May 7, 2020

Welcome to Alamo On Demand

Our new curated library of incredible entertainment.

Curation. We’ve always believed that practicing and cultivating thoughtful curation has been an essential part of the Alamo Drafthouse formula. From our beginnings as a one-screen repertory theater in an old warehouse in downtown Austin, to launching Fantastic Fest, the United States’ largest genre film festival, to our Drafthouse Recommends program that champions the work of visionary filmmakers like Bong Joon Ho (PARASITE), Jordan Peele (GET OUT), Yorgos Lanthimos (THE FAVORITE), Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL), Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), and Jeremy Saulnier (GREEN ROOM)... curation is baked into the culture of Alamo Drafthouse. 

After our theaters shut down in mid-March, we saw an overwhelmingly positive response to our Alamo-At-Home digital releases of films like EXTRA ORDINARY, ROAR, SAINT FRANCES, and our Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday titles, further demonstrating that, yeah, the Alamo Drafthouse audience will always seek out challenging, provocative, and occasionally bats!*t insane films… and it’s our job to deliver.

So, allow us to introduce you to our new labor of love – Alamo On Demand, a video on demand platform created with our friends at ScreenPlus. It’s available now via ondemand.drafthouse.com, and apps for iOS and Android are coming very, very soon. (FYI, they’ll be distinct from our ticketing apps.)

We firmly believe that nothing can or ever will replace the cinematic experience, but we also know that even once our theaters are back up and running (and they will be), we’ll be able to use and evolve this service into something special – a curated library of incredible entertainment that we’ll champion from the festival circuit to our theaters and right into your living room. 

And that’s exactly what you’ll find in our launch lineup.


  • The Friday, May 8th premiere of SPACESHIP EARTH, the acclaimed new documentary film exploring the story of Biosphere 2, a pilot for Mars colonization. We'll also have a live followup Q&A moderated by Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League featuring several of the original BioSpherians. It streams via YouTube on Sunday at 4pm CT 
  • The May 22nd exclusive premiere with a livestream Q&A of KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL, about the punk renegade, TV wrestling queen, and DIY leader of an all-girl band.
  • From Lionsgate, upcoming titles include director Rian Johnson’s KNIVES OUT, plus JOHN WICK 3, Drafthouse Recommends alum LA LA LAND, the criminally underseen A SIMPLE FAVOR, the immortal APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT, and, oh yeah, DIRTY DANCING.
  • Recent titles that blazed through Alamo Drafthouse theaters, like the landmark Best International Film, Screenplay, Director and Best Picture Oscar-winner and cultural phenomenon PARASITE, the stunning period romance PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, and the acclaimed comedy-horror cult-classic-in-the-making EXTRA ORDINARY, starring Will Forte.
  • Over a dozen restored genre titles from the American Genre Film Archive, including Ed Wood's GLEN OR GLENDA, the incomparable BAD BLACK, and an exclusive release: THE NEON SLIME MIXTAPE.
  • In addition to PARASITE, a closer look at the work of Bong Joon Ho, with THE HOST, MOTHER, TOKYO!, and BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE.
  • A Friday night premiere of Austin comedy legends Master Pancake Theater's very first direct-to-streaming movie riff, an all-new MST3K-style riff on the Tiger King of the 1980s, ROAR.
  • A bingeable curated bundle of "Ozsploitation classics" covering the low-budget/less than highbrow exploitation films Australia turned out in the 1970s, anchored by the documentary NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD.
  • Well Go USA’s 2018 South Korean masterpiece BURNING, starring Steven Yeun and considered by many one of the best films of the 2010s.
  • Drafthouse Films’ entire catalog, including Academy Award nominees THE ACT OF KILLING, THE LOOK OF SILENCE, and BULLHEAD, the acclaimed Riz Ahmed breakthrough film FOUR LIONS.

You’ll also be able to look forward to more bingeable bundles – for example, later this year, Severin Films will be launching the definitive “Brucesploitation” documentary ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, about the hundreds of Bruce Lee imitator films that flooded the market after his untimely death. You better believe we’re going to pair the doc with a deep collection of those referenced films.

We hope you like what we’ve put together in Alamo On Demand – and there’s so much more to come. Let us know what you think via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

(What We Expect Will Be) Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get Victory points for renting or buying a VOD title? That's the plan eventually, but we’ve still got some wires to untangle. Expect more on that down the road.

Can I use an Alamo Drafthouse gift card to rent or purchase? Unfortunately, no.

Can I pay with the credit card stored in the Alamo mobile app? They’re different apps with different settings. You'll need to enter your payment details into Alamo On Demand separately – Alamo On Demand doesn't know about the credit card you use to buy movie tickets.

Can I use Season Pass to pay for VOD? No, right now Season Pass is only for use for tickets to theatrical screenings.