There is absolutely NO PARKING downtown. Illegal parking will get you towed in a nanosecond. I missed two films trying my damndest to find parking. None. Anywhere.
Good luck. I call an hour or more in advance. No luck. I’ve missed three films because I couldn’t get a cab. Drive my own vehicle to the venue? See above.
We in Austin love the Alamo Drafthouse South. My favorite theater, probably ever. I’ve been bounced from two films thus far as I watched the entire Pass line get turned away. After fighting traffic, desperately looking for a parking place, then standing in line for a long time only to be turned away at the last minute… sucks.
Your intrepid reporter wishes he could’ve seen more groovy celluloid to report to you, but alas, SXSW has grown to gargantuan proportions that are hard for me to even try and wrap my mind around.
As much as this intrepid reporter LOOOOOOOVES SXSW Film Festival, the inherent problems he’s faced have made it a pain in the ass. It’s no fun anymore, and isn’t that the purpose, the point?
Still though, the films I’ve been able to see (with the exception of 1 shit film) have made it almost worth it. But… fuck………………
City of Austin – WE HAVE A PARKING PROBLEM FOLKS!
SXSW – IF IT GETS TOO BIG IT STOPS BEING FUN!