Since opening in 2018, and given its proximity to John W. Carpenter Freeway, named for the Texas businessman and agriculturalist who died in 1959, Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas has always honored a very different John Carpenter - the legendary filmmaker behind HALLOWEEN, THE THING, and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. The lobby’s state-of-the-art interchangeable photo opp wall features an homage to BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA alongside a replica alien from THEY LIVE, and a complete John Carpenter-themed Mondo poster gallery lines the hallways.
Now the theater has officially carried an alternate name in honor of the legendary filmmaker Mr. Carpenter. Bill DiGaetano, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse North Texas revealed a plaque proclaiming the theater to be the "John Carpenter Cinema" and ribbon cutting ceremony with one of Mr. Carpenter's most iconic creations - HALLOWEEN's Michael Myers.
The plaque dedicated to Carpenter reads:
JOHN CARPENTER CINEMA
"Everyone's entitled to one good scare."
From babysitter slashers to pirate ghosts to shapeshifting monsters to subliminal aliens, writer/director/composer John Carpenter has entertained and terrified generations of film lovers with genre classics like ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, CHRISTINE, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, and THEY LIVE. Because of his incalculable influence on cinema, as of Thursday, May 25th, 2023, this Alamo Drafthouse Cinema shall hereby and forevermore be known as the John Carpenter Cinema.
Additionally, Mr. Carpenter was in attendance for two screenings of his cult classic films, THE THING and THEY LIVE, and participated in an extended film introduction ahead of each film.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin, TX. Twenty-six years later, with 39 locations and counting, Alamo Drafthouse has been called "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired. Alamo Drafthouse has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining best-in-class food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse created Fantastic Fest, a world-renowned genre film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety featuring independents, international filmmakers, and major Hollywood studios. Alamo Drafthouse continues to expand its brand in new and exciting ways, including the American Genre Film Archive, a non-profit film archive dedicated to preserving, restoring and sharing film, and with eight new theaters announced for this year and beyond.entertainment for rental or purchase.