We’ve been waiting years for the fabled Alamo Drafthouse to open in Downtown Brooklyn. We finally got word earlier this month that the Austin-based chain famous for its in-theater dining and drinking would actually be opening this summer. But the Drafthouse is known for more than just getting queso fries and Lone Stars delivered to your seat: It’s also loved for its outlandish and elaborate movie parties (including, famously, Jaws screenings held on a lake). We wondered: Would Brooklyn get some of that fun too?
Well now we have the answer: The Drafthouse announced today it’s bringing a FREE three-movie screening series to Fort Greene Park this year. It starts May 27 with a Bring Your Own Dog screening of the fabulous Christopher Guest mockumentary Best in Show, followed by the Brooklyn debut of its storied Labyrinth sing-along on
June 3 (rescheduled to June 4 due to weather), where you can sing and dance along to words on the screen. The final film will be a costumes-encouraged screening of Finding Nemo on June 10, a week before the sequel Finding Dory hits theaters.
The Drafthouse is known for going overboard with these kinds of events, so expect souvenir props at Labyrinth, a makeshift dog show at Best in Show and more. It also says “surprises are in store” for the Finding Nemo screening — here’s hoping Ellen shows up and hands out free fish to everyone!
The announcement doesn’t say specifically where the films will be shown in the park, but movies there usually take place on the north side by Myrtle Ave., near the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument (also the park isn’t that big so figure it out).
The theater itself will be at 445 Gold St.; no opening date has been announced yet but you can follow construction updates on its Facebook page. It’s also doing a Kids Camp program where families can pay $1-$3 to watch movies together this summer.