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The Greatest Movie Chain Looks at the Greatest Summer of Movies

By Seth Freilich | Industry | March 5, 2012 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | March 5, 2012 |

In just a few days, I’ll be packing my bags and heading to Texas to give you lovelies some South by Southwest coverage (the Pajiba coverage is gonna be a bit sparse compared to years past, as most of our writers keep getting, or making their significant others, impregnated, but at least we’re not banned, so we’ve got that goin’ for us, which is nice). As I’ve started putting my schedule together, I’ve realized there’s the potential to see quite a few good-if-not-great flicks in the coming days which is exciting, of course. But truth be told, there are two things that I’m more psyched about at the moment.

One is that I am finally going to get myself a new pair of cowboy boots (my last pair have been mysteriously missing for two years … how a pair of boots just flat-out go missing is a mystery I have given up trying to solve). But more importantly, I’m going to get to spend a lot time in the greatest of theaters, the storied Alamo Drafthouse. You’ve heard us preen about these theaters many times over, and you hear about the Drafthouse in just about every other article discussing the film portion of South By.

And there’s good reason for this — the lovely food and booze aspect aside, these folks just get it. Check this shit out — while 1999 is inarguably the best year of movies ever (see Dan Carlson’s excellent series for some illumination on this point), the Alamo folks figured out that 1982 may just have been the best summer for movies. So 30 years later, they’re planning to screen a whole bunch of these flicks. Here’s the lineup: Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek: The Wrath of KHAAAAAAAAAN, E.T., The Thing, Blade Runner, Tron.

I mean, holy fuck, right? Dig on this trailer they put together:

Like I said, the guys who run this chain get it. They’re awesome. There’s a theater about a mile from me that recently closed and is currently under construction. There’s a banner out front advertising a new/exciting moviegoing experience. I know the Drafthouse wants an LA location and if this is going to become a Drafthouse, my life is about to improve significantly.

The only thing that sucks about the Drafthouse is that they haven’t figured out that they should love Pajiba. If you look at their website for this series, you’ll see that each flick is being co-hosted by a prominent movie site. Where’s the Pajiba love? Here’s my proposition, Tim League (owner/founder) — there’s a prominent 1982 summer movie missing from your screening series. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, co-hosted by Pajiba. That just sounds right, don’t it? Let’s make this shit happen.

(Hat-tip: Film School Rejects)

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Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.