Cruise, 'Jedi' star in Alamo's 'Summer of 1983' series
05:00 AM, May 03, 2013
This summer, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is partying like it’s 1983.
A follow-up to last year’s “Summer of 1982” special event, Alamo theaters around the country will be participating in the “Summer of 1983” film series celebrating a slate of pop-culture touchstones turning 30 years old this year.
The list is an impressive one. There are popcorn flicks like the James Bond film Octopussy, Jaws 3-D and WarGames, the classic comedies National Lampoon’s Vacation, Trading Places and Screwballs, Tom Cruise’s breakthrough Risky Business, the Al Pacino gangster movie Scarface and the B-movies The Deadly Spawn and The Killing of Satan.
“Summer of 1983” kicks off with a special one-night-only screening of the biggest movie of the year, Return of the Jedi, at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane in Austin on the 30th anniversary date, May 25. It marks the first time since 1997 that George Lucas’ third Star Wars film has been on a movie screen, and Alamo is planning a fitting celebration: There will be no reserved seating so as to bring back the old-school approach of waiting in line for the best seats, and there will be food and various Star Wars activities through the day including a costume contest.
Tickets go on sale today for Return of the Jedi follow the Alamo Drafthouse Twitter feed for the exact on-sale time.
The rest of the “Summer of 1983” movies will go on sale two weeks before each screening date, and will be at each of the Alamo markets: Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Kansas City and the two Virginia theaters in Ashburn and Winchester.
For film schedules, tickets and more information, visit the Alamo’s “Summer of 1983” website.