Alamo Drafthouse VHStival in Raleigh is celebrating VHS format

Josh Schafer, who works as the co-manager and "VHS Culture Captain" at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Raleigh looks over the shelves of VHS tapes that can be rented for free on Friday afternoon, June 15, 2018. The Alamo Drafthouse aims to bring back old-fashioned videotapes with Video Vortex located at the front of the cinema.Juli Leonard

On Oct. 20 and 21, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is hosting the first VHStival, an event that celebrates everything related to the VHS tape.

Organizers, in press materials, promise two “fun-filled and nostalgia-soaked days and nights” featuring screenings, special appearances and assorted analog-driven events. That includes rare screenings of video classics.

Screenings include Gary P. Cohen’s “Video Violence” (1987), Jeff Lieberman’s “Remote Control” (1988), Ross Sutherland’s “Stand by for Tape Back-up” (2015), the “WNUF Halloween Special,” Chris Shaw’s “Split” (1989), Dan M. Kinem and Levi Peretic’s “Adjust Your Tracking” (2013) and and Jack Perez’s “America’s Deadliest Home Video” (1993).

It also includes the Found Footage Festival Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The touring festival is stopping in Raleigh to highlight the random videos that hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have collected over 25 years. The hosts are known for their work with The Onion and “The Colbert Report.”

There will be VHS swaps, VHS troubleshooting, a repair station and tips on preserving videocassettes inside the Alamo’s Video Vortex lobby. Those events are free. Screenings are $10 each. or

Also at the Alamo, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007) shows at Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. On Oct. 22, Sylvain Chomet’s “The Triplets of Belleville” (2003) screens as part of the Bike-In Movie series at 7:30 p.m., and David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” (1983) screens at 8 p.m.

On Oct. 24, it’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at 8:30 p.m. On Oct. 25, there will be a special Clown Screening of Andrés Muschietti’s 2017 horror hit “It” in which patrons are encouraged to dress as clowns. Details:

Other Highlights

▪ On Oct. 19, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a double feature of Robert Zemeckis’ 1992 fantasy comedy “Death Becomes Her,” followed by Andrew Fleming’s 1996 horror drama “The Craft.” The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. On Oct. 20-25, Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy classic “Labyrinth” screens as part of the Retro Film Series (check their website for showtimes). $8-$10.

On Oct. 23, there will be a free screening of James Redford’s 2016 documentary “Resilience” presented in conjunction with the Downtown Durham Rotary Club at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, the Moviediva Film Series is presenting Colin Higgins’ 1980 comedy classic “9 to 5” at 7 p.m. $7. Details: 919-560-3030 or

▪ Oct. 19, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Fall Film Series is showing Robert Montgomery’s 1947 crime drama “Ride the Pink Horse,” starring Montgomery, Thomas Gomez, and Wanda Hendrix. 8 p.m. $5 ($7 for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

▪ Oct. 19, the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill continues their new Friday Night Mojo series with Mika Kaurismäki’s 2011 documentary “Mama Africa.” On Oct. 20, the Saturday Night Fright series presents Peter Medak’s 1980 horror favorite “The Changeling.” Both features begin at 9:45 p.m. $7 for members/ Adult $9.75/$8 for students and military/$8.50 for seniors. Details:

▪ On Oct. 20, the Cary Theater is showing Dan Mirvish’s 2017 comedy drama “Bernard and Huey” at 7 p.m. On Oct. 21, Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic “Beetlejuice” screens at 2 p.m. On Oct. 25, it’s Alexandre O. Philippe’s 2014 zombie culture documentary “Doc of the Dead” at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., followed by Ari Aster’s 2018 horror drama “Hereditary” at 9 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or

▪ Oct. 24, CinéClassics at CinéBistro at Waverly Place in Cary is screening “Beetlejuice” at 7 p.m. $10. Details:


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