The only reason to be in this business is because we love movies. The Alamo Drafthouse family loves movies. Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison loves movies. And San Francisco's legendary Le Video loves movies.
So this is a partnership that not only makes sense, but feels fated. An important and exhaustive cinephile curation will be maintained by this endeavor, and that is definitely something to celebrate. Read on for the press release!
San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2015 – Following the closing of San Francisco neighborhood video store and archive Le Video in November, it was announced today that Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League along with Academy Award-nominated producer Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have arranged for the preservation of the Le Video archive.
San Francisco residents will soon be able to access portions of the Le Video archive at San Francisco’s new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Exact details are still pending, but Alamo Drafthouse will partner with the Mission neighborhood video store Lost Weekend to showcase selections from the Le Video archive along with their deep and curated collection of films from the Lost Weekend archive to the spacious lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission.
“The experience of going to my local video store when I was young made me the movie fan I am today.” says Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “Despite the fact that great video stores like Le Video are closing all over the country, I am confident that a new iteration of the video store experience can exist and thrive even today. A passionate video store clerk can do what no algorithm can. He or she can recommend your new favorite movie, one that can’t be predicted from your past viewing habits.”
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be opening for Star Wars on the 17th of December. The Lost Weekend lobby video store is slated to begin in January. Subscribe to the Alamo Drafthouse newsletter or follow @drafthouseSF on twitter for news as it happens.