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For several years, I tended bar at one of the Alamo Drafthouse's locations here in Austin, which means I spent quite a bit of time chit-chatting with folks who were frequent guests of the best movie theater in the world. And during that period, the thing people asked for more often than anything else was some kind of season pass, a card that'd allow them to pay a flat rate for X number of movies per month. The company was just starting to tinker with the concept back then, working through the technological kinks and figuring out how best to apply such a program, but all I could ever tell these folks was, "They're working on it!"
Today I'm wishing I'd secured the contact info for my favorite bar regulars before I left that position, just so I could be the person to tell 'em that the Alamo Drafthouse Season Pass program is now live, available at every last one of the Drafthouse's 41 locations, and that it's available for one helluva price.
Let's go to the press release...
"Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is proud to announce that their hotly-awaited Season Pass program is now in use at all 41 locations across the country. Season Pass is the only subscription program that allows guests to have the Alamo Drafthouse cinematic experience every single day, all for one low monthly fee. The membership provides one regularly priced ticket per day, with reservations available up to seven days in advance.
Alamo Season Pass grants access to the widest selection of films in the cinema industry, including blockbusters, independent and arthouse releases, and classic repertory screenings. Last year Alamo Drafthouse locations screened over 2,100 different titles, nearly double the variety of the second-highest number amongst exhibitors. Recent films that have been particularly popular with Season Pass users include BIRDS OF PREY, DOCTOR SLEEP, PARASITE, THE LODGE, and COLOR OUT OF SPACE.
“This is a huge win for movie lovers,” says Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO. “The entire reason we opened the Alamo in the first place was to share the movies we love with as many people as possible, and Season Pass is the perfect means for folks to explore more and more films.”
Season Pass is available for instant sign-up and immediate use in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio, Kansas City, Yonkers, Springfield, and New Braunfels. In select regions, memberships are available via a waiting list, but all locations are expected to be open for everyone in the coming months."
And how much will a Drafthouse Season Pass set you back?
"Season Pass subscriptions renew monthly, with no annual commitment. Pricing varies by location and corresponds to each Alamo Drafthouse location’s average ticket pricing, with pricing ranging from $14.99 to $29.99 per month in big cities like Los Angeles and New York. The membership also works for screenings in 3D, 70mm, Dolby Atmos, and The Big Show premium large format, with a $1.99 surcharge per ticket. Members with accompanying friends and family members can always purchase additional regular-priced tickets at the same time, or they can add up to four Extra Seats – similar to “Plus Ones” – to their monthly Alamo Season Pass subscription at a discounted price.
The Season Pass subscription model was created and refined for more than a year through a combination of data and closely monitoring guest feedback. The goal – building a sustainable program that enables subscribers to see as many movies as possible."
No matter how you cut it, the Drafthouse Season Pass is a great deal (my wife's been signed up for it for a while now and insists that I tell you she loves it), and I cannot recommend it enough for anyone living in a city that plays home to one or more Drafthouse theaters. Sign up with confidence - even if you're in one of those cities that's still working its way through a waitlist - and enjoy. You won't regret it!