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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Ritz

Indie Movie Theater and Movie Theater
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJanuary 17, 2013
    This historic theatre has lived a lot of lives (including an early 80s incarnation as a punk club), but since 2007, new releases, midnight movies, and arthouse fare have found a home here. Read more
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    The king of movie theaters! You can see the normal fare in style and comfort, but the real draw is the special shows like Weird Wednesday, where $3 lets you see obscure exploitation movie prints.
  • Maya .
    Maya 🐟August 7, 2014
    Get the ginger wasabi Bloody Mary (it's on the breakfast menu but they'll serve it any time) . One of the best bloodies you'll ever have.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 28, 2015
    LOVE this place! Quintessential Austin experience, definitely go early to watch the preroll, which is hilarious. Snag a beer and something that you won't spill on yourself in the dark :)
  • Larry L.
    Larry LaBurrJuly 6, 2015
    Definitely try the adult milkshakes, and the grilled cheese is phenomenal!! So crazy to see a movie while drinking this much but it WAS the magic mike XXL showing so...
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PresleySeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best movie theatre in town. Plus, if you do not like the movie, then you can drink your miseries away at a nearby bar. I recommend Casino El Camino or Jackelope.
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HueySeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The downtown Alamo location has great series such as Terror Tuesday, Weird Wednesday, and various retrospectives. Buy tickets in advance and get drinks rather than food.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 27, 2012
    Fun environment to sit back and watch a movie. Order one of their delicious Oreo milkshakes, it comes with candy coated sunflower seeds on top!
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have a hot date, spring and get the balcony seats. You're walked through the kitchen and projector room and are in big leather arm chairs.
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookSeptember 5, 2013
    If you've never been to an Alamo Drafthouse your movie viewing life is lacking. And if you've never done a quote or sing along you must go there now.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinNovember 30, 2015
    Had a great time going to an interactive Elf showing. Love that you can order drinks and food from your seats!
  • Do512
    Do512March 27, 2012
    Don't want to see the movies that are currently in theatres? This location has weekly series -- Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday. Buy your tickets in advance!
  • Trent R.
    Trent RyanDecember 30, 2014
    Great theater with awesome food. If you are looking for a theater without people on their cell phones and talking this is it.
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    Want to sing your hear out? Go to a Madonna Sing-Along. Want to laugh until you cry? Go to a Master Pancake showing of Robocop. Or just enjoy food & drinks during a "regular movie" - all great fun!
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiAugust 28, 2013
    As a Brit film fan, I am jealous of you lucky lucky Austinites. I wish my city Bristol (v Austin-like vibe) has a similar type of cinema chain. Thanks for a great showing of 'Withnail and I' though!
  • Jiesu L.
    Jiesu LeeAugust 29, 2016
    A smaller cozier Alamo on 6th street with a more limited selection of movies but otherwise the same amenities as other Alamo draft houses :)
  • Tuan L.
    Tuan LeAugust 14, 2013
    It's pretty nice! Their food are decent and could need a little fixing, but it's still a nice place. Their pizza are very good.
  • John B.
    John BoothAugust 15, 2016
    Cool cinema, get their a little early for the pre-showing related montage. Fried pickles are also very good.
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsNovember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Full menu, smaller more intimate theater setting. Still has the awesome vegan cauliflower wings
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 25, 2010
    The company began as a second-run movie theater, and distinguished itself by the food and drink service offered inside the theater, including cold beers.
  • Katy T.
    Katy ThompsonJanuary 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Honestly the spaghetti squash is a great healthy choice for non-vegans, too.
  • Jay C.
    Jay CorlissDecember 21, 2014
    Favorite place to kick back and see a movie! Food is a little expensive but it's good!
  • Christy L.
    Christy LatzJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Weird Wednesdays and Terror Tuesdays are always $1 @ the theatre ($2 online) if you're looking for a cheap movie night. :)
  • David S.
    David StrongFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    TERROR TUESDAY & WEIRD WEDNESDAY only three dollars American! Come early, come often!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 27, 2012
    Great place to catch a movie with friends, afterwards you can spend a little time at the bar scene on 6th!
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HeimbrockSeptember 22, 2012
    Try the crawfish! You won't be disappointed! Pair it with a cider!
  • Chris J.
    Chris JOctober 11, 2014
    Come in early to get settled in, silence your cell phone, but whatever you do, DO NOT TEXT!
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos MedinaDecember 21, 2014
    Always check out their deals on groupon! And their movie and food combos!
