December 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // What: Press Preview Tour at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater and Bear Vs Bull bar
Who: CEO and Founder Tim League, Creative Manager Mike Keegan, Beverage Director Isaac Shumway, Chef Ronnie New
When: Thursday, December 10
Time: Press check in at 9:30am
Tour from 10:00 - 11:00am
Followed by select 1:1 Interview Opportunities
Where: Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
2550 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 91440
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 9)
Alamo Drafthouse opens their latest expansion, San Francisco's New Mission Theater on December 17th, launching with Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Alamo Drafthouse's New Mission Theater is the company's first foray into California and it marks a dramatic arrival for the brand. The theater's meticulous multi-million restoration and retrofit has resulted in a movie mecca as original 1920's decor fuses with state of the art technology. The New Mission is the first theater in North America equipped with Sony's revolutionary 515DS dual-4K projectors.
Tim League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, Tim left engineering and opened up his first movie theater. When that theater closed after a short run in 1995, he and his wife Karrie headed to Austin with 200 seats, a projector, screen, speakers and a passion to do it right the second time. They founded the Alamo Drafthouse in 1997, where as CEO League remains committed to providing creative programming and a zero tolerance policy for disruption during the theater experience. League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States and launched Drafthouse Films, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary and unusual films from around the world. Past releases include critically-acclaimed comedies FOUR LIONS and KLOWN, the rediscovered classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, and the Oscar-nominated BULLHEAD and THE ACT OF KILLING. When asked about his early qualifications for opening a movie theater, League answered, "None, other than really liking movies, which I guess is the most important part." The Alamo Drafthouse is expanding nationwide to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Brooklyn, with many more on the horizon.
Mike Keegan, Creative Manager of the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, is responsible for anything that hits the screens at the theater, from new releases to classic films. He also dreams up the special events for which the Alamo Drafthouse is known, including celebrity guest appearances, interactive sing-alongs and pairings of classic films with food and drink menus. Before joining the Alamo team, Mike was the Director of Programming at San Francisco's Roxie Theater as well as a film and event programmer for San Francisco IndieFest, San Francisco Doc Fest and Noise Pop.
If you cornered Mike at a party and asked him about his favorite movie, he would look you in the eye and name one quickly, without any qualification. The party answer vacillates between BOOGIE NIGHTS, SOMETHING WILD and BUFFALO '66. Between us, if you ask Mike in writing what his favorite movie is, he gets maudlin and stares out the window for a long time and misses some crucial deadlines. And for better or worse, Mike lives only one block away from the theater.
As the Beverage Director for the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, Isaac Shumway will oversee all drinks for the theater in addition to the adjoining bar, Bear Vs. Bull. Shumway will curate the diverse drink menu at the bar which will include a rotating selection of California wines, 28 local draft beers, nitro cold brew coffee, adult milkshakes and Shumway's innovative signature cocktails.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Isaac Shumway spent time in Paris, France, after graduation. He worked at Taillevent, a three-star Michelin restaurant, before returning to the U.S. to cook at French Laundry in Napa. Shumway has also bartended at a number of notable bars in San Francisco including Alembic, Bourbon and Branch, and Heaven's Dog. Most recently, Shumway was Bar Director at Tosca where he helped to reopen the restaurant in 2013. During his time in San Francisco Shumway has been mentored by legendary barmen including Erik Adkins, Bar Director at the nationally acclaimed Slanted Door, and Daniel Hyatt, former Bar Manager at The Alembic and Roka Akor.
Before joining the Alamo, Ronnie New was the Executive Chef of San Francisco mainstay's Comstock Saloon and Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Ronnie moved to the Mission and has worked his way up through the San Francisco kitchens, including Le Petit Robert, Bar Crudo, Range, Kitchenette, and Conduit.
Ronnie grew up in New Orleans where his strong interest in food and service developed at an early age. Cooking his way through San Francisco in his early adult years, Ronnie learned the value of sourcing locally grown ingredients. Drawing from these two amazing food cities, a combination of both cultures shows in his new menu for the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission.
SOURCE Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service.