New to Fidi: Alamo Drafthouse
I couldn’t do the presser at Alamo Drafthouse on Friday morning, so I asked local photographer Max Guliani to take my invitation and give us a good look at the place. Long-awaited cinema is definitely taking a new turn.
Theaters are only a few rows deep – between 29 and 56 seats in total. And they serve food at the seats. (See ordering system detail below, although you can also order when you purchase your ticket online; the menu is here.) The waiters are trained to quietly answer orders throughout the movie from inside the cinema. They also encourage you to come half an hour in advance for “pre-show entertainment” – a curated collection of rare and humorous clips on the theme of each movie. See the program here. Tickets cost $ 18.50.
The newsroom bar will eventually have 48 taps and a bar manager who creates craft cocktails and features 1938 Vandercook typography that prints custom posters for events – this is a real press, not a wax figure ! On weekends, he will print souvenir postcards from old plaques.
I’ll give them a few weeks and then taste the menu. They weren’t offering food at the press premiere, but Max said the place was amazing and provided “a more intimate experience than the Regal Theaters in Battery Park City.”
The theater chain, which was founded in Austin, is also famous for its no-tolerance policy when it comes to texting and chatting, and will reject a customer if they don’t either. They have some well-known PSAs featuring Ann Richards, Jeff Goldblum, and others, but this one is the best:
Alamo Raffle House
28 Freedom at lower level
between Nassau and Guillaume