How will movie theaters stay relevant? Look to the ultra-raunch of Fantastic Fest

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Kids these days don’t know how good they have it. (As a millennial, am I allowed to say that?) The modern teenage film buff can watch practically everything — mainstream movies, of course, but also the foreign and the avant-garde, the vulgar and the strange — whenever and wherever they’d like. They can screen Un Chien Andalou in the school cafeteria just as easily as they can play hooky, or they can pillage The Criterion Collection from their laptops in bed.

Fantastic Fest is the product of a different time. The week-long party, hosted annually by theater chain and film distributor Alamo Drafthouse in its hometown of Austin, TX, is a film festival curated for Gen-Xers (and older snotty millennials, like myself) who savored their teenage…

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