Today, Alamo Drafthouse attendees in Austin, TX were welcomed to a surprise appearance by Nicolas Cage to C4GED, the 4th annual marathon of Nicolas Cage movies to celebrate the month of his birth.
During the opening happy birthday song, Nicolas Cage walked out on stage and launched immediately into a breathtaking reading of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, captured in the intro video below.
He then proceeded to spend the next 12 hours watching Nicolas Cage films that he personally programmed with the most rabid Nicolas Cage fans in the country. And also presiding over an in-theater marriage proposal.
I happened to be at the theater to see another movie becasue I had blown it and missed tickets this year. As I was waiting for my movie the first of five movies was about to end and low and behold Mr. Cage himself walks out of the theater.
I utter something in the lines of “Happy Birthday and thank you for coming out” He stops in his tracks walks 8 feet over to me, grabs my already held out hand and shakes it vigorously and Says “Thank you, really, really, thank you.. I hope you are doing well”
He walks away and I promise internally to never wash that hand again, for it has touched greatness beyond words.
Photo credit: Heather Kennedy
Check out the video below of Nicolas Cage and his breathtaking reading of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.
Every year for the last four years, programmer Greg MacLennan has lined up a secret marathon of five Nicolas Cage movies, one of the most popular events at the Alamo Drafthouse. This year’s event sold out within five minutes after going on sale. And every year, a valiant attempt has been made to host the man himself in celebration of his cinematic life. In 2016, things came close and he sent a letter to the audience, promising if it were scheduled for another year he would make an appearance. “This is and will always be the greatest day of my life, I apologize to my unborn future child,” said Alamo Drafthouse programmer Greg MacLennan.
“I’m thrilled to say I made it to C4GED. I’ve been trying to get here before, never happened, but I was always very touched that this was occurring here in Austin,” said Nicolas Cage.
The 2017 marathon at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar was programmed by Nicolas Cage himself, selecting the following lineup. Mr. Cage watched all 5 movies with the audience.
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD
ARMY OF ONE
LORD OF WAR
About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. Twenty years later, the now 25-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. 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 genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, 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 Drafthouse Films, founded in 2010, which has already garnered three Academy Award nominations and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform for movie lovers.
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