Tim League

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Tim League
Tim League, in front of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
Born United States
Alma mater Rice University
Occupation Theatre owner, film producer

Tim League is an American entrepreneur and film producer based in Austin, Texas who is the founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain and the founder of the Drafthouse Films film distribution company. He is also the co-founder of genre film festival Fantastic Fest. Via Roadhouse Films, League has produced films including The ABCs of Death.[1] In 2017, League co-founded Neon Releasing with Tom Quinn.

Alamo Drafthouse[edit]

League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. While at Rice, Tim was once detained by the campus police for interrupting a campus event while dressed as a banana. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil Company in Bakersfield, California, he left the engineering profession and opened up his first movie theater. An unmitigated financial disaster, the Tejon theater closed in 1995, and he loaded a truck with 200 seats, a projector, screen and speakers and headed to Austin, Texas to start the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where he remains as CEO today.[2]

When asked about his motivation in opening a movie theater in the first place, "What we set out to do in the very beginning was to make a movie theater by fans for fans. And we got into the business because we love movies and we got a little frustrated with our options as to what the movie theater experience was all about".[3]

Rolling Roadshow[edit]

League founded the Rolling Roadshow, which takes classic films around the country to project them at the site they were set in.

Fantastic Fest[edit]

Tim League along with Harry Knowles and Cole Dabney at the 2010 Fantastic Fest.

League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States. Fantastic Fest is an annual film festival in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 2005 by Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News, Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, and Tim McCanlies, writer of The Iron Giant and Secondhand Lions. The festival focuses on genre films such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, Asian, and cult. The festival takes place in September at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, filling three screens for eight days and hosting many writers, directors and actors, both well established and unknown. A notable feature of this festival is the inclusion of "special screenings" by Knowles. For these screenings, the audience often does not know what the film will be until seated, moments before it begins.[citation needed] It also features many themed parties, outings, food/film "feasts", and other events that are signature hallmarks of the original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. In 2007, Variety publisher Charles Koones included Fantastic Fest as one of "ten festivals we love".[4] In 2008, MovieMaker magazine named Fantastic Fest "one of the 25 film festivals worth the entry fee".[5]

Drafthouse Films[edit]

Drafthouse Films, a film distribution company. Their first release, the critically acclaimed Jihadi-comedy Four Lions, was distributed in 2010.


  1. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (January 25, 2013). "Paths to Expiring, in Alphabetical Order". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Benz, Kevin. "Tim League and the accidental drive home that became Alamo Drafthouse", CultureMap, Austin, TX, 23 April 2012.
  3. ^ League, Tim. "2012 Alamo Company Video", YouTube.
  4. ^ Brown, Todd (2007-12-05). "Variety Publisher Names Fantastic Fest One of Top Ten". Twitch. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  5. ^ MovieMaker, Spring 2008. MovieMaker

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