What to Expect at an Alamo Drafthouse Event: The Princess Bride
If you are lucky enough to live in a city that has been blessed with the arrival of an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, you probably already know that they feature some truly unique events for the movie lover. There’s a reason the brand is consistently referred to as some of the best theaters in the world. Local cinephiles are fiercely loyal due to the no talking/no texting policies (and they mean it), a menu with a wide variety of food and beverage choices, and the plethora of theme nights.
I was fortunate enough to attend one of the first big events here at the Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse, a “quote-along” screening of The Princess Bride, complete with a “The Feast” consisting of. When I arrived at the theater, my seat was adorned with a variety of props-a blow up sword, bubbles, and a bell. Prior to the screening, we were informed to ring the bell anytime something mushy or romantic happens-kissing, love proclamations, and the like. The sword was to be used whenever sword fighting appeared on the screen, and the bubbles were for the wedding union of Buttercup and Prince Humperdinck. Clearly, this viewing was an exception to the no talking rule, audience participation was highly encouraged, and subtitles prompted us to quote some of the more famous lines. Some audience members appeared in costume, adding to the revelry. There was also a “duel to the death” contest mediated by the program manager before the film. Heck, they even printed special t-shirts and had themed wine bottles available for keepsakes.
Here’s how the feast went down.
- First course: Mutton, a sign of the medieval times. A mutton, arugula and roasted tomato concoction was presented on rustic bread. Paired with a glass of bubbly Lamarca Prosecco.
- Second course: in honor of the giant eels that terrify Buttercup when she tries to jump ship, screeching eel salad. Crispy eel served on local greens with blood orange vinaigrette. Paired with the special As You Wish wine.
- Third course: Seared NY strip stepped in to represent the Rous (rodents of unusual size) found in the fire swamps. Port demi, roasted enoki mushrooms, mushroom risotto and grilled rapini completed the plate. Paired with Inconceivable Cab.
- Fourth course: Twue Wuv truffles, a nod to Peter Cook’s lispy performance as The Impressive Clergyman. Dark chocolate truffles, caramel crisp, peanut crème and candied strawberries. Divine. Paired with Dow’s Tawny Port.
You might assume (as I did) that these would be very small plates, but I assure you, this was a true feast. The portions were full size. Not a chance you were leaving without a very full belly. It was a memorable way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Princess Bride. These signature events are a perfect night out for the rabid film fan. Featured upcoming events are more quote-alongs, sing-alongs, girlie night, tough guy cinema, big screen classics, bloodthirsty Thursdays and 80s and 90s themed nights. Check out the Alamo Drafthouse website for a monthly calendar of events.