Tim and Karrie League, founders of the Alamo Drafthouse, met and later graduated from Rice University in 1992. After graduation, Tim took his degree in mechanical engineering into a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, where he quickly realized that the oil field was not for him. He opened up his first movie theater in Bakersfield and Karrie joined him a month into operation, leaving a biomedical research position. When that theater closed in 1995, they headed to Austin with 200 theater seats, a projector, screen, speakers and a passion to do it right the second time. They founded the Alamo Drafthouse in 1997, providing creative programming and a zero tolerance policy for disruption during the theater experience. The Alamo Drafthouse has now opened theaters in eleven cities, with an additional four cities on the horizon.
The Drafthouse also provides space for numerous nonprofit and school fundraiser events. The Leagues are also active in historical preservation and in arts and education, with involvement or board membership in Preservation Austin, 6ixth Street Austin Association, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Golden Hornet Project, the Austin Film Society, and Austin Classical Guitar Society. Tim League is also a member of Austin Area Research Organization (AARO). They have twin daughters, Cassidy and Calliope.