What gets movie lovers from the living room and into the theatre?


A woman wearing a dark mask and holding a dark purse stands in front of a movie poster.

“It feels like normalcy or starting normalcy”: Shannon Hoff watched “Zola” at the Alamo Drafthouse Movie theater in downtown Los Angeles on July 10.

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Prior to movie theaters closing, Shannon Hoff, 53, and Joshua Tuberville, 50, were season pass owners at Alamo Drafthouse.


“It feels great. It feels like normalcy or starting normalcy, ” said Hoff, smiling widely over the return. The L. A. locals, who reside near USC, came out to find the Janicza Bravo-directed indie movie “ Zola , ” a story that began with an epic Twitter thread of sex and betrayal.

For Tuberville, getting around people in cinemas and seeing their reactions is key. He appreciates that at Alamo, there’s zero texting or talking — it’s a place, he mentioned, that “demands respect for that screen. ”

A man in a mask, hat and floral print short-sleeved shirt stands in front of a movie poster.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, says Joshua Tuberville, “demands respect for that screen. ” He saw”Zola” on July 10.

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He also likes that you can get a cheeseburger, warm chocolate chip biscuits and beer or drinks delivered to your seat.

“Obviously, ” he or she continued, “being able to consume and drink is great with the seats, and it’s an extremely comfortable experience. But a lot more than that, it’s just I love knowing everyone here would like to be here. a I think that’s true of most theaters but here it’s more of a true experience. ”