Video Vortex, at Alamo Drafthouse, 2116-D New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, is not only a video store, but is also an immersive video-themed bar.
You can enjoy 40 local beers on tap (or take them home in a can.)
You can take home up to two rental titles at a time. For free. they’ve got all kinds of films on Blue-Ray, DVD and even VHS.
They’ll even rent you a VCR and tell you how to use it.
So if you’re looking for something you can’t find streaming, check out Video Vortex!
On this page we’re mostly focusing on events at Video Vortex, but we will also include some low-priced events in the Alamo Drafthouse theater.
Here’s some of what’s coming up:
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Join us for a totally PAW-some special edition of TRIVIADOME in celebration of the release of CATS, with totally radi-CLAW trivia centered on our furry feline friends! It’s bound to be the most purr-fect evening of movie trivia spanning the scope of cats in cinema!
In addition to our regular first, second, and third place prizes of Alamo Food & Beverage Vouchers, we will also be offering a fantastic addition to our first place finishers!
First place for this CATS-TACULAR edition of TRIVIADOME will also receive the following:
A $125 gift certificate from our friends at SAFE Haven for Cats, which will cover the cost of a cat adoption!
In addition, our neighbors at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital will provide a free first visit for your brand new furry friend!
Please keep in mind that you can use this cat adoption for yourself, but it also makes a great gift for a loved one!
Come dressed as your favorite cat in cinema, or arrive early to get your face painted with some whiskers and receive a cat ears headband to get in the feline fine spirit!
This is a totally FREE event! Slink on out and test your knowledge on all things cats in the movies!
Kung Fu Bingo
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Watch a ridiculous kung fu flick in the Video Vortex bar! You’ll be given a bingo sheet with classic kung fu tropes like BACKFLIP, SWORD, PONYTAIL, et al. – See the trope in the film, and slap down a chip! Get bingo, and win amazing prizes!
And don’t forget the physical challenges where you train to become a Kung Fu Bingo Master!
Free to see, free to play! No sign up needed.
Retro-Cade Game Night
Every Tuesday, scheduled through December 17th, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Experience a radical retro game night with tons of FREE play on everything from NES to SEGA to 2000+ retro games on the incredible arcade stick, which is projected on a 6 x 6 ft screen in the bar.
Also enjoy retro board gaming.
Every Wednesday, through August 5th, 2020
Seven rounds of seven questions of motion picture trivia for casual filmgoers or cinephiles with total recall of reel information. Up to 7 players can band their brains together to triumph over the other teams. The top three win prizes, with rewards for correctly answered bonus questions awarded throughout the night.
Every Monday, scheduled through December 30th, 2019
Bring your best movie-loving friends and put your collective movie knowledge to the test as you answer questions that explore the full spectrum of cinema culture both new and old, classic and obscure!
Spend your Monday night in a wonderful world of movie love, learning, and laughs – and win prizes. Movie tickets, Video Vortex gear and more can be yours – if you know your film facts!
Limit 6 people per team.
All Y’all Open Mic Night
First Thursday of month January 2nd to June 4th, 2020
Come one and all to the Video Vortex / Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh Open Mic Night co-presented by Emo Raleigh Bring yourself, your friends, and whatever talents you’d like to share! We welcome comedy, music, poetry and everything in-between!