If you’ve been missing regular visits to your nearby Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, you’re definitely not alone — and the folks at Alamo feel your pain. That’s why they’ve launched the new online streaming platform Alamo On Demand, where you can get your cult cinema fix from the safety of your own shelter-in-place situation.
According to an announcement today, the platform is the result of a team-up between Alamo, ScreenPlus and Vista Cinema, who inked deals with a slew of art-house studios, indie production companies and distributors — including Lionsgate, Magnolia, NEON, Sony Pictures Classics and many more — to bring new genre and cult titles to fans everywhere.
The Alamo On Demand library is curated by the same film-obsessed folks who have been introducing fans to new art-house titles, indie classics, and many rare films for years — and that list includes past entries from Fantastic Fest, which might have otherwise gone unseen by the general public. Even theme nights like “Terror Tuesday” and “Weird Wednesday” will be recreated on the platform.
Alamo Drafthouse and Chairman Tim League announced the importance of this VOD service in a press statement today:
I’ll describe the scenario that sold me on the ScreenPlus platform. Alamo Drafthouse had been promoting Portrait of a Lady on Fire to our guests for months. We love people to see films in the cinema first and foremost, but the reality is not everyone can always make the time for every movie they want to see. This platform allows us to give folks who missed Portrait of a Lady on Fire in cinemas another chance to see it, which is simply an extension of our enthusiasm and support for the film. Alamo On Demand helps us to continue the conversation past the theatrical window and recommend movies we love to our community. And in these shuttered days and beyond, these rentals and purchases help support your neighborhood theater.
The list of cult, art-house, foreign and mainstream movies being offered includes Oscar-sweeper Parasite, the documentary Spaceship Earth, P.T. Anderson’s music doc Junun, Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre, the South Korean hit Burning, Riz Ahmed’s Four Lions, a “movie riffing” screening of ROAR (which should appeal to Tiger King fans), the remastered Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, Ed Wood’s rare smut flick Take it Out in Trade, and the 50th Anniversary restoration of animated classic The Point.
Alamo On Demand is currently live in a browser-only format, but new iOS and Android apps will be added soon. Be sure to drop by and check out their complete lineup — and tell ’em Terror Time sent ya!