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One year ago today, we took the deepest of deep breaths...and opened our doors to the public.

That moment came after a two-year labor of love as we worked to bring an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to Springfield.

And why wouldn't we? Springfield is an amazing place to live and work, and it was no coincidence or accident that it was our chosen Missouri community.

In the 12 months since we opened, we have learned a lot of valuable lessons, and we're grateful every day to our guests who hold us accountable and notify us when we have not given them the experience they deserve.

Because you see, our mission statement is simple. We want to make sure every guest has an awesome experience and is excited to come back.

We're the theater FOR movie lovers, and you guys ARE movie lovers, so it totally works out.

Because of you, we've expanded our signature programming. We've added Terror Tuesday. We've added Film Club. We've added Champagne Cinema, and Fist City, and Video Vortex, and we're looking at Weird Wednesday if there is interest. We'll keep bringing it hard with the movie parties, and we'll keep offering extras, like special guests for autograph sessions or Q&As post-film. We have decided to discount ticket prices for Video Vortex, Terror Tuesday, and Film Club titles. We started our Kids Camps and PBS Kids with 100% of donation tickets benefiting local Springfield organizations, and Family Parties, because sometimes you just can't find a sitter and you want to show your kids some fun anyway.

And we wouldn't have grown our programming so much without your input. We really do listen to you. Because, without you? We're nothing.

YOU bring the life. YOU bring the light. YOU bring the excitement. We can bring the experience, but it's the continued reactions of our guests that take it next-level.

When we think about the fact that we're turning one today, we take that to mean we're ALL turning one. - And turning one traditionally means an epic party. THIS party is so epic...that it's taking us 53 weeks to make it happen. So next Tuesday, June 26th, come on over, and let's have a thing where we turn this place into BLAZING SADDLES. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., we'll have games, bounce houses, contests, and our trusty camp cook stationed at the smoker turning out some quality grub. Our Backlot Taproom will, for one day only, be The Backlot Taproom Saloon. We'll have the comedic, musical talents of The Squirrel Chasers if you're into slapstick, and Jimmy Rea if you're into straight groove. At 7:30 and 8:00, we'll be throwing down with our BLAZING SADDLES movie parties. Whoopee cushions and cap guns? Yes, please! That's right. Next week, we're gonna party like it's 1874. And it won't be fun unless you're there.

OH! And one more thing: ALL day AND night on June 26th, all food and non-alcoholic beverages will be 50% OFF. HALF PRICE.

Happy birthday, Springfield. We really love living here with you.