Tim League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, Tim left engineering and opened up his first movie theater. When that theater closed after a short run in 1995, he and his wife Karrie headed to Austin with 200 seats, a projector, screen, speakers and a passion to do it right the second time. They founded the Alamo Drafthouse in 1997, where as CEO League remains committed to providing creative programming and a zero tolerance policy for disruption during the theater experience. League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States, and launched Drafthouse Films, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary and unusual films from around the world. Past releases include critically-acclaimed comedies FOUR LIONS and KLOWN, the rediscovered classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, and the Oscar-nominated BULLHEAD and THE ACT OF KILLING. When asked about his early qualifications for opening a movie theater, League answered, “None, other than really liking movies, which I guess is the most important part.” The Alamo Drafthouse is expanding nationwide to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Brooklyn, with many more on the horizon.
League and his wife Karrie founded the Alamo Drafthouse in 1997. League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States, and launched Drafthouse Films, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films from around the world.