The Long Shelved ‘Area 51’ to Finally Get Released, Exclusive Showings at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

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Oren Peli and Paramount Pictures had a fruitful partnership when the studio released the filmmaker’s found footage film Paranormal Activity. Since then, there have been numerous sequels and the found footage subgenre of horror has exploded. But there was always the question surrounding Area 51, the found footage film by Peli that has been sitting on the shelf since 2009. After years of questions and specultation as to whether or not we’d ever get to see the film, the question was finally answered. Paramount has announced that Area 51 will be available on VOD platforms starting on May 15th. For those who want to see Area 51 on the big screen, you’ll have that opportunity for one weekend only at Alamo Drafthouse locations. You can see the trailer for Area 51 here.

Area 51 isn’t the only film that Paramount and Alamo Drafthouse are bringing to theaters, they’re also releasing Drunk Wedding. Like Area 51, Drunk Wedding will play for one weekend at Alamo Drafthouse locations and will also be available on VOD platforms starting on May 22nd. Of course, Drunk Wedding doesn’t have the mysterious backstory of a 6-year wait behind it.

Go to Drafthouse.com for showtime and ticket information.

Here’s the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 23, 2015) – Paramount Insurge today announced that “AREA 51” and “DRUNK WEDDING” will receive one-weekend-only limited engagements exclusively at 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations in May. Additionally, the films will be available day-and-date on VOD and all digital platforms.

“AREA 51” will debut Friday, May 15th and run through Sunday, May 17th with one showtime daily. Tickets are on sale online and at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas box offices beginning Monday, May 11th. The found footage horror film will also be available May 15th on VOD and all digital platforms.

“AREA 51” is directed by Oren Peli, written by Oren Peli and Christopher Denham and produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film follows Reid, who has always been obsessed with UFOs. While on a weekend trip to Vegas, he convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence. Starring Reid Warner, Jamel King, Ben Rovner and Jelena Nik.

“DRUNK WEDDING” will play the following weekend, Friday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 24th, with one showtime daily. Tickets are on sale online and at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas box offices beginning Friday, May 18th. The comedy will debut on VOD and all digital platforms on May 22nd.

Directed by Nick Weiss, written by Nick & Anthony Weiss and produced by Brad Weston, Couper Samuelson and John Hamburg, “DRUNK WEDDING” centers on a couple with the perfect destination wedding. The problem is that all of their friends from college are coming and when this crew gets together, the only thing that is promised is that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. What is the worst that can happen with 12 friends, too much tequila, and everything caught on tape? It’s a wedding video everyone will want to forget, if only they can find it. The film stars Christian Cooke, Victoria Gold, Dan Gill, Anne Gregory, Genevieve Jones, Nate Lang, Diana Newton, J.R. Ramirez, Nick Ross and Bethany Dwyer.

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