Night Flight’s Stuart Shapiro hosts a special “Night Flight” night at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Ritz this Sunday

By on April 7, 2016

This upcoming Sunday — April 10, 2016 — Night Flight creator/founder Stuart S. Shapiro will be making a special guest appearance at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on 6th Street in Austin, TX, the quirky, full-service movie theater where a nearly 90-minute film of memorable “Night Flight” highlights will be screened.

UPDATE!! This event is now sold out (it was moved to a larger theater at the Ritz) but we will be doing more of these events with other Alamo Drafthouse locations soon, so keep your eyes peeled for details!

Featured in the collage-style documentary — an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 — are a diverse variety of familiar names who appeared on our 80s TV show, which was broadcast on the USA Network, including: B.B. King, Boy George, Devo, Divine, Frank Zappa, former president George Bush, Grace Jones, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cartoon, Johnny Thunders, Julian Lennon, KISS, Lou Reed, Malcolm McLaren, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne, former president Ronald Reagan, Simon Le Bon, Wendy O. Williams, along with “New Wave Theatre“‘s Peter Ivers and special taped performances by Angry Samoans, D.I., Fear, Gun Club and Nervous Gender, along with classic video from All You Need Is Love,, “Queen: Under Review 1973-1980” and much more!


Here’s more from the Alamo Drafthouse website:

“NIGHT FLIGHT—fuzzily remembered by ’80s punks who tuned in after stumbling home from shows, or, if you’re a little bit younger and had no boundaries, watched all night long at a Saturday night sleepover—represents the golden age of basic cable television. The variety program ran overnight on Fridays and Saturdays on the USA Network, and featured music videos, short films, documentaries, and animation like Bambi Meets Godzilla and Mr. Bill. And with MTV still in its infancy, Night Flight was the place to catch all the coolest punk and New Wave music videos. It was intended as “a beacon of fresh cutting-edge entertainment that was just not available anywhere on TV,” according to show creator Stuart S. Shapiro.” (AV Club)

Shows from original Night Flight original catalogue are being made available via the exclusive streaming service Night Flight Plus, along with hundreds of feature films. Join us for a special big-screen tribute to the most radically fun, nostalgically cranium-bursting television program of all time. An ecstatic assault featuring some the weirdest and wildest Night Flight moments of all time!


The goal of Night Flight Plus is to resurrect the editorial spirit of Night Flight with the same original curatorial edge they had in the ’80s for a new generation. This time around Night Flight’s special brew will be available anytime, anywhere, not just 3 A.M. in 1984.

Night Flight Plus
is now streaming via its premium subscription service, currently available on Roku and Chromecast devices. (The service will be available on Apple TV and possibly other services in the near future.)

A subscription to Night Flight Plus runs $2.99 a month or $29.99 for the year $4.99 for a monthly premium subscription or a $39.99/yearly subscription/membership.


The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded in 1997 by Tim and Karrie League, but the location has been around a long time, officially opening as the Ritz Theater on October 13, 1929, when it was built by J.J. Hegman, who owned several Austin-area movie theaters.

Back then, the theater primarily showed first-run westerns (with a lower ticket price than any other theater in town) and frequently country music acts and western movie actors — like Wild Bill Elliott and Dub Taylor — would appear in person, performing for the audience before the movies.

The Ritz theater has had a long, long history — for three years in the early 1970s it was even an adult movie theater, and it has also been a rock venue where all kinds of bands have taken the stage (punk bands, local Texas acts, etc.) — but since 2007, the Ritz has been the flagship location of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, who moved to the downtown 6th location many years ago.

Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand comprised of an acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art store. Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.

Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios.

The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States.

More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website.

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – 320 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 861-7020


Here’s more about our Night Flight video blog’s mostly-retro Film and Cult posts:

Our blog’s film section continues to be our most popular, and we’ve already featured a wide variety films — and many original 80s “Night Flight” favorites — since we launched Night Flight on May 1st, 2015, everything from animation (Russian, French and Czech animation, flash animation cartoons, etc.), experimental films, children’s films, educational films and propaganda, blockbusters, horror films, film noirs, documentaries of all types (including music documentaries), film trailers and mock trailers, short films, student films, supercuts (special edits from Eric Zaldivar, Jacob T. Swinney, Marcus Rosentrater, and others), training films, and on and on… etc.

Here’s just a sampling: Forbidden Zone ; Russ Meyer’s Beyond The Valley of the Dolls ; Proctor & Bergman’s J-Men Forever ; Americathon ; Heavy Metal Parking Lot (and all of the parking lot films!) ; The Terror Of Tiny Town ; Ladisla Starewicz’s wonderfully odd little stop-motion animation films, including The Devil’s Ball ; The Night of the Hunter ; Carnival of Souls ; Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video ; Zabriskie Point; the Social Distortion documentary Another State of Mind ; Pinball Summer ; Jodoworsky’s Dune ; Penelope Spheeris’s The Decline of Western Civilization ; Frank Zappa’s Roxy: The Movie ; Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents ; John Carpenter’s Dark Star ; and our most popular Night Flight post to date, the Dark Brothers’s 1985 porn film, New Wave Hookers, the adult film that changed the X-rated adult film industry.

Our Cult section is where many of our posts that aren’t easily categorized usually end up — like birthday posts ; R.I.P. remembrance posts about some really interesting people who passed on this year ; weird stuff goin’  on at Disneyland ; VHS tape stories and posts about video games ; our favorite vintage breakfast cereals and Saturday morning cartoons ; book trailers and novel excerpts, and so much more.

Some of our favorites in this category have been John Sebastian’s memories about the Burbank, CA commune he lived in around the time of Woodstock ; our profile of the quirky Captain Sticky; and lots of posts about everything related to TV, that glorious cool fire, including some of our favorite vintage TV commercials ; a few of our favorite TV shows, and some you may have missed ; a few “Night Flight”-inspired cable access TV shows ; and, more specifically, Andy Kaufman’s last appearance on TV, by his friend and colleague, Night Flight contributor Michael Dare ; forgotton network TV shows like “Turn-On,” “Something Else” and “The New People” ; our epic look back at the pilot episode of David Lynch‘s “Twin Peaks“… we’d better stop here, but seriously, check it out, the Cult section is pretty frickin’ awesome.


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