Have you or anyone you know been guilty of cinematic addiction? Some people have watched a movie so many times they have memorized the lines.
In an effort to combat this obsession with dialogue head on, the Alamo Drafthouse established monthly movie quote-along events.
Much like a sing-along, a quote-along is when the famous lines from a classic or cult film are displayed as subtitles for everyone in the audience to “quote” along to. With the help of the staff, every quote-along and special movie event creates its own special environment, specific to the movie itself.
This past February, the Alamo Drafthouse screened the 2001 cult comedy “Super Troopers” throughout the month. As patrons walked in, the Drafthouse crew handed out fake mustaches for everyone to wear inside the theater.
A few minutes after we sat down, another crew member walked around handing out blue and red glow sticks with bits of string to tie them together. Headlights were swinging above our heads whenever the Vermont State Patrol hit their sirens before a game of “repeat” or “cat game.” Before the movie even started, a couple of moviegoers got to face off in a syrup-chugging competition, which we were assured was really iced tea.
In March, I attended the screening of 1995’s classic teen comedy, “Clueless.” Attendees wore boas, and couples shared margaritas and appetizers as they waited for the movie to start.
Everyone got into the nostalgic spirit as the rampant “whatevers” and “as ifs” reminded the audience of why this movie was so crucial to adolescent development in the late 1990s.
On March 27, I went to my favorite quote-along to date. The Alamo Drafthouse screened Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 violent epic, “Pulp Fiction,” at their Park North location.
I completely underestimated the drawing power of this event as the 7:30 p.m. viewing was sold out by the time I tried to buy a ticket. Luckily, seats for the 10:00 p.m. show were still available. The Drafthouse crew handed out cap guns before the movie began, letting everyone perform their own rendition of “Ezekiel 25:17.”
The crowd was also entertained with a twist competition as 5 Dollar Shakes and Big Kahuna Burgers were ordered all around.
The month of April appears to have the cure for the common film addict with more quote-alongs and special events. Visit www.drafthouse .com to look up show times for the “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Princess Bride” quote-alongs and other special events including a sneak preview of the indie film, “Austin High.”