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Name a movie that is more indicative of Austin than local Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused." We'll wait.


Celebrating nearly 30 years of iconic one-liners and historic sights on the big screen, Alamo Drafthouse is bringing "Dazed and Confused" back to the big screen cheekily beginning on April 20 and extending into May with exclusive commentary from Linklater, Matthew McConaughey (David Wooderson), Parker Posey (Darla Marks), with Jack Black hosting the show.

The film is a step back in time to the last day of school in 1976, following Lee High School students who are in search of a life-changing summer. Featuring Matthew McConaughey's breakout role and endlessly-quotable lines that put Austin on the map, the cast of stars will gather via Zoom to take an exclusive look at the life-changing film.

As founder and artistic director of the Austin Film Society—a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering community cinema—Linklater said it's important to support local theaters during such unprecedented times.

"I know firsthand that community cinemas like ours are vital cultural spaces," Linklater said. "We can't come together as a community unless we have places to gather where we can share experiences, and cinemas are at the heart of that."

The movie, despite its decades of popularity, shows monuments of Austin that you can still see today: Top Notch Hamburgers, where McConaughey uttered the famed line "alright alright alright," the Violet Crown Shopping Center, Centennial Liquor, now a Pavement store with the gussied-up sign, and West Enfield Park, home of the 'party at the moontower.'

The limited screening and cast reunion is part of Alamo Drafthouse's Support Local Cinemas campaign, where it will be shown all across the country with the post-screening conversation. Private screenings are also available.

Fans can submit questions via Twitter using #Dazed and those who can't make a screening will be able to see the conversation via Alamo On Demand later this year.

That's what Austin loves about "Dazed and Confused," time goes on but it stays the same. So are you going to celebrate Austin with your own "Dazed and Confused" screening? It'd be a lot cooler if you did.

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