Alamo Drafthouse Announces Their New Summer of 1983 Line-Up

May 3, 2013
Source: Alamo Drafthouse

Summer of 1983

From Scarface to Return of the Jedi to WarGames. The summer of 1983 was a good one. Maybe not the best ever summer of movies, but a fun one for sure. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a series of events as part of the epic Summer of 1982. They're back again for "the sequel to the greatest summer of movies… ever" with the Summer of 1983, from thirty years ago. They've organized another summer-long series of screenings kicking off with Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary May 25th, and more from Trading Places, Risky Business to National Lampoon's Vacation. This will be a great summer if you live by a Drafthouse.

Except for the Return of the Jedi opening, the Alamo Drafthouse's Summer of 1983 programming will be featured in all Alamo Drafthouse markets, including Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; and Ashburn and Winchester, VA. Tickets for Return of the Jedi in Austin are on sale now. Tickets for all other films will go on sale two weeks before each screening date. Follow @drafthouse on twitter for on-sale announcements. Here's a look at a fun promo trailer for the Summer of 1983 events:

The following films will be featured in "Summer of 1983": George Lucas/Richard Marquand's Return of the Jedi (Austin-only), John Landis' Trading Places, Brian De Palma's Scarface, Efren C. PiƱon's The Killing of Satan, Tom Cruise in Paul Brickman's Risky Business, Douglas McKeown's The Deadly Spawn, Bond in John Glen's Octopussy, Rafal Zielinski's Screwballs, John Badham's WarGames, National Lampoon's Vacation, and last but not least, Joe Alves' Jaws 3-D. What a way to end it. For more information to book your tickets for the first batch of these screenings, head over to the Drafthouse.

And here's a colorful poster for the summer series, featuring a photo of Tom Cruise from Risky Business:

Summer of 1983 Poster

I love this series and I love these events they do, it's a perfect way to keep moviegoers excited about movies all summer long. Especially when there are so many classics in the line-up that would no question be worth seeing in theaters again 30 years later. This quote about Return of the Jedi that came in the press release is amusing yet perfect: "It was an incredibly bold move at the time for George Lucas to take Darth Vader, a walking embodiment of evil, in a more sympathetic direction, using the Emperor as a super villain foil that allowed Vader's humanity to creep in. The Alamo is here to argue that the film's dynamic scenes between Vader, Luke and the Emperor are some of the best that science fiction cinema has ever had to offer."

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We seriously need an Alamo up here in Ontario.

Nick Bosworth on May 3, 2013


trading places, screwballs, risky business fav comedies and octopussy, scarface fav action movies don't mind watching all of em again

Fernandes.F on May 3, 2013


Octopussy is from 1983. Hum.....

David Banner on May 4, 2013



Quanah on May 4, 2013


I absolutely love the Alamo! This adds to an already exciting summer for movies! Great news!

Crazy Legs on May 5, 2013


Shazam couldn't ID the music used in this promo. Was it custom?

bengrue on May 26, 2013


"Scarface" opened December 9th that year, so it's a winter of '83 movie.

T.S on May 30, 2013

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