Photo by Annie RayAlamo Drafthouse CEO and Founder Tim League will joining us in Las Vegas this summer at the inaugural SXSW V2V as a part of our 20/20 Vision speaker series. We couldn't be more thrilled that he will be able to share his vast entrepreneurial experience and vision with our attendees.
Tim League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, Tim left engineering and opened up his first movie theater. When that theater closed after a short run in 1995, he and his wife Karrie headed to Austin with 200 seats, a projector, screen, speakers and a passion to do it right the second time. They founded the Alamo Drafthouse in 1997, where as CEO League remains committed to providing creative programming and a zero tolerance policy for disruption during the theater experience. League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States and recently launched Drafthouse Films, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary and unusual films from around the world. Past releases include critically-acclaimed comedies FOUR LIONS and KLOWN, the rediscovered classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, and the Oscar-nominated BULLHEAD. When asked about his early qualifications for opening a movie theater, League answered "none, other than really liking movies, which I guess is the most important part." The Alamo Drafthouse is expanding nationwide to New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington DC, with many more on the horizon.