Calling all cool cats and “meow”-vie lovers! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the acclaimed cinema eatery, is opening its first Chicago location in Wrigleyville in early 2023. To celebrate its arrival and 25th anniversary, Alamo Drafthouse is hosting Movie Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo!
This epic night of film and wildlife is part of Alamo Drafthouse’s 25th Anniversary cross-country Rolling Roadshow Tour.
General Admission ($15) includes:
- An interactive screening of the 2019 musical CATS outside at the zoo, as only the Alamo Drafthouse can do it, complete with pre-show, movie props and fun surprises*
- Movie trivia with great prizes
- A DJ playing classic soundtracks and hits
- Animal chats, lawn games, and free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure
KING OF THE JUNGLE ticket ($30) includes:
- All elements of General Admission plus:
- Alamo Drafthouse’s THE LION KING Family Party in Pepper Family Wildlife Center! Watch Disney’s classic 1994 film next to a real pride of lions, complete with cub.
- Experience an Alamo Drafthouse Family Party with themed crafts, face painting, and goodies for the kids.
*limited quantity available on first-come, first-serve basis
Tickets are $15 for General Admission.
Tickets are $30 for KING OF THE JUNGLE admission, which includes THE LION KING screening. VIP tickets are limited.
All tickets include entry to the zoo starting at 6 p.m. plus entry to all open zoo buildings except Pepper Family Wildlife Center. Only guests with KING OF THE JUNGLE tickets will be able to enter Pepper Family Wildlife Center.
Please note that movie run times will overlap. If you purchase KING OF THE JUNGLE tickets for THE LION KING you will only be able to catch the tail end of CATS.
All guests must have a ticket, regardless of age.
This is an all-ages event.
Members get 10 percent off tickets to all zoo events. Not a member? Join the Zoo
Current members: to apply your discount, enter the first three digits of your member ID in the “Enter Promotional Code” field when purchasing tickets.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, celebrating its 25th anniversary, was founded in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin, TX. Twenty-five years later, with 36 locations and counting, Alamo Drafthouse has been called “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. A September 2018 Market Force Information survey of nearly 13,000 moviegoers across the country gave Alamo Drafthouse the #1 ranking for Favorite Movie Theater, Best Service, and all food and beverage-related categories.
Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run movies, independent films and special events with an extensive menu made from scratch. Guests order all food and drinks from servers who quietly attend to them throughout the movie from inside the theater. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Instead of a barrage of advertising, Alamo Drafthouse shows a curated collection of rare and humorous clips themed to each feature.
Additionally, Alamo Drafthouse protects the theatrical experience with a zero tolerance policy for people who disrupt the film with talking or texting. Alamo Drafthouse’s “Don’t Talk” PSAs have frequently received national attention, and have featured former Texas Governor Ann Richards, Jeff Goldblum and a velociraptor, Georgie from IT, THE ROOM director and star Tommy Wiseau, and one very angry voicemail.
For developments on the new Alamo Drafthouse Wrigleyville, visit drafthouse.com, follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for email updates via the Alamo Victory loyalty program at drafthouse.com/victory
Are there age restrictions for this event?
No. This is an all-ages event.
I’m a member. How do I redeem my discount?
To apply your discount, enter the first three digits of your member ID in the “Enter Promotional Code” field when purchasing tickets.
Is this event accessible?
Yes, Lincoln Park Zoo is an accessible facility. Please visit our Accessibility page for information on parking, paratransit services, restrooms, and services for guests with disabilities or those who have sensory processing needs.
I am no longer able to attend. Can I exchange my tickets or get a refund?
Unfortunately, Lincoln Park Zoo does not offer refunds. However, if you are not able to attend you are welcome to pass your tickets along to another guest.
Will there be food and beverages for sale?
Yes! Park Place Café and select food and beverage venues will be open, offering great options for both kids and adults. Lincoln Park Zoo also offers vegetarian and gluten-free menu items. Popcorn vendors and other concession carts will also be open for movie snacks!
Will there be alcoholic beverages available?
Yes! Beer, wine, and a signature cocktail will be available for purchase for guests 21+.
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Tickets are only available online. If tickets are still available at the time of the event, you may be able to purchase them on your mobile device as you arrive. Unfortunately, we are not able to process transactions at the gate.
Is parking available?
Paid parking is available in the zoo’s parking lot at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (set your GPS to: 2400 North Cannon Drive). The zoo is also accessible by CTA train via the Armitage and Fullerton stations, and by bus via the 22, 36, 151, and 156 routes.
What if the weather is bad?
All Lincoln Park Zoo events take place rain or shine. Many animal buildings are open to explore if it’s hot or rainy, and the carousel is covered. Park Place Café also has plenty of indoor restaurant seating. At this event, KING OF THE JUNGLE guests will be seated indoors for THE LION KING.
What can’t I bring or do?
Outside food and beverage is prohibited.
There is no smoking at Lincoln Park Zoo for the health and safety of the animals in our care.
Pets are not allowed at the zoo, but licensed service animals are welcome in all outdoor spaces and many indoor ones. Service animals may not enter Pepper Family Wildlife Center, Helen Brach Primate House, or the cow feeding area, goat yard, or pony demonstration area at Farm-In-the-Zoo for the safety of guests, zoo animals, and the service animals themselves.
Lincoln Park Zoo’s Code of Conduct can be found here.