Albert and I went to Alamo Drafthouse in Houston a few weeks ago, and were blown away by our experience. Anyone who knows him, knows that he is a connoisseur of all things film, so it would only be right that he write the review. Here he is :)!
(Disclaimer: All opinions in this post are mine and mine alone. I did receive compensation for this post from Alamo Drafthouse, but all opinions are my own.)
The experience at the Alamo Drafthouse is so well thought out from start to finish. One of coolest, more unique things they do is a customized pre-show related to each feature presentation. They begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the film, and do NOT include any advertisements. Luckily we arrived to our screening of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation early enough to catch a parody reel where Ben Stiller was acting as Tom Cruise’s stunt man for the Mission: Impossible franchise. There were some pretty good laughs involved. They also have event nights that seem to be very frequent, they consist of screenings of old cult classics, “Quote-Alongs”, and something called “HeckleVision” where guests are invited to mock the film by texting comments that show up on the screen. No one does this stuff.
While the dine-in concept has been increasing in popularity, the food usually leaves something to be desired. I am a popcorn person anyway, so as long as I can have a beer with it, I’m typically happy. The food at the Alamo Drafthouse however is quite wonderful. The first thing that jumped off the page when I opened the menu was the Hatch Green Chile Burger. I am a Hatch green chile fanatic, and August is the one month out of the year where we get those delicious peppers fresh from Hatch, NM. So this being the month of August, I could only assume that I would have fresh green chiles on my burger, and I was right! The burger was also topped with queso, tortilla strips, and Dijon mustard, which is about as Texas as it gets. Needless to say, it was delicious. Lizzy ordered a Caesar Wrap, which she added grilled chicken to. I got to sneak a bite in, and thought it was pretty good too. We also ordered Fries with Parmesan and Aioli, and the Bottomless Popcorn. As a popcorn lover, I have to say this stuff is fantastic! They use REAL clarified butter, which really makes all the difference in the world. The popcorn is also served in a stainless steel bowl, which makes me feel at home for some reason.