You Can Be The Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse Movie Host

Media Mikes loves the Alamo Drafthouse. It’s our theatre of choice in Kansas City and where we record our weekly “Behind the Mikes” Podcast. That’s why we’re spreading the word that the Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse is looking for a fun, knowledgeable movie fan to help host their many Girlie Nights and Action Pack Quote-Alongs! Interested movie fans can submit video links of themselves introducing a film, and top contenders will compete for a public vote to take home the gold. Job responsibilities include speaking in front of large crowds, promoting events via social media, and enthusiastically operating a confetti cannon. After all, what’s a party without a mess?

If you think you have what it takes just send a sample video to Video submissions will be accepted through Monday, October 20, 2014 and the winner notified on October 27. Good luck, and tell Ryan we sent you!


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Win Complimentary Passes to Kansas City Screenings of “Grease,” “Animal House” and “Real Genius” at the Alamo Drafthouse [ENDED]

Media Mikes has teamed up with the Alamo Drafthouse to give our readers a chance to win passes to themed screenings of the following films in Kansas City:

On Tuesday, September 17, join the T-Birds and Pink Ladies in a specially themed presentation of the classic 1978 musical “Grease.” This is a special sing-a-long screening, with the lyrics projected on screen during the film (like you’ll need them)

Text PINK LADIES and your ZIP CODE to 43549 to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the GREASE SING-ALONG. (1) winner will be drawn on Monday, September 16.

On Wednesday, September 18, it’s time to join the members of Delta Tau Chi as they throw a Toga Party to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of “National Lampoon’s Animal House.”
Text TOGA and your ZIP CODE to 43549 to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the ANIMAL HOUSE TOGA PARTY. (1) winner will be drawn on Tuesday, September 17.

Finally, go back to the 80s and celebrate with Val Kilmer and the fellow braniacs of “Real Genius.”

Text IQ and your ZIP CODE to 43549 to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see REAL GENIUS. (1) winner will be drawn on Wednesday, September 18.

Win Free Movie Tickets for the Summer to Your Local Alamo Drafthouse [ENDED]

With over 100 new films set to open this summer you’re probably going over your list and checking it twice because you know there’s no way you can afford to see them all. Well if you live in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Kansas City, Denver or Northern Virginia you may have just hit the jackpot.

Alamo Drafthouse has announced the arrival of it’s annual SUMMER MOVIE PASS GIVEAWAY, which will give (5) lucky winners from each Alamo location a chance for free admission for two at their local Alamo Drafthouse all summer long!

The contest has started and runs through May 30, 2013. Five winners will be chosen from each market to receive a Summer Movie Pass good for two tickets to any show valuing $13.00 or less at their local Alamo Drafthouse. The SUMMER MOVIE PASS GIVEAWAY is hosted through the following Alamo Drafthouse Facebook pages:

Austin, TX –
Houston, TX –
San Antonio, TX –
Kansas City, MO –
Ashburn, VA –
Winchester, VA –
Littleton, CO –

Entry into the contest is easy. All you have to do is:
“Like” your local Alamo Drafthouse Facebook Page.
Click the “Free Movies!” tab.
Enter your name and email address to sign up for the Alamo Drafthouse email newsletter.
Good luck!

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshows Hit Kansas City!

One of my favorite movie moments ever occurred in the summer of 2006. In Dyersville, Iowa, on the same corn surrounded baseball field used in the film, I sat with 3,000 other fans and watched “Field of Dreams” outdoors on the big screen, part of that summers Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow. As fall approaches, the new Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City is sponsoring four different outdoor screenings. Imagine watching one of your favorite films under the stars. Now add the bonus fun

Alamo provides with it’s pre-show activities and contests and you’ve got a night to remember. Here is a schedule of the films slated to screen in the next few weeks:

September 14, 2012

Location: City Market Park
20 E. 5th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Time: Gates open at 7:00PM / Movie at 8:00PM

For the young, and the young at heart, the Alamo Drafthouse presents “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” When his beloved Schwinn bicycle is stolen, Pee Wee sets out on a zany cross-country journey to get it back. Come early and get in on the pre-screening fun by competing in the Pee Wee Dance Off before the film.

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September 15, 2012

Location: City Market Park
20 E. 5th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Time: Gates open at 7:00PM / Movie at 8:00PM

The Alamo Drafthouse invites you to a beautifully animated, yet mind boggling visual experience, as it presents “Spirited Away.” This Japanese anime cartoon captured the imagination of adults and children alike on it’s way to becoming a critically-acclaimed worldwide box office hit. We’ll re-create one of the film’s memorable moments when we invite audience members to compete in our noodle eating contest prior to the film. Come early and bring a big appetite for fun!

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October 12, 2012

Location: National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial (North Lawn)
100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Time: Gates open at 6:00PM / Movie at 7:00PM

The Alamo is ready to tickle your funny bone as it presents the 1987 comedy classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” This powerhouse comedy about two strangers who share a three-day odyssey of road trip misadventures will have you laughing ’til it hurts. Especially when you realize, “Those aren’t pillows!” Well these actually are – if you compete in our pre-show pillow fight!

