After a few years of uncertainty
, the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
will have its big official do-or-die launch on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens
. A week before, on Dec. 10, both the legitimate press and SF Weekly
were taken on a tour. Short version: It looks neat!
Renovations are still underway, and kinda like the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi
, chunks will be missing when it opens next week. Only one of the five screens will be operational, but it's the one that matters the most: Theater 1, which is capable of destroying entire planets — that is to say, to show The Force Awakens.
Alhough it's an old-school movie palace along the lines of the Castro, the seating is not quite as abundant; there are only 326 seats in Theater 1, but they're super-comfy, and of course, have adjacent tables for all your drinking and dining needs, including but not limited to their award-winning milkshakes
Something that may be jarring for modern movie audiences accustomed to multiplexes is the lack of stadium seating, and the fact that the screen is, like, above
you. This is the approximate view from the where Roger Ebert would have sat
As for this particular Death Star's superlaser, it takes the form of the first high-brightness Sony SRX-R515DS dual 4K projection system
to be installed in the United States.
Sadly, we did not get to see the projector in action other than the test pattern, but it was a very crisp test pattern when you got up close.
And we did get to see the curtain closing. Hey, there's a curtain!
There are more tickets left for The Force Awakens
at the Alamo Drafthouse than you might have been lead to believe – even on Christmas Eve!
– and the very first movie being shown is a soft-launch of Straight Outta Compton at 8pm on Saturday, December 11
, so check it out.