SXSW Film Festival Venues

Screenings for the 2016 SXSW Film Festival will take place in Austin, Texas. Seating for each screening is subject to capacity and will occur on a priority basis. Find out more information about line procedure or jump to transportation options in Austin.

SXSW Film Festival Venues

713 Congress Ave | Austin, TX 78701
1100 seats

Built in 1915, this historic theatre is our largest venue and the location of many high-profile red carpet premieres. Don’t get scared off by long lines out front. It holds a lot of people! Snacks and bar available at this venue.

719 Congress Ave | Austin, TX 78701
298 seats

This vintage movie house was built next door to the Paramount Theatre and within sight of the State Capitol building in 1935. Snacks and bar available at this venue.

500 Cesar Chavez | Austin Convention Center
New Location: Ballroom A
(Entrance by Cesar Chavez & Red River)
450 seats

Located inside the Austin Convention Center, the Vimeo Theater is at the heart of the Conference and Festival and will host screenings and Film Keynote sessions. It’s our 2nd largest venue and is within walking distance of Alamo Ritz, Stateside and Paramount Theatres. Snacks and bar available at a nearby kiosk.

202 South Lamar | Austin, TX 78704
420 seats

The striking Topfer Theatre is the latest addition to the 78 year old ZACH and will host red carpet premieres and more. Handily located on the SXSW Festival Shuttle route, it's also a brief walk from the Rollins Theatre and Alamo Lamar. Snacks and bar available at this venue.

320 East 6th Street | Austin, TX 78701
Alamo Ritz 1: 172 seats
Alamo Ritz 2: 69 seats
Alamo Ritz 1 & 2 combined: 241

The Ritz is an intimate, two screen theater located on 6th Street in the heart of Austin’s club district, only a few blocks away from the Austin Convention Center. It’s a great venue but the screenings fill up fast, so plan to arrive extra early to ensure you get in. Full menu and bar available at this venue.

1120 South Lamar Blvd. | Austin, TX 78704
Alamo Lamar A: 191 seats
Alamo Lamar B: 126 seats
Alamo Lamar C: 126 seats
Alamo Lamar D: 191 seats

The newly renovated Alamo Lamar will host three different screens for the duration of the festival, so plenty of chances to catch must-see films here. Full menu and bar available at this venue.

701 West Riverside Drive | Austin, TX 78704
210 seats

Located at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, this venue is also close to a SXSW Festival Shuttle stop. Snacks and bar available at this venue.

701 West Riverside Drive | Austin, TX 78704
1000 seats

Conveniently located by the Rollins Theatre, the Long Center Terrace will host three nights of free outdoor screenings. Food trucks and bar available at this venue.

5701 W. Slaughter Lane | Austin, TX 78739
130 seats

Outside the downtown footprint, this local favorite will host many screenings over the course of the festival. Full menu and bar available at this venue.

6226 Middle Fiskville Rd | Austin, TX 78752
278 seats

Further enhancing the wider SXSW Film experience, just north of downtown Austin resides the Marchesa Theatre. It is also the year-round home of the Austin Film Society. Snacks and bar available at this venue.

Getting Around

Pack your walking shoes – most downtown SXSW Film Venues are within walking distance of each other.

Film Venue Walking Distance


Free to all SXSW badges and Wristband holders, the SXSW Festival Shuttle is a circulating shuttle that runs between the Austin Convention Center and most SXSW Film Venues. Shuttles will leave the Austin Convention Center approximately every 7 - 10 minutes during conference hours, but run into the wee hours of the morning. One circulating route will take you from the Paramount Theatre all the way to the Alamo Lamar, and places in between. Track the shuttles in real time on the SXSW GO app or at

Operating Hours:

  • Friday, March 11: 10:30am - 2:30am*
  • Saturday, March 12 through Saturday, March 19: 9:00am - 2:30am*

*Reduced frequency from 11pm - 2:30am

Transportation Options at SXSW 2016Biking Around Austin
B-cycle, Austin's bike-share system, has stations conveniently placed by nearly all official SXSW Film Venues. Day access passes are available at each B-station, all you need is a credit card. Use code SXcycles2016 before 3/10 to purchase a 50% off day pass.

Transportation Options at SXSW 2016Free Rides With Mazda Express
Mazda, Super Sponsor and the official automobile partner of SXSW, is bringing a fleet of Mazdas to Austin to help you get to every inspiring event on your checklist. This service is complimentary, and you can save time by pre-registering for Mazda Express or sign up at the Austin Convention Center.

Transportation Options at SXSW 2016Catch A Lyft
Download the Lyft app to get a ride in minutes. New users, get $20 off your first ride with the code SXSW2016. Code is redeemable in Austin only and must be redeemed by April 30, 2016 and used within 30 days after redeeming.

Transportation Options at SXSW 2016Your Chariot Awaits
Pedicabs are a common sight in the downtown Austin area and operate for a pre-negotiated tip. Flag one down for shorter trips between SXSW venues.

Public Transit
During SXSW, Capital Metro offers a variety of services to get you where you need to be.

Area parking ranges in price and availability. Arriving into the downtown area early is the best bet for securing parking. Parking locations and availability can be found on the City of Austin's website.

Accessibility at SXSW Film for Attendees with Disabilities
For more information please visit our Accessibility at SXSW page.