The Alamo Drafthouse, Austin’s theater du jour, has announced the initial lineup for their third annual Rolling Roadshow. The gist is pretty cool.They take classic movies and show them in the iconic location featured in the movie. So for example, in past years they showed The Goonies in Astoria, OR. And Close Encounters of a Third Kind at Devil Rock, Field of Dreams at the Iowa baseball field, et cetera, et cetera.
Pretty awesome, eh? The whole thing is done caravan style, travelling 9,000 miles in 28 days, showing 11 movies all in their original 35 mm print. It’s like the greatest drive in movie theater experience ever conceived.? Harry over at AICN will be doing write ups for folks who can’t make it to any of the movies.
This year’s lineup:
- Fandango in San Elizario, Texas: Wed, July 18
- Friday in South Central Los Angeles, CA: Fri, July 20
- Lost Boys in Santa Cruz, CA: Wed, July 25
- Stand By Me in Brownsville, Oregon: Sat, July 28
- North By Northwest at Mt. Rushmore, SD: Tues, July 31
- Goldfinger at Fort Knox: Fri, August 3
- A Christmas Story in Cleveland, OH: Sun, August 5
- John Waters Marathon in Baltimore, MD: Fri, August 10
- Deliverance on the Chattooga River, GA: Sun, August 12
- Burt-athon in Atlanta, GA: Tues, August 14
- Smokey and the Bandit in Texarkana, AK: Wed, August 15
For our money, we’d try to make it for Goldfinger, Smokey and the Bandit, and Stand By Me. Unfortunately we’re still to scared of getting butt raped to see Deliverance and even worse we don’t think white people are allowed in South Central. Just kidding. Wouldn’t it be great to great blunted and drink 40 oz. during Friday?
“The Rolling Roadshow Tour is not simply a series of outdoor movie screenings,” says Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder Tim League. “The tour is the culmination of everything we have worked towards at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: fantastic Cinema happenings with celebrity guests, wacky tie-ins, contests, scavenger hunts and the thrill of watching your favorite movies in the exact locations in which they were filmed.”
“I am tremendously excited to be a part of the [Roadshow] experience,” says Chuck Dorman, star of the opening film of the tour, Fandango. “I think fan support for this event is going to be unusually high so I’m going to do everything I can to help make it an extremely memorable occasion.”
“Tell your boss now that you’re feeling like you might be under the weather July 18 through August 15,” says Roadshow co-founder Karrie League, “because we want to see you out with us on the 2007 Rolling Roadshow Tour caravan!”