While every eatery in central Texas, and many of its moviehouses, are featuring special events for Valentine's Day, Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the world-reknowned movie house/eatery, offers several unique options. Here are the Alamo's special Valentine's screenings on Thursday February 14th:
Food & Film: "It Happened One Night" (1934) Valentine's Feast at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Boulevard in Northwest Austin. From Drafthouse.com: "The comedies of the '30s and '40s are filled with runaway heiresses and the rambunctious cads that fall in love with them, but few manage to capture the sparkling chemistry achieved in this Oscar-winning Claudette Colbert/Clark Gable production...The film harkens back to an era of wit, charm and unfettered entertainment, made all the more perfect by a multi-course feast prepared for you and your main squeeze."
Food & Film: "Before Sunrise" (1995) Valentine's Feast at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 West Slaughter Lane in Austin. "Richard Linklater’s simple and beautiful tale of two travelers who decide to make an unexpected night in Vienna together one they will never forget...'Before Sunrise' is a perfect film to share with the one you love... made even better as you enjoy it with an array of delicious courses inspired by the film."
Action Pack Sing-Along: "Moulin Rouge" (2001) at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, featuring a special pre-show Can Can contest. "If you’re a true romantic, you already know the story: Christian (Ewan McGregor) moves to Paris to pursue a Bohemian lifestyle and then of course falls into a doomed love affair with Satine (Nicole Kidman), the most beautiful girl at the Moulin Rouge. But until you've seen the movie and sung the songs and learned that lesson in a movie theater with 200 other heart-swept people, you'll never really know what it's like to be in love. Your heart will swell! Your lungs will burst! Your brain will explode with rainbows!"
Bangarang! presents "True Romance" (1993) at 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 West Anderson Lane in Austin. "Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead?...'Nine-camera' Tony Scott directs from a (pre-"Pulp Fiction') Quentin Tarantino script to create one of the most indelible '90s masterpieces. It's got the voice of a generation as Christian Slater leads an all-star cast including Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Bronson Pinchot, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, and Samuel L. Jackson."
Master Pancake presents "Casablanca" (1942) at 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. "See the hecklers of Master Pancake point out the movie's shoddy production values (what happened to the color?) and glaring homoerotic subtexts ("the beginning of a beautiful friendship?" Get a room!). You won't want to miss this rare event: never before or again will Master Pancake mock a movie featuring both Peter Lorre AND Sydney Greenstreet."
Action Pack Sing-Along "Love Bites" at 10 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane and Lake Creek, featuring a special pre-show air guitar competition. "It's a fact: there is no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by singing and pumping your fist in the air to a soul shaking collection of both pro-love and love sucks power ballad music video hits from the '80s and '90s from the likes of Journey, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Seal, The Bangles, Def Leppard, Night Ranger, Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler, Poison, Cyndi Lauper, Guns N' Roses, and lots more!...We'll hold lighters in the air and sway, we'll pound our fists at the sky in defiance of those who would dare not love us, and we'll do it all with teased hair and animal print tights on. It's the perfect dinner date or post-dinner date or even no date activity!"
"Four Play: Four Tales of Sexual Intimacy" (2012) at 10:25 at Alamo Drafthouse Village, featuring Q&A with director Kyle Henry. A feature anthology of short tales of sexual intimacy set in four American cities: Austin, San Francisco, Tampa, and Skokie, Illinois.