Alamo will screen ‘Giant’ to benefit autism support

Posted: April 15, 2014

Star staff report

Kernstown — The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will screen the classic film “Giant” today as a fundraiser for autism support groups.

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, a portion of the sales of wine will benefit Virginia Autism Speaks and a portion of ticket sales will benefit Essential Pieces in Winchester.

Essential Pieces is a free educational group for parents of children with autism and professionals who serve the autism community in Winchester. It is sponsored by the Lutheran Family Services.

The 1956 film stars James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, and won for Best Director (George Stevens).

While the film is featured in a mural in the lobby at the Alamo in Kernstown, this will be the first time the film has been screened at the theater.

A general admission ticket is $9.50. A $40 ticket includes the movie ticket, and food and wine pairings (beer or non-alcoholic beverages can be substituted at no additional charge).

The event, which begins at 6:15 p.m., will feature a feast, wine pairing of wines from Jamieson Ranch, presented by Sante Beer, Wine and Gifts in Kernstown Commons.

Jamieson Ranch produces Reata, a wine named after the ranch in “Giant,” and Light Horse, a wine that supports The Light Horse Foundation. The foundation was formed by Jamieson Ranch to help individuals with autism and other humanitarian causes.

Executive chef Barbara Hineline said the menu was inspired by the setting of Reata, the Texas ranch in the film, in addition to the Alamo roots. “We are working with Jamieson Ranch because of the Reata label, and the philanthropy of the Light Horse Foundation, which ties into our own commitment of community involvement.”

The main course will be an oven-braised brisket with spicy corn souffle and sauteed green beans, paired with Whiplash Redemption, Napa, 2009.

The dessert will be peach cobbler with candied pecans and vanilla ice cream. Paired with Light Horse Chardonnay.

Contact Steve Nerangis at or 540-533-1766.