Following the November closing of long-running San Francisco neighborhood video store and archive Le Video, it was announced today that Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League, along with Academy Award-nominated producer Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures, has arranged for the preservation of the Le Video collection.
Bay Area residents will soon be able to access portions of the Le Video archive at San Francisco's new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Exact details are still pending, but Alamo Drafthouse will partner with Mission neighborhood video store Lost Weekend to rent selections from the Le Video archive in the spacious lobby of the new theater, along with a deeply curated collection of films from the Lost Weekend archive.
"The experience of going to my local video store when I was young made me the movie fan I am today," says Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. "Despite the fact that great video stores like Le Video are closing all over the country, I am confident that a new iteration of the video store experience can exist, and even thrive today. A passionate video store clerk can do what no algorithm can. They can recommend your new favorite movie, one that can't be predicted from your past viewing habits."
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open for Star Wars on the 17th of December. The Lost Weekend lobby video store is slated to begin in January. Subscribe to the Alamo Drafthouse newsletter or follow @drafthouseSF on twitter for news as it happens.
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About Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 18 years later, the now 21-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short four-year existence and Birth.Movies.Death. an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.
About Annapurna Pictures
Annapurna Pictures is a film production and finance company founded with the goal of boldly creating sophisticated, high-quality and ambitious films that appeal to a variety of audiences. Under Megan Ellison's guidance, Annapurna has provided the industry with a critical boost of intelligent, adult dramas in recent years. Annapurna's most recent project, Bennett Miller's FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, was released last year by Sony Pictures Classics. The film earned five Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations including one for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Annapurna is currently preparing for the release of David O. Russell's JOY, out this Christmas through Fox and Richard Linklater's EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, which will be release in April through Paramount. Additionally, they are currently in post-production on Ana Lily Amirpour's THE BAD BATCH; Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon's animated SAUSAGE PARTY written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir; Mike Mills' 20TH CENTURY WOMEN; and Todd Solondz's WIENER-DOG. Annapurna will soon reteam with Kathryn Bigelow on a film based on the non-fiction book The True American; and are currently in pre-production for the film adaptation of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Annapurna's projects from 2013 alone earned 17 Academy Award nominations, and made Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year. Those projects included David O. Russell's AMERICAN HUSTLE, Spike Jonze's HER, and Wong Kar Wai's THE GRANDMASTER. Annapurna's past releases include Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS, Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award nominated ZERO DARK THIRTY, and Paul Thomas Anderson's multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated THE MASTER.
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