The release of a new Wes Anderson movie is always exciting for film fans, and even more so at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The renowned cinema company out of Austin, TX, has a slew of fun planned for Focus Features’ Asteroid City, including advance screenings featuring a live conversation with Wes Anderson and cast, a special, celebratory beer from Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, limited edition Asteroid City vintage themed lunchbox and thermos sets, Chili Supper Screenings featuring a custom Asteroid City-themed menu, and custom-designed letterpress postcard giveaways on opening weekend.
Before Asteroid City releases in NYC and LA on June 16, and nationwide on June 23, Alamo Drafthouse will hold exclusive advance screenings at theaters across the country on June 12th, making it the only place for fans to see the film early. Guests of the Brooklyn theater will also be treated to an appearance by Wes Anderson and cast for a live conversation after the screening. Attendees of other Alamo theaters will be able to enjoy the conversation via livestream.
Alamo Drafthouse Asteroid City tickets are available at drafthouse.com/show/asteroid-city.
Asteroid City takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955. The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events. The impressive cast includes Wes Anderson regulars and more of the most exciting names in Hollywood, including: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, and Jeff Goldblum.
Alamo Drafthouse will also be expanding its already impressive selection of craft beers with an Asteroid City-themed beer from craft brewery Dogfish Head. Available at select Alamo Drafthouse locations, Asteroid City Lager is brewed with regenerative pilsner malt, tuxpeno corn malt, zuper saazer hops, and mid-20th century Pennsylvania lager yeast for a crisp, clean, and easy-drinking beer.
“The magical, whimsical worlds Wes Anderson has created in his movies have been touchstones for our off-centered brand throughout the years,” said Dogfish Head Brewer & Founder, Sam Calagione. “Wes’s work inspires us, and this vibrant and refreshing beer is a liquid celebration of this new frontier Wes and the whole Team behind Asteroid City has created.”
Fans are encouraged to preorder their own limited-edition lunchbox and thermos with custom Asteroid City art, sold exclusively with tickets from Alamo Drafthouse while supplies last. Only available for purchase online from Wednesday, May 24 to Thursday, June 15, by 11:59 PM, this unique collectible is perfect for any junior stargazer, space cadet, or anyone else interested in high-quality memorabilia you won’t find anywhere else.
In addition to exclusive Advance Screenings, Alamo Drafthouse will hold special Chili Supper Screenings at select theaters during opening week of Asteroid City. Guests will enjoy a custom, pre-set menu for the screenings, featuring chili, hotdogs, grilled cheese, themed popcorn, and the Alamo Drafthouse/Dogfish Head beer collaboration, Asteroid City Lager. Attendees will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm by dressing up as their favorite Wes Anderson character.
"Karrie and I watched Bottle Rocket while building the very first Alamo and began over-performing on his films starting with Rushmore," says Alamo Drafthouse founder and Executive Chairman Tim League. "For the entire history of Alamo, the launch of a new Wes Anderson film is cause for celebration. We cannot wait to savor the many delightful nuances of Asteroid City with the Alamo community."