Rejoice, movie fans. The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball will both re-open their doors to the public this Saturday, August 16! Located in the newly coined “Lamar Union” complex in South Austin, the theater will be open in time to host Fantastic Fest 2014 and the Austin opening of director Michel Gondry’s highly anticipated new film, Mood Indigo.
The expanded Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar features three brand new auditoriums for a total of nine screens, with combined seating for 975 moviegoers. Newly built and now adjacent to the theater, The Highball bar features seven karaoke rooms, a ballroom dance floor and stage, a lounge area, and an outdoor patio. Guests will find parking in Lamar Union’s 576-space parking garage adjacent to the theater.
“We wanted to preserve as much of the spirit of the old Alamo South Lamar but extend on the ideas we explored in the first place,” said CEO and founder Tim League. “We hired the same artists, muralist Heyd Fontenot and sculptor Evan Voyles, to update the work they originally created. We’ve also added some great new additions including a Shining themed photo booth and some truly outrageous new karaoke room themes.”
The Highball will feature a full service bar, uniquely themed karaoke rooms, dance floor, stage, and lounge area, along with its newest feature, an outdoor patio. While no longer featuring bowling, the original Highball’s classic bowling lanes have been repurposed into a dance floor, a bar top, ceiling details, and benches.
The Highball’s new food menu, designed by Alamo Chef Jason Donoho, features a mix of classic favorites and new items. Continuing to highlight the best in craft beer, The Highball features 24 taps that include two spots for draft cocktails designed by Alamo Beverage Director Bill Norris. The state-of-the-art karaoke rooms feature new song lists, voice synthesizers, and cocktail bottle service. Room descriptions are below.
KARAOKE 1: FREAKS
Step right up into our gallery of the odd, the unusual, the unexplainable and the unimaginable! Stay long enough and you’ll become one of us. Gooble gobble!
KARAOKE 2: MIDNIGHT MANOR
Your blood runs cold as you take shelter in this decaying house; forgotten by all… except the inhabitants of the cemetery next door.
KARAOKE 3: TRULY OUTRAGEOUS
Harness the power of glitter and glamour to transform into the ultimate neon-charged new wave superstar!
KARAOKE 4: THE FIFTH DIMENSION
Beyond the human mind lays a universe of bold impossibilities. Time, form and substance… sound and shadow… all will be revealed in the swirling vortex of The Fifth Dimension.
KARAOKE 5: JOYSTICKS
Dust off your Powerglove; it’s time to battle marauding gangs of ghosts and goombas in our no-rules 8-bit battlefield!
KARAOKE 6: THE BLACK LODGE
The center of the darkest woods leads into the Red Room, a surreal and mysterious limbo where you can always find a damn fine cup of coffee. Let’s rock.
KARAOKE 7: THE INFERNO
Metal gods and major ragers can unleash the beast within The Inferno.
All of the great photography you see here was done by Nick Simonite. See more at nicksimonite.com.