Innovative cinema-eatery plans new openings in Washington, D.C. and New York City, plus a major expansion into three new markets – Chicago, St. Louis, and Birmingham
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema continues to expand with the announcement of seven new theaters and three new regions, including Chicago, Birmingham, and St. Louis. This expansion follows a record-breaking 2021 box office that brought the second-highest domestic opening of all time, “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, and which also saw massive Alamo Drafthouse results for films like “Licorice Pizza”, “The French Dispatch”, and “The Green Knight”.
These new theaters will join nearly 40 other Alamo Drafthouse locations in exhibiting the company’s diverse mix of blockbusters, indies, documentaries, foreign language films, repertory classics, and unique special events.
“We’re so thankful for the continued strength and recovery of the theater industry thanks to a packed slate of titles in 2022,” says Alamo Drafthouse CEO Shelli Taylor. “And we’re very eager to bring the unique Alamo Drafthouse experience to Chicago, St. Louis, Birmingham, and beyond.”
The months ahead are expected to continue the cinema industry’s rebound from 2020 closures, bringing long-anticipated blockbusters like “The Batman”, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness”, and “Top Gun: Maverick”. Additionally, it brings new films by filmmakers that hold special appeal to Alamo Drafthouse audiences, like Robert Eggers’ “The Northman”, Jordan Peele’s “Nope”, and “Everything Everywhere All At Once” by Daniels.
“Curating a diverse mix of films and showcasing independent artists has always been a passion of ours,” says Alamo Drafthouse founder and Executive Chairman Tim League. “Expanding our reach into new cities allows us to celebrate these filmmakers with a wider audience.”
Each new location will feature state-of-the-art laser projection, immersive surround sound, and luxury recliners in all auditoriums. The new theaters will also continue Alamo Drafthouse’s commitment to preserving 35mm film, with St. Louis and Staten Island confirmed to offer the celebrated celluloid projection.
The company will also expand the “The Big Show” experience, their next-generation Premium Large Format theaters with a towering 66’ wide by 28’ tall curved screen with immersive Dolby Atmos audio technology. All of the new locations will be paired with separate full-service bars featuring craft cocktails, wine, and local craft beers on tap.
Staten Island, NY
Alamo Drafthouse continues to expand their footprint in NYC with the highly-anticipated Alamo Drafthouse Staten Island. This kung-fu-themed theater will feature 9 screens, 893 fully-reclining seats, 35mm projection, and the company’s acclaimed menu of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and full bar available for delivery to guests’ seats.
The new theater will also feature The Flying Guillotine bar, a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA. Similar to The House of Wax and The Press Room bars at their other NYC locations, The Flying Guillotine will be a celebration of a unique piece of cinema history, in this case, the history of martial arts films. In addition to the requisite beer, wine and craft cocktail program, The Flying Guillotine decor will draw inspiration from the pages of the recent Mondo Publishing release “These Fists Break Bricks” by Grady Hendrix and Chris Pogalli and feature numerous displays of martial arts memorabilia and posters. The bar will also feature an all-martial arts free-rental video store.
Alamo Drafthouse Staten Island is slated to open Spring 2022.
The company is also opening their first theater in Chicago with Alamo Drafthouse Wrigleyville. Opening in the Windy City has been a long-time goal for Alamo Drafthouse, and this new theater marks an important milestone for the company. The 6-screen theater will be located in the historic Wrigleyville neighborhood, directly across the street from the beloved Wrigley Field in the Addison And Clark development.
The company will be bringing its unique brand of cinema eateries to Chicago Fall 2022. Chicago cinephiles can even enter to win a year of unlimited free movies through Alamo Drafthouse’s monthly subscription service, Season Pass, along with free Cubs tickets. Entry can be obtained by joining Alamo Victory, their free rewards program, and signing up for the Chicago newsletter.
Following hot on the heels of the new Alamo Drafthouse DC Bryant Street, the company will be collaborating with franchise partners Cojeaux Cinemas, LLC once again on Alamo Drafthouse National Landing. The new 9-screen theater will be located in the Crystal City neighborhood of National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, and is expected to open Fall 2022. Cojeaux Cinemas, LLC also operates three other Alamo Drafthouse franchises in Virginia.
St. Louis, MO
The Gateway City will be joining the Alamo Drafthouse family with a 10-screen theater located at the City Foundry STL development in St. Louis’ Midtown district. The new Alamo Drafthouse St. Louis will be a collaboration with franchise partner St. Louis Alamo Movies, LLC and is expected to open Fall 2022.
With all three of the company’s other Denver-area theaters now reopened, Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce a new Glendale, CO, location in the Glendale Entertainment District. The new 9-screen theater will be opening in collaboration with franchise partners Alamo GlenCo Theater, LLC near the end of 2023.
Grand Prairie, TX
Alamo Drafthouse has a new Grand Prairie, TX, location joining their six other DFW metroplex theaters. Alamo Drafthouse Grand Prairie will be a 10-screen theater from franchise partner Alamo Grand Prairie Bardin, LLC, with a planned opening in the beginning of 2024.
Alamo Drafthouse is also headed to the Magic City with their first theater in Birmingham. The 9-screen Alamo Drafthouse Birmingham broke ground at the historic Powell Avenue Steam Plant in the city’s Parkside District on February 3rd, and is being brought to the new region by franchise partners Birmingham Alamo Movies, LLC. Birmingham residents can expect to enjoy Alamo Drafthouse’s unique cinema experience in Spring 2024. Future guests can keep up to date on the latest news by joining Alamo Victory. When they do, they’ll be automatically entered to win a year of free movies via Alamo Drafthouse’s Season Pass subscription service.
About Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Founded in 1997, Alamo Drafthouse has been heralded for unique programming events, great food and drinks, and high exhibition standards, earning accolades including “Best Theater Ever” by Time Magazine and “The Coolest Theater in the World” by Wired. A September 2018 Market Force Information survey of nearly 13,000 moviegoers across the country gave Alamo Drafthouse the #1 ranking for Favorite Movie Theater, Best Service, and all food and beverage-related categories.
Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run movies, independent films and special events with an extensive menu made from scratch. Guests order all food and drinks from servers who quietly attend to them throughout the movie from inside the theater. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Instead of a barrage of advertising, Alamo Drafthouse shows a curated collection of rare and humorous clips themed to each feature.
Additionally, Alamo Drafthouse protects the theatrical experience with a zero tolerance policy for people who disrupt the film with talking or texting. Alamo Drafthouse’