Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
HARRY POTTER author, J.K. Rowling, once said, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
That statement couldn’t be any more heartwarming to hear. It’s comforting to know that no matter where you are in your life, you can pick back up with these characters, like old friends, and escape to their magical world. The way these stories are written for both page and screen are fantastically detailed and lived-in. Really, it’s the ultimate fantasy.
Television Networks like Freeform and HBO know how special these films are to audiences and therefore host multiple HARRY POTTER Weekends a year. And without much hesitation, we cancel all plans and snuggle with our fellow muggles to watch all eight films back to back. (It’s pretty much the best weekends of every year.)
However, if you want to change your setting, chow down on some tasty food and sip on some to-die-for butterbeer, why not return to Hogwarts by way of the Alamo Drafthouse?
The theater, located in Richardson, is extending the usual weekend-on-TV Potter bonanza to a week-long event on the big screen. The cinema will screen all eight movies and are even throwing in 2016’s FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM for good measure. Re-watch or introduce a lucky somebody to the beloved franchise in the format that it’s meant to be seen in.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Series kicks off tonight with HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE at 6:45 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, with each proceeding film screening the following day at the same time (except on Saturday and Sunday, which will be around 4 p.m.). And to top it all off, the Alamo even has an exclusive menu for the event that includes the already-mentioned butterbeer (a buttered apple cider made with and without alcohol) and a treacle tart (a tart dough with crunchy flakes tossed in golden syrup and blueberries, served with whipped cream).
I solemnly swear I’m up to no good. So be like me and leviosa yourself over to the Alamo and let the magic begin!
For all screening and ticket information, visit drafthouse.com and choose Dallas-Fort Worth as your theater location.
Feature Photo: A scene from the first ‘Harry Potter’ movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ shows Harry Potter played by Daniel Radcliffe, left, Ron Weasley played by Rupert Grint, and Hermione Grainger, played by Emma Watson. Courtesy of Peter Mountain/Warner Bros.