Alamo Drafthouse (Austin, TX)
There are more than 20 Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the U.S. at this point, but it's the original lot, first founded in Austin in 1997, that have set the tone for the outposts that have followed. And by "tone" we mean a place for serious movie lovers only. The kind of cinephiles who are as excited by first-run superhero movies as they are a little-seen documentary.
Why It Stands Out: The Alamo doesn't play when it comes to disruptive patrons. Remember the theater owner that kicked out a girl for texting a few years back? That was The Alamo. Or the theater that created a fun series of anti-texting PSAs? That was The Alamo, too. And a few months back, founder Tim League took to Twitter to announce that he was banning Madonna from all Alamo theaters until she apologized for texting during a New York Film Festival screening of 12 Years a Slave.