Alamo Drafthouse Celebrates The 30th Anniversary of The Greatest Summer of Movies…Ever!

Alamo Drafthouse is recreating the “Summer of 1982” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the greatest summer of movies… ever!  From May through July, the theater will replicate 1982’s earth-shaking release schedule, screening eight of the biggest genre classics on the same weekends they were released exactly 30 years ago.  These gargantuas include Conan The Barbarian, The Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T., The Thing and Tron, all presented in 35mm.

As you can see, the “Summer of 1982” was an unprecedented super-tornado of Hollywood magic, mixing high adventure with interstellar impossibilities and unthinkable horrors. A generation of imaginations were set aflame, and there has never been another stretch of cinematic dynamite to match it. These movies endured beyond their opening weekend and decades later the releases throughout the “Summer of 1982” are forever tattooed on the hearts of movie fans across the globe.

Alamo Drafthouse is excited to partner with eight film sites on “Summer of 1982”, working collaboratively to honor this very special (and relentlessly fun) chapter in movie history.  The editors and writers of these sites all cite this summer as being formative to their movie geekdom. Ain’t It Cool News, Badass Digest, Collider, Film School Rejects, First Showing, HitFix, Movies & Slashfilm will each co-host their own “Summer of 1982” movie.

The programmers are currently scheming additional ways to turn back the clock to 1982 at the Alamo, including lining up all of the 35mm trailers that originally played with each film on their opening weekend! There will be fun ballyhoo, special guests and stunning new Mondo posters for select films.

Alamo Drafhouse will celebrate the “Summer of 1982” in all markets across Texas and Winchester, VA.  The following schedule is set at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin. Stay tuned for news from other Alamo theaters on their schedule.

May 11 – Conan The Barbarian

May 18 – The Road Warrior

May 25 – Rocky III

June 1 – Poltergeist

June 3 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

June 8 – E.T.

June 22 – The Thing

TBA – Blade Runner

July 6 – Tron

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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