Circuit of The Americas™ partners with Alamo Drafthouse and The Horn-ESPN Austin on premiere party
In just a few days, the exhilaration of Formula 1 racing will rush onto the silver screen as the new Universal Pictures movie Rush, directed by two-time Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, premieres in theaters nationwide.
Circuit of The Americas, the only F1™ racetrack in the country and home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, is partnering with the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline and The Horn-ESPN Austin radio to throw a special Rush premiere party on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Film buffs and motorsports enthusiasts can catch the critically acclaimed movie depicting the real-life competition between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, whose exploits on and off the track made headlines in the 1970s, F1 racing’s golden era. The epic-action drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Lauda, whose clashes around the Grand Prix racing circuit epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.
Alamo Drafthouse will offer two special showings of Rush on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. CDT at its Lakeline location at 14028 North U.S. Highway 183, Building F, Austin, Texas 78717. Fans can enter drawings to win tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX set for Nov. 15-17 at Circuit of The Americas and check out a real Williams F1 Team show car. Additionally, the Speed City team from The Horn-ESPN Austin will provide live reports throughout the afternoon. The party officially begins at 11 a.m. CDT, and theater-goers are invited to arrive early to take pictures with the Williams F1 car and meet the Circuit’s COTA Girl ambassadors.
Tickets are available now through the Alamo Drafthouse website, http://drafthouse.com/austin and through the theater chain’s mobile app. Information about the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX is available at www.circuitoftheamericas.com.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.
Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is produced by Andrew Eaton (A Mighty Heart), Howard, Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Eric Fellner (Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Morgan and Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and executive produced by Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Todd Hallowell and Tim Bevan. Universal Pictures is distributing the film in North America. Rush was shot on location in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. For more information, visit www.rushmovie.com.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. 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 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 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 www.drafthouse.com.
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for Formula 1™ racing and is designed to host a variety of sports and entertainment events. The Circuit is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and is the new North American host of the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. Additionally Circuit of The Americas welcomes spectators from around the world for some of the most prestigious national and international motorsports series, including MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™, GRAND-AM Road Racing™, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships.
Circuit of The Americas’ 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and sporting use. Its signature 3.4-mile, 20-turn undulating racetrack features remarkable elevation changes and a number of challenging turns patterned after some of the world’s iconic Grand Prix tracks. The Austin360 Amphitheater is an expansive outdoor live music space, featuring the largest permanent stage in Central Texas and the capacity for 14,000 guests. The Circuit’s iconic 25-story Observation Tower has a viewing platform offering 360-degree views of the venue, downtown Austin and Texas Hill Country. The 44,000-square foot Event Center offers an expansive convention and banquet space that doubles as an international Media Center during sports and entertainment event. The Event Center includes more than 30 broadcast booths, an internal café and dedicated news conference room. The Circuit’s massive Main Grandstand features permanent seating for 9,000, a variety of well-appointed suites, and the
Velocity Lounge and hospitality area. Circuit of The Americas also offers a state-of-the-art on-site medical facility, parking for 25,000 vehicles, taxi and shuttle bus depots and a permanent heli-stop. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or the Circuit’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com.
About The Horn-ESPN Austin
The Horn-ESPN Austin is Austin’s home for coverage of sports all over central Texas and beyond. 104.9 FM gives you the local take on the top sports stories, including Austin’s only local morning sports radio show. In addition, 1260 AM is your source for opinions from the global resources of ESPN Radio. From the track to the field and everything in between, The Horn-ESPN Austin is where Austin talks sports.