AFF 2014: All About the Theaters

Austin Film Festival, Opening Night

Austin Film Festival has made very few changes to its standard list of theatrical screening venues for 2014.

For the conference, the primary venues will be the Driskill Hotel (of course), the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, and St. David's Episcopal Church (aka my favorite place to park during film festivals). But our focus here is on the theaters, since that's the Slackerwood area of expertise.

The Slackerwood team has assembled guides to each venue below, including nearby dining options, pros and cons, and proximity to other theater venues. Here are a few general notes, both for locals and out-of-towners at AFF this year.

  • If you live in Austin, AFF has a great set of venues since you can avoid downtown traffic/parking with the satellite theaters: Alamo Drafthouse Village and Galaxy Highland. If you're visiting from out of town, those theaters will not be easy for you to reach without your own car or some very kind friends. Other venues where it's easy to find free parking at night: Rollins at the Long Center and the two Texas State History Museum venues.
  • Most of the conference and festival takes place downtown, and you can easily walk between the above-mentioned conference venues and the Paramount, Stateside and The Hideout. You can also walk to/from these theaters and Rollins, but it's about a mile -- if you have time, stop just before/after you cross the bridge and take a break on 2nd Street, perhaps somewhere like Jo's Hot Coffee.
  • Moviegoing at AFF works best when you pick a theater where you think you'll like most of the offerings that day and stay put.  Venue-jumping can be logistically challenging unless you're going between the three downtown theaters or between the pair of museum theaters (IMAX and Texas Spirit).
  • If you're using a film pass, your best bet for marquee screenings will be the Paramount. Actually you stand a good chance at most AFF venues unless a big star is present, or it's the first screening of a locally made film. During the second half of the festival, you're golden.
  • If you are using a badge, remember that film passes will be let into the theater 20 minutes before the movie starts -- and once they start letting the passes in, you have to go to the back of the pass line. And once they start selling tickets and letting those people in, you have to get in line behind all of them. So get there 30 minutes early, at least.

Venue Type: Theater

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin TX 78757
6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin TX 78752
1800 North Congress, Austin TX 78701
713 Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78701
701 West Riverside Drive, Austin TX 78704
(512) 474-5664
719 Congress Ave., Austin TX 78701
1800 North Congress, Austin TX 78701
617 Congress Ave., Austin TX 78701
(512) 443-3688