Alamo Drafthouse's founders share how they created the coolest movie theater in America


Changing career paths is fairly common today - something Tim and Karrie League know all too well. In 1997, the then engineer and research biologist left their careers behind and opened the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas.

What started as a second-run movie theater, screening films for low prices long after their initial release, now offers everything from live score readings to specialty cocktails. And of course there's the beer - the theater offers an extensive selection of ales and lagers to satisfy even the toughest beer aficionado.

With little to no business experience, the couple has transformed the warehouse-turned-movie theatre into something much bigger than they ever expected: Today, there are more than 11 locations across the US.

As part of our Fast Track Q&A series, we interviewed the couple at the one of the first locations of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin. Tim and Karrie speak candidly about the hardest part of starting a business, managing finances, advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, and the strangest request they've ever gotten.

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