, Thursday evening with a Friends & Allies tap takeover that will have four of their other beers on draft. Come in wearing your “Star Wars” costume.
Over at the Windsor Park Branch of the Austin Public Library (5833 Westminster Drive) look for a kid-oriented Revenge of the Fifth celebration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 5 complete with a costume show, trivia contest, games, prizes, photo booth, button and bookmark crafts and snacks.
They’re not quite ready to announce an opening date – soon, though! – but the Alamo Drafthouse location planned for the Mueller development does have some news to pass along to anxious moviegovers.
The Austin-based chain says it aims to make the Mueller cineplex its most family friendly location to date. Helping lead the charge will be newly hired programming and promotions manager Katy Daiger Dial.
Dial comes from the Austin Film Society, where she was director of operations and, before that, community education manager. A University of Texas graduate, she’s also worked for the Texas Film Commission.
“Katy is the perfect addition to the Mueller team and this role specifically,” Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League said. “Her family and youth program experience and passion for film are exactly what we were looking for. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Katy join the Alamo Drafthouse team and help launch our new family and community flagship location in Austin.”
With numerous families living nearby, not to mention the Thinkery, Alamo Drafthouse has set out to make the Mueller theater “a hub for family, kids and youth programming” – and Dial says she’s up to the challenge.
“I have the most wonderful memories from Alamo Drafthouse events, and I’m excited that I’ll now be able to create those memories for the audience at the Mueller location,” she said. “Knowing that Alamo Drafthouse wants to have a focus on youth and families at the new Mueller location particularly drew me to the job. I love the idea of building programming that will create the next generation of film lovers and bring the tried and true Alamo Drafthouse spirit to Mueller and Austin’s east side.”
Look for more details soon on the sixth Alamo location in the Austin area – including that opening date.