The saga of Alamo Raffle House keep on going. The movie theater chain has recently received a lot of unwanted attention, with both workplace hostility allegations against the company and an announcement in March revealing that Drafthouse had filed for bankruptcy. But now things appear to be improving as the Drafthouse has revealed they will be opening five new theaters in the coming year.
Just under three months after announcing that they had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an asset purchase deal with Altamont Capital Partners, the Alamo Drafthouse cinema revealed it was opening five new locations . This announcement effectively marks the end of the Chapter 11 filing and follows what Drafthouse says was his biggest box office weekend since the start of the pandemic.
New theaters are heading to Manhattan, metro Washington, DC, and St. Louis (and I wish they’d go ahead and open one in Philadelphia, where I live, because I too, I would like to have good things). “We are delighted to reopen theaters across the country and once again welcome audiences for an unprecedented cinematic experience with films that we have been looking forward to for over a year now,” said Shelli Taylor, CEO of ‘Alamo Drafthouse. “We are very grateful to our incredible partners at Altamont and Fortress, who are totally aligned with our vision for Alamo Drafthouse’s growth. It’s incredibly exciting to get back on this path so that we can bring the Alamo Drafthouse experience to new locations across the country, including our very first locations in Manhattan, St. Louis and DC. “
Here is some information about the new theaters:
The company’s highly anticipated first Manhattan location, Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan, is a 14-room theater in the Financial District at 28 Liberty, and is slated to open in fall 2021. Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan will house the press room , a brand new museum, a typographic printing house, a bar and an event space. Much like the displays of century-old wax figurines delicately displayed in Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn’s wax house, the newsroom will feature selections from a vast archive of over 50,000 letterpress film advertising plaques spanning the years. 1930s to 1980s. The collection will also come to life every weekend as The Press Room’s 1938 Vandercook typography is inked and lit to produce souvenir postcards and prints from the collection.
“The press room will feature an amazing collection that will serve as a museum of the history of cinema and advertising,” said founder and executive chairman Tim League. “And with 14 screens, we’ll be able to support major New York openings of a huge range of films. We’re so excited and can’t wait for New York moviegoers to see what we have in store for them in our Lower Theater. Manhattan. “
Additionally, the previously announced Staten Island Theater is still in development with the Flying Guillotine, a martial arts inspired bar in partnership with the founder of the Wu-Tang Clan RZA.
Greater Washington, DC area
Alamo Drafthouse is also excited to officially announce two new locations of franchise partners Cojeaux Cinemas, LLC. Alamo Drafthouse DC, the company’s first theater to be located in DC proper, is a 9-screen theater located on Bryant Street in northeast Washington, DC and is slated to open in the winter of 2021, and Alamo Drafthouse National Landing, a 9-screen theater in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, is slated to open in spring 2022. Cojeaux Cinemas, LLC also operates three other Alamo Drafthouse franchises in Virginia.
Alamo Drafthouse is also heading to Gateway City with the first Alamo Drafthouse theater in St. Louis. Located in the upcoming City Foundry STL development in the Midtown neighborhood of St. Louis, Alamo Drafthouse St. Louis is a 10-screen theater of franchise partner St. Louis Alamo Movies, LLC and is slated to open in spring 2022.
The Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan, DC, National Landing and St. Louis venues will feature “a diverse mix of blockbusters, indies, documentaries, foreign language films, repertoire classics and unique special events. four theaters will feature Barco 4K laser projection, immersive surround sound and luxury recliners in all auditoriums. Continuing the company’s commitment to preserving 35mm, Lower Manhattan and St. Louis will offer a changing projection of 35mm, so that classic films and new releases can be experienced in beautiful celluloid. “
Additionally, St. Louis, DC and National Landing will each present “The Big Show,” described as “Alamo Drafthouse’s next-generation Premium Large Format cinema optimized for the massive 66ft wide x 28ft wide curved screen. top and transformative Dolby Atmos audio technology. for a truly immersive experience. Each of the new locations will also feature separate full-service bars offering craft cocktails, wine, and local craft beers on tap. “