  • April B.
    April BennettOctober 26, 2014
    Movies and singalongs. Bottle of Pinot Grigio for a safe and cost effective choice!
  • Jeannette L.
    Jeannette L.March 22
    The Garlic Parmesan fries are tasty. Just give in and order some!
  • Jimmy
    JimmyJune 19, 2010
    Best movie theater in the WORLD. Hands down. No corporate nonsense just 100% badassness. Don't talk or they will take your ass out! Read more
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RafnerAugust 6, 2014
    When the cookie trio arrives part way through the first act and you start crying from sheer bliss. Yes. That.
  • Pasa M.
    Pasa MustafaMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this theatre so much. I would even watch a Tom hanks movie just to enjoy the experience.
  • Marion
    MarionApril 17, 2016
    I didn't know what Master Pancake was when I bought a ticket to their Jurassic Park showing, but I was pleasantly surprised!
  • Larry K.
    Larry KubalMarch 13, 2013
    Carnivore pizza is awesome -- shakes are delicious
  • Lety L.
    Lety LSeptember 4, 2012
    Do not sit on the back row couches...NOT COMFY! They're sinkholes...& if you are prone to back pain, you can expect it to flare
  • Y B.
    Y BJanuary 27, 2012
    Four Words: Pecan Porter Vanilla Milkshake. You won't be disappointed.
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Pearson - Always LearningFebruary 28, 2014
    Off the cuff movies & hits too. Enjoy drinks, food all while enjoying the flix
  • David S.
    David StephensNovember 19, 2014
    Perfect attitude. Perfect venue. I would love to have a location in Missouri.
  • Robert E.
    Robert ElsOctober 8, 2011
    Occasionally they will have an event for Texas Longhorn football. Just as much fun as being in the stadium!
  • Alia M.
    Alia McKeeJanuary 27, 2010
    Watch a movie, order a brew, and eat a pizza. A perfect evening out. Plus, they had a special pizza with duck and nuts - I know it sounds crazy - crazy GOOD. Read more
  • Scott D.
    Scott DickersonSeptember 12, 2010
    Balcony seats are worth the extra price. Look down on the commoners below and arrive late without fighting for a seat.
  • Anna W.
    Anna WeissDecember 12, 2014
    Great spot to catch a matinee. Check the Calendar first
  • janet s.
    janet shuMay 12, 2010
    the chocolate chip cookies with ice cream was delicious! every bite just melted in my mouth yum
  • Laura V.
    Laura VMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    get the fried pickles. get the chocolate chips. then enjoy!
  • Katie O.
    Katie OwenDecember 21, 2014
    The Irish adult milkshake was amazing!
  • Anna
    AnnaMarch 22, 2010
    So many awesome events, try Terror Tuesday for a $1 or Master Pancake ala Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalJune 27, 2015
    This is my favorite Alamo. You get that old school feel. It's the best...
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TiensivuJune 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Two things I thought I would never say in 2012: Poltergeist is sold out at the theatre. ET will be in 35mm.
  • Robert R.
    Robert ReizOctober 29, 2011
    This is jus great. Eat pizza, drink beer and watch a movie :-)
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TiensivuJune 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Popcorn in metal bowls is pretty metal. \w/ and with butter.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer ThomasOctober 7, 2015
    Brussel sprout pizza and Master Pancake performances
  • Emmy A.
    Emmy AndersonMarch 10, 2010
    Puerco guisada with a Live Oak Big Bark, plus cartoons/clips/blasts from the past instead of pre-show ads. That's how you watch a movie.
  • Glenda M.
    Glenda McKinneyDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Specials are always fun!
  • Jorge N.
    Jorge NoguerasFebruary 22, 2011
    The Raging Bull pizza is really tasty if you're a meat-lover!
  • Chulses M.
    Chulses MacSmithOctober 28, 2012
    ONE terminal?? Seriously?? You guys make enough money to get 2 more! And why aren't online printouts good enough? This is very disappointing. 40 minutes standing in line leaves a very bad impression.
  • Do512
    Do512May 31, 2011
    Win tix to tons of shows at Alamo Drafthouse from Do512. Visit http://do512.com/alamodrafthouse to enter to win
  • Brad E.
    Brad E.June 7, 2011
    Watch their hilarious and strict "No Texting PSA" here: http://cf.drafthouse.com/she_texted_we_kicked_her_out2.html
  • Motts D.
    Motts DemerlJune 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Kick Ass Sandwich is actually Kick Ass....and that's coming from a meat eater! Trrrry It!
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen McFarlinMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    it it's too early to start drinking beer, go for a root bear float - Maine root and Amy's mexican vanilla - YUM!
  • David S.
    David StrongApril 22, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Get tickets online for a modest fee and save yourself from a sell-out. Read more
  • Marvin M.
    Marvin McTawApril 15, 2012
    Reserve your seat before arriving. Small theater.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyJuly 1, 2011
    Make sure to get here an hour early to get good seats for sing-a-longs!
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TurnerSeptember 8, 2015
    The only way I want to watch movies from now on.
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MccurryJune 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the 512 pecan porter milkshake. It's as good as it sounds.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MclaughlinApril 6, 2014
    This theatre is as unique as Austin is.
  • Joshua K.
    Joshua KerrApril 24, 2010
    Sit in the reclining leather balcony chairs. Costs extra, but oh so good!
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer T.September 16, 2016
    Go see a Master Pancake show!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HuntsmanJanuary 20, 2013
    Don't be late and no talking. They will seriously kick your ass out!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KagaSeptember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Sitting in the balcony is the ONLY way to experience a sing-a-long ! ;)
  • James G.
    James GaskinMarch 29, 2014
    Mystery Pancake. Mystery Pancake.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ChouFebruary 6, 2010
    Master Pancake Theater. Get there early; it's always packed.
  • Cori S.
    Cori ShiflettJune 19, 2014
    Parking is a TERROR! Be prepared to fight traffic on one way streets.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WestwoodMarch 21, 2012
    Beers and a movie, yes please!
  • Shane S.
    Shane ScottFebruary 12, 2010
    I wanna go see SUPER HAPPY FUN MONKEY BASH! Hilarious mash-ups of Japanese TV. Absurd, zany, and side-splitting!
  • Colleen H.
    Colleen HansonJanuary 11, 2012
    This is my most favorite place EVER!
  • Robert S.
    Robert SheldonAugust 28, 2011
    Get in line early to get the perfect seats
  • Jonah
    JonahFebruary 24, 2010
    Go to Alamo Drafthouse and see a movie. Try the Constant Gardener sandwich
  • Beth K.
    Beth KraussFebruary 12, 2010
    Hit up the sing-a-longs or Master Pancake Theatre. It's the most fun you've had at the movies... ever. Read more
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HayesJanuary 27, 2010
    Go to Weird Wednesday. It's free to get in and if you want get a beer and some great food.
  • Luke
    LukeJune 19, 2016
    An essential modern movie palace
  • Summer B.
    Summer BurtonMay 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat the cookies. They are the best thing on the menu.
  • Lynn E.
    Lynn EllisonFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the fried pickles! Trust me - they're yummy.
  • Andrew F.
    Balcony seating wins
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChapmanOctober 17, 2010
    if you're a ninja you get free pie!
  • Alison
    AlisonNovember 23, 2014
    Go to a master pancake show
  • miachel p.
    miachel pruettApril 14, 2011
    Weird Wednesday. The thing to do @midnight on a weekday.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MertzDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    PECAN PORTER MILKSHAKE
  • Raychl C.
    Raychl CJanuary 2, 2015
    Fried pickles and sing alongs
  • Holly J.
    Holly JeeJanuary 4, 2015
    NIC CAGE-A-THON!
  • Tani Y.
    Tani YeeMarch 4, 2015
    fried pickles
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MoreiraSeptember 8, 2011
    A film experience.
  • Debbie M.
    Debbie McMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheese fries are the best!
  • George A.
    George AdamoMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The only place I go in Austin!
  • Amy D.
    Amy DeLayMarch 26, 2010
    Get there early and have a beer before the movie
  • Dan M.
    Dan MateerOctober 6, 2011
    Davy Crockett fought and died here for your right to party.
  • Jaume E.
    Jaume EsteveOctober 6, 2010
    Greatest. Cinema. EVER.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MentzerDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't see a film anywhere else. The Drafthouse has spoiled me.
  • Steve F.
    Steve F.March 10, 2011
    Have a Heineken and kick back.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KOctober 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the Drafthouse for Music Monday, be ready for a loud music movie for $2
  • VJ_VirinZy M.
    VJ_VirinZy MusicStyleMarch 13, 2012
    เรื่อยๆ มาเรียงๆ ขอแปลงร่างเป็นจั๊มเปอร์สักพักเที่ยวก่อน ประเดี๋ยวค่อยกลับเมืองไทย ^^
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