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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Announces "Alamo Time Capsules" Yearlong Retrospective Programming Series

Step into a cinematic time machine as Alamo takes you on a nostalgic journey with their Alamo Time Capsules programming series, featuring a curated selection of 150 classic films. From the vibrant 90s to the iconic 80s and the groovy 70s, each week will be a throwback to an era of timeless cinema. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema proudly showcases its impressive film catalog, inviting you to relive the magic of your favorite movies. Dive into the details released today and anticipate the arrival of your cherished films at an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema near you!

Beginning Friday, January 5th, each of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s forty locations from coast to coast will begin unearthing the first set of Alamo Time Capsules, a yearlong trek back through time that revisits both beloved blockbusters and forgotten favorites spanning six landmark cinema years – 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, and 1974. The retrospective – the largest and most comprehensive in the company’s history – runs throughout 2024, and will include nearly 150 different selections.

The new series begins in the year 1999 with this week’s films, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, THE IRON GIANT, and RUN LOLA RUN. Time Capsule 1999 runs through the end of February, and tickets are available now at

Title collections will span six to eight weeks and, rather than act as a “top ten list” of films, instead will tell their part of the story of that year in cinema, culture, and history. Upcoming Time Capsule collections will include special merchandise, custom Alamo Drafthouse menus, and special events.


“My first job was making popcorn and tearing tickets at a second run movie theater in 1999, and I was lucky enough to get to see everything from that wild year of cinema, from BLAIR WITCH to MAGNOLIA to SHE’S ALL THAT again and again and again,” says John Smith, Senior Film Programmer. “Twenty-five years later, I’m proud that the Alamo Drafthouse team is able to bring these films back to the big screen to share with new generations all over the country.”


Distribution partners for Alamo Time Capsules include the American Genre Film Archive, Janus Films, Kino Lorber, Lionsgate, Paramount, Park Circus, Rialto Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Repertory, and Warner Bros. Classics.

“With all of the tireless work put into restoring and unearthing all types of cinema, it’s vital for us, and to film culture as a whole, to exhibit them,” says Alamo Drafthouse programmer Jake Isgar.


Alamo Time Capsules was developed by programmers John Smith, Jake Isgar, and Jenny Nulf from the company’s Alternative Content department. Alternative Content represented approximately 12% of Alamo Drafthouse’s box office revenue in Q4 2023 thanks to a sustained focus on national re-releases of OLDBOY and STOP MAKING SENSE (re-released by NEON and A24, respectively), a comprehensive Stanley Kubrick retrospective, and record numbers on holiday programming like ELF and NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION.


Though it will last the full year, Alamo Time Capsules is only a portion of the company’s repertory programming plans for the year. January and February’s lineup includes the company’s annual “XOXO, Alamo” Valentine’s Day programming block, as well as THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, interactive Movie Party screenings of CLUELESS and THE GOONIES, and four essential films by one of cinema’s greatest performers, Denzel Washington.

Time Capsule 1999

This January and February. Tickets on sale now at


A landmark year that saw a new generation of filmmakers challenge conventional storytelling and remind audiences and Hollywood that artistically ambitious films could also be commercially successful.

Narratively rich and structurally innovative filmmaker-driven visions…

●     Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s mind-melter BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

●     Tom Tykwer’s relentless fever dream RUN LOLA RUN

●     Brad Bird’s directorial debut, the eternal animated classic THE IRON GIANT

●     Jim Jarmusch’s unique fusion of urban drama and samurai philosophy, GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI

●     Paul Thomas Anderson’s Los Angeles-based tale of fathers and frogs, MAGNOLIA, screening exclusively in 35mm at select locations


Genre-shattering blockbusters that changed filmmaking forever…

●     Lana and Lily Wachowski’s epic THE MATRIX, with all three follow-ups screening at select locations

●     Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick’s found footage innovator THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

●     Takashi Miike unflinching portrayal of psychological terror, AUDITION


Heartfelt rom-coms that powered endless sleepovers…

●     Malcolm D. Lee’s THE BEST MAN, the compelling ensemble film that offers a nuanced look at relationships, loyalty, and life's unexpected turns

●     NOTTING HILL, the timeless exploration of love, vulnerability, and chance encounters that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide

●     Garry Marshall, Julia Roberts, and Richard Gere’s humorous and heartfelt PRETTY WOMAN reunion RUNAWAY BRIDE, capturing the complexities of relationships and fear of commitment

The absolute height of teen films…

●     The deliriously funny and impossibly raunchy sex comedy AMERICAN PIE

●     The apex of teen rom-coms (thanks to a script polish by M. Night Shyamalan), SHE’S ALL THAT

●     Reese Witherspoon’s one-two punch of star-making turns in Alexander Payne’s droll satire ELECTION and the delightfully evil remix of “Les Liaisons dangereuses”, CRUEL INTENTIONS

●      A cult classic that reimagines the teen dramedy with a dark, queer-centric twist, JAWBREAKER

Time Capsule 1994

March and April. Titles to be announced and tickets on sale in early February.

The culturally-redefining cine-blasts of PULP FICTION and CLERKS anchor a year of subversion and spectacle. This package explores indie breakthroughs, sublime Hollywood hits, and wild genre adventures that hit at the crest of the Gen X wave. Watch for a special menu themed after the films of 1999 and a collectible pint glass available only at Alamo Drafthouse locations.


Time Capsule 1989

May and June. Titles to be announced this April.

Led by Spike Lee’s epochal DO THE RIGHT THING and the towering pop achievement of BATMAN, 1989 marks an incendiary year in international cinema. Expect landmark works by Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Pedro Almodóvar, and Shinya Tsukamoto mixed with the throat-ripping good time of ROAD HOUSE, UHF, and TEEN WITCH.


Time Capsule 1984

July and August. Titles to be announced this June.

At the cultural height of the go-go ‘80s, we have a hyperreal mix of pop confections, headlined by Prince’s PURPLE RAIN and the high fantasy adventure of THE NEVERENDING STORY. As our friend Buckaroo Banzai once said, “Wherever you go, there you are.”


Time Capsule 1979

September through November. Titles to be announced this August.

A year of jerks, muppets, and warriors. Come out and play with epics like Francis Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW, Michael Cimino’s THE DEER HUNTER, and Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER, or early transmissions from David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog, and Hayao Miyazaki.


Time Capsule 1974

October through December. Titles to be announced this September.

We close out our program with the peak of the ‘70s New Hollywood, featuring the one-two punch of Francis Coppola’s THE GODFATHER PART II and THE CONVERSATION, John Waters’ trashterpiece FEMALE TROUBLE, and Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Along with early works by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, we’ll highlight triumphs from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lina Wertmüller, and John Cassavetes.

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