The Alamo Drafthouse, and More Celebrate 1982, the Greatest Summer of Movies Ever

The Alamo Drafthouse, and More Celebrate 1982, the Greatest Summer of Movies Ever

Mar 02, 2012

Make fun of the clothes, the style, or the trends if you must, but you cannot argue that movies weren't just plain awesome in the '80s. And to that end, there was no better stretch for movies in the '80s than the Summer of 1982. If only we could slide back in time to those few months and see everything from Conan to E.T. to The Thing on the big screen again. What's that you say, Alamo Drafthouse? We can?! Oh, how we love you.

This Summer, The Alamo Drafthouse will be re-creating weekend-for-weekend the legendary release schedule of the Summer of 1982. In order, starting May 11th, they'll be screening 35mm prints of Conan The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T., The Thing, Tron, and (availability pending) Blade Runner. But wait, that's not all!

In addition to simply playing these classics, the Drafthouse is also tracking down all of the original trailers that would have played with these films 30 years ago. And, as if that wasn't the cherry on top of a Summer of cherries, The Drafthouse is also cooking up special guests and brand new Mondo posters. But wait, that's not all!

To help pull off this incredible cinematic time machine, the Drafthouse has enlisted eight film sites to help collaborate on the event, with each site co-hosting a screening. For our part, as it gets closer to June 22nd, will be thrilled to bring you the scoop on John Carpenter's The Thing in a variety of ways, including interviews, giveaways and more. To find out who is hosting each of the other films in the series, as well as info about ticketing, just head to the Drafthouse's shiny new Summer of 1982 page.

But wait, that's not all! The Drafthouse has also cut together a trailer for the epic undertaking. Warning, fist pumping is a guaranteed side-effect.

Note: Poster by Luther Himes, Trailer by Tommy Swenson.

Austin, TX--- Friday, March 2, 2012--- 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 ROAD 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, Hit Fix, 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 25 - ROCKY III



June 8 - E.T.

June 22 - THE THING


July 6 – TRON

*Note, the Alamo programming team is working hard to schedule the sci-fi opus BLADE RUNNER. Watch for updates via @drafthouse and  

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