Austin movie fans have already said farewell to one iconic Alamo Drafthouse. The Colorado Street location in the heart of downtown was a rickety kind of temple to cinema passion. Scrappy and genuine, the warehouse-district screening beacon closed in 2007, hiked a few blocks down to the Ritz and re-opened as the chain was expanding.
Now, the South Lamar — which has become the cornerstone through events like Fantastic Fest — is being razed and will re-emerge from the Earth anew in the fall. Fighting back the tears, Brian Salisbury shot and Luke Mullen edited a video tribute to the theater that made them move across the country to Central Texas. For those who know it best, it’s a fitting celebration, and for those that don’t, its farewell message also acts as a nice backstage introduction.