Hey, remember when the Alamo Drafthouse announced a screening of Wonder Woman open only to people who identified as female, and some very fragile dudes on the internet freaked out about it, as if there weren’t literally thousands of other screenings of the film open to them at theaters across the nation (including at the Alamo Drafthouse itself)? Well, now the theater is taking the rhetorical knots these utterly rational and not at all sexist contrarians tied themselves into protesting the Wonder Woman screening, and turning them into balloon animals. In other words, The Alamo Drafthouse Mueller in Austin is hosting a clowns-only screening of It.
The screening, for which “all attendees should arrive dressed as a clown in order to attend,” will feature face painting, a photo booth, raffles, and “other terrifying merriment.” The screening, which appears to have been inspired by one breathtakingly convoluted attempt an a “well, actually” on the Drafthouse’s Facebook page (see below), asks attendees to “please arrive in your own Pennywise best and be ready to float with us.” Smug “but what about mimes, huh?!” comments are expected to appear on the theater’s social media platforms shortly.
Update, August 25: Two more “clowns-only” screenings have been added to the Alamo Drafthouse’s Austin schedule, according to Alamo-adjacent movie site Birth.Movies.Death. One will take place at the theater chain’s Lakeline location, and one at the Slaughter location, just for a little extra pizzazz.