Has there ever been a better time to escape into the soothing oblivion of a dark movie theater? Not to mention one where you can drink at your seat and where you're expressly forbidden from using your phone?

New Mission 100th Anniversary Montage from Alamo Drafthouse on Vimeo.

I'm talking about Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin-based chain of dine-in movie theaters whose location in the Mission District has been around not even a year but where they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New Mission Theater building itself. To ring in a century, they're celebrating San Francisco cinema (movies set here, local filmmakers, etc.) and also screening films that played the theater back in its original heyday.

The celebration has been going on since November 1, but it's picking up in earnest with Crumb, Zodiac, and a screening of Mrs. Doubtfire with director Chris Columbus set to attend all coming up. There's also a showing of Medicine For Melancholy, the debut feature set in San Francisco from director Barry Jenkins, most recently of Moonlight. And don't miss Diary of a Teenage Girl, which our film critic Rain Jokinen called "perfect, frank, and true" when it arrived in theaters last year. To cap it off: a screening of The Last Waltz with Robbie Robertson attending. Tickets for that aren't yet on sale but will be this week. Personally I think that Martin Scorsese's concert documentary about The Band's final show (at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom in 1976) should be screened on Thanksgiving, because that's when it took place. But hey, I'll watch it twice. The full schedule for the anniversary festivities is here.

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