What's On in Austin: June 1st-7th
Austin, Texas. It’s home to world-famous barbecue, beer, and a film scene like no other. It’s such a wonderful place some of our own writers call it home. Here we take a look at what's playing in Austin at the numerous theaters, drive-ins, and special screenings this city has to offer.
This week at the Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar
Arguably one of the best places to see a movie in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar boasts an eclectic mix of new releases and specialty screenings, on top of numerous events on a weekly basis. Check out their full schedule here.
Jackass Triple Feature (2002-2010)
Sunday, June 3 at 12:00PM
For the release of Action Point this weekend, featuring Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius engaging in more inventive stunts, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will screen all 3 Jackass films (Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, and Jackass 3-D). Call them rude and immature, but the series offers a certain kind of visceral thrill that directly engage with audiences and their sense of innate pleasure, in seeing gag after gag of bodily harm. The event will also feature a special themed menu, contests for attendees, and more surprises, making for a depraved, demented, and dangerous afternoon.
This week at Community Cinema
The Community Cinema provides free screenings year round at the Community First! Village. A full list of their upcoming screenings can be found here.
The Lion King (1994)
Friday, June 1 at 7:00PM (FREE!)
Community Cinema screens the 1994 animated classic, soon to be remade by Disney in a live-action/CGI hybrid. There’s a timeless quality to The Lion King and how it remains one of the Mouse House’s defining animated features, from the powerhouse “Circle of Life” opening sequence and the dark, yet uplifting path the narrative takes us on. Sure to be enjoyed by families for years to come, it should make for a great outdoor summer screening.
This week at Violet Crown
Violet Crown is Austin's premiere arthouse cinema, screening a wide range of recent American and international indies, and playing classics as well. Their full schedule can be found here.
Pierrot le fou (1965)
Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00PM
Coming in at the tail-end of Jean-Luc Godard’s breakthrough period, which saw him direct ten films in six years, this crime odyssey starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina as a man and woman on the run, he from his monotonous life and her from a group of dangerous hitmen. As they make their way to the Mediterranean Sea, their sense of adoration and charisma makes them a perfect match, Godard himself referring to them as “the last romantic couple”. This special screening is presented as part of Violet Crown’s Arthouse Monthly series, and it is surely one of the defining films of the French New Wave.
This week at AFS Cinema
North of the Colorado River, Austin Film Society’s two-screen theater plays new documentaries, independents, restorations and more. The theater also includes a full bar and cafe. Check out their full schedule and more here.
Out of the Past (1947)
Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM
Kicking off AFS Cinema’s Noir Canon series, and the theater’s one year anniversary, Austin Film Society presents Out of the Past in 35mm. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, and Rhona Flemming. Watch the Trailer here.
This week at Blue Starlite Drive-in
This “Mini Urban Drive-in” east of UT Austin plays everything, from recent blockbusters to childhood favorites. Guests can either purchase General Admission tickets or one of 35 car slots per showing. There is also a concession stand with classic fare and more! Check out their complete schedule here.
Black Panther - Soda Pop Social
Friday, June 1 at 8:40 PM and Saturday, June 2 at 11:30 PM
Watch this year’s giant blockbuster hit from your car! Enjoy Black Panther on the big screen, from the comfort of your car. Since this is a Soda Pop Social: buy a soda pop voucher and admission is free! Your voucher is also good for a soda, coffee, snow cone, or water at the Concession Stand.
This week at the Paramount Theatre
Located in off of Congress Avenue in Downtown Austin, the historic Paramount Theatre is over a century old and hosts numerous events throughout the year, from the performing arts to film screenings. Every summer, the Paramount puts on their Summer Classic Film Series, from late May to the beginning of September.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 PM
Continuing Paramount Theatre’s Summer Classic Film Series, and part of the Family Film Festival, The Wizard of Oz will be presented in 35mm this week. Follow Dorothy through the Oz, directed by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, and Margaret Hamilton.
Also playing at the Paramount Theatre: Apocalypse Now (6/2), Back to the Future (6/30, Planet of the Apes (6/3), The Man Who Fell to Earth (6/4), Labyrinth (6/5), The Hunger (6/5), and Sharp Objects (6/7).