Watch: Tim League on How a Post-Concert Murder Lead to the Opening of the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater

Watch: Tim League on How a Post-Concert Murder Lead to the Opening of the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater

Feb 16, 2012

We talk a lot about the Alamo Drafthouse theater here at, not just because many of our writers live and work around Alamo Drafthouse theaters, but because we feel it truly represents everything that's great about going to the movies. And in an age where content is becoming a lot more accessible through things like our phones and computers, the existence of places like the Alamo Drafthouse is important so that the moviegoing experience continues to thrive. The Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by a number of sources (including CNN and Fandango), and its founder, Tim League, is usually more than willing to talk about how he went from working for Shell Oil to building what is now essentially a moviegoing empire. Of course, if he can find time between dressing up in crazy costumes and challenging actors to a bug-eating contest.

Below we've posted a fascinating chat with Tim for the @Google talk series. It's an hour-long video that basically consists of Tim sitting in a chair and telling a group of people the story of the Alamo Drafthouse. One of the things we didn't know before we watched this was that a violent shooting-turned-murder outside Tim's first movie theater following a concert was what forced him to shut its doors and move to Austin, where he would open his first Alamo Drafthouse.

There's a bunch of other little nuggets of fascinating info packed into this thing, and it's a great watch for those fans of the Alamo Drafthouse, as well as for those independent thinkers and entrepeneurs looking for advice and inspiration from a man who's been through it all. Trust us, if you have some time today throw this on in the background. Really strong, insightful stuff. Plus Tim tells good stories.

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