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Alamo Drafthouse Goes Old School for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Showings

Alamo Drafthouse, easily the best chain of movie theaters in the country, has long been a superb place to see both new releases and repertory films. With the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, audiences are getting the best of both.

The 9th feature from the Oscar-winning filmmaker will feature 35mm prints at 19 Drafthouses across the country and one 70mm print at the New Mission location in San Francisco. This is the widest celluloid rollout for a new release Alamo has ever done. Each screening will feature vintage 35mm trailers from the American Genre Film Archive, which regularly hosts screenings of super-weird film prints at local Drafthouses.

As a tribute to Brad Pitt's stuntman character in the film, late July and August will feature nine titles that feature some jaw-dropping stunt work in a series they're calling Don't Try This at Home. From the early days of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. to more recent insanity like Dredd and Mad Max: Fury Road, there's plenty to enjoy. But most importantly, they're showing Richard Rush's The Stunt Man, featuring an all-timer performance from Peter O'Toole. That's one you don't want to miss.

Audiences can also pick up a commemorative issue of their publication Birth.Movies.Death and will have the opportunity to donate to the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, which provides assistance to movie veterans in need.

Tickets are on sale now, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens Friday, July 26.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.