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October 13, 2012

Location: National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial (North Lawn)
100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Time: Gates open at 6:00PM / Movie at 7:00PM

The Rolling Roadshow series wraps up with a pre-historic crowd pleaser as Alamo Drafthouse presents “Jurassic Park.” What could possibly go wrong at a theme park with real life cloned dinosaurs? Luckily for us, we get to find out! Come out for dinosaurs running amok and trying to take a bite out of everything and everyone in sight. You can take a bite out of the action by joining the Carnivore/Herbivore Eating Contest before the movie!

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To view the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow promo video click here:


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Alamo Draft House’s Greg MacLennan talks “Van Dammage!”

A graduate of the University of Texas, Greg MacLennan has the job most movie fans would kill for.  As the Director of Interactive Programming for the Alamo Draft House theatres, he has the opportunity to schedule great events combining movies of the past with current features.  This week, the Alamo Draft House Mainstreet Theatre in Kansas City is offering fans the chance to experience “Van Dammage!” – a trio of action films featuring Jean Claude Van Damme leading into an exclusive first look at the new film “The Expendables 2.”  While planning his next event, MacLennan took some time out to speak with Media Mikes.

Mike Smith:  You obviously have a love of films.  What inspired that?
Greg MacLennan:  I had the generic “film student” job of working in a video store, which gave me a chance to devour more movies then I ever had in my entire life.  And when I was younger my brother would go to the video store and bring home these awesome action movies.  Jean Claude Van Damme….Steven Segal….Arnold Schwarzenegger.  All of these amazing 80’s action movies.  I would just devour them no matter what they were.  And when I got older I found myself in a position at Alamo Draft House to put those movies back on the big screen.

MS:  How did the concept for “Van Dammage” come about?
GM:  I wanted to show movies where guys get punched in the face really hard!  That level of awesomeness isn’t happening on the big screen any more.  You don’t see the sweat running off of a bicep that has a vein breaking out of it.  You don’t get a real performance.  You don’t feel like those guys today could actually beat the **** out of each other.  I wanted to do a celebration of that.  And when I heard “The Expendables 2” was coming out I knew this was a perfect time to do it.  We checked with Lionsgate and they were like “let’s do this!”  Seriously, this is the greatest dream of my life.

MS:  Is Jean Claude Van Damme aware of what you’re doing?
GM:  Jean Claude is very aware of it.  He is very flattered.

MS:  What goes into the planning of an event like this?
GM:  First we have to get the idea approved.  Then we have to decide what movies we want to feature.  We have to lock down the titles and then make sure we can get them from the studios.  We have to come up with the various promotion items and the ridiculous menu items.  We always have a lot of surprises when it comes to Alamo Draft House’s Interactive Programming.  Just because you may know the titles of the films or the menu items doesn’t mean you’re going to know everything.  It’s a lot of people working and coordinating all of the aspects of the event.

Here is the lineup and menu for “Van Dammage!”

5:00 PM:  Van Damme stars as real life martial arts champ Frank Dux (and does an incredible display of the splits) in “Bloodsport.”

6:45 PM:  Directed by John Woo, “Hard Target” finds Van Damme helping a woman search for her missing father.

8:45 PM:  Dolph Lundgren co-stars with the Muscles from Brussels in “Universal Soldier.”

11:00 PM:  Van Damme joins Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and a who’s who of action movie greats in “The Expendables 2.”

The menu created for VAN DAMMAGE is action packed as well. Moviegoers can enjoy three special dishes that will put a stranglehold on even the largest appetite – KUMITE CHOP SUEY, a dish packed with meat, eggs, veggies and noodles. ANDREW SCOTT’S EAR NECKLACE, freshly fried pork rinds fit to be strung together and worn, or dipped in a spicy soldier dipping sauce. Finally, finish off your hunger with HARD TARGET BEIGNETS, a sweet and delicious New Orleans treat of fried dough finished with powdered sugar and served with chicory syrup.

This special event is also being held on Wednesday, August 15, at the Austin, Texas Alamo Draft House.  VAN DAMMAGE tickets are $20 and available now! Tickets for the Kansas City screening are on sale now here.

Check out the event trailer here:

Alamo Drafthouse & Zzangarang!!! Bringing “Van Dammage” to Kansas City!

Alamo Drafthouse’s ZZANG!!! series has teamed up with BANGARANG!   to pay the ultimate tribute to all things awesome from the ’80s and ’90s. And nothing seems better suited for their first ever ZZANGARANG!!! event then a send-up to one of the greatest and most charismatic roundhousers to ever grace the silver screen, the Muscles from Brussels – Jean Claude Van Damme!   Say hello to VAN DAMMAGE, a three movie marathon of Alamo’s favorite Van Damme movies leading straight into a FREE ADVANCED SCREENING of “THE EXPENDABLES 2.”
Though the titles of the three films are being kept secret, ZZANGARANG!!! promises the event will leave you with       ” tufts of hair all over your body and goosebumps which will grow into the manliest muscles you’ve ever seen.”  There will also be menu specials, surprises galore and some of the best action films of Van Damme’s career gracing The Alamo Drafthouse’s silver screen. Think you have what it takes to survive FOUR movies of nonstop white-knuckled mayhem? This event is not for the weak at heart. Pulses will pound, bones will be shattered, and roundhouses will be delivered in stylish slow-motion to ensure maximum VAN DAMMAGE! 
VAN DAMMAGE begins at 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, August 16th at the all new Alamo Draft House in Kansas City! 
For Tickets:
Check out the event trailer here: