Film Festival Venues

Screenings for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival will take place in Austin, Texas. Seating for each screening is subject to capacity and will occur on a priority basis.

Film Festival Venues

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2017 Venues


Paramount Theatre

713 Congress Avenue
1100 seats | 15 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

Built in 1915, this historic theater is our largest venue, the location of many of our red carpet premieres and just a great place to see movies! Its rich historical background adds an irreplaceable magic and charm to your moviegoing experience that you won’t find elsewhere. Don’t get scared off by long lines out front. It holds a lot of people! Once inside, be sure to visit their full bar with snacks and enjoy the show.

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Vimeo Theater

500 Cesar Chavez Street in the Austin Convention Center
Ballroom A (Entrance by Cesar Chavez St. and Red River St.)
450 seats

Located inside the Austin Convention Center, the Vimeo Theater is at the heart of the conference and festival, surrounded by downtown bars and restaurants. It’s our second largest venue and is within walking distance of the Alamo Ritz, Stateside Theatre, and Paramount Theatre, and is near to Rainey Street, which is lined with bars and upscale restaurants. In addition to anticipated film premieres, this venue hosts some of our other screenings and special events. By the Vimeo Theater, you’ll find the Film Poster Gallery where we showcase and celebrate the collaboration between filmmakers and designers here at the festival.

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ZACH Theatre

202 South Lamar Blvd.
420 seats | 27 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

The striking ZACH Theatre will host a full array of screenings including Red Carpets, Episodics, and much more. Here you can easily grab a drink from the bar or a bite to eat before your screening. Not only does it have a parking lot nearby, it’s also handily located on the Festival Shuttle route and is only a brief walk from the Alamo Lamar, Rollins Theatre at The Long Center and Long Center Terrace. The ZACH will also be hosting our closing night film!

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Stateside Theatre

719 Congress Avenue
298 seats | 15 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

This vintage movie house was built next door to the Paramount Theatre, and within sight of the State Capitol building, in 1935. In addition to high profile premieres, this is home to our Narrative Competition Premiere screenings and many Midnight Premiere Screenings! Plus, this historic theater has a full bar and snacks.

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Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

701 West Riverside Drive
210 seats | 19 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

This venue is located on the street level of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. It has easy parking and if you’re not driving, the Festival Shuttle will take you there on its route between downtown and The ZACH Theatre. Catching a screening at the Rollins promises an immersive and ideal viewing experience. Don’t forget to check out the full drink and snack bar while you’re there.

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Alamo Lamar

1120 South Lamar Blvd
A: 126 seats, B: 126 seats, C: 86 seats D: 198 seats E: 198 seats | 40 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

The Alamo Lamar is back with five screens for the festival this year! The Alamo Lamar will show an array of programming and hosts Midnight screenings all 9 days of the fest. This venue will spoil any other traditional moviegoing experiences for you. It offers a full menu of food and drink that they bring right to your seat including beer, liquor, and wine. When you’re not taking in a film, check out the revamped Highball directly adjacent to the theater with it’s extensive bar selection and relaxing patio area.

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Alamo Ritz

320 East 6th Street
1: 172 seats, 2: 69 seats | 9 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

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. They serve a full menu of food and drink at your seat, including beer and liquor. The Alamo Ritz will host the Documentary Competition Premiere screenings and many Midnight Premiere screenings. During the Midnight Premieres, both screens will show the same film simultaneously with streamed Intros and Q&As to the second screen. It’s a great venue, but the screenings fill up fast. Plan to arrive extra early to ensure that you’ll get a seat!

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Long Center Terrace

701 West Riverside Drive | 19 minute walk from Austin Convention Center

The Long Center Terrace will play host to our SXSW Outdoor Film Screening Series! Three nights of film, food and fun on the Long Center Lawn on Saturday, March 11th, Monday, March 13th and Tuesday, March 14th. Doors open at 6pm each day!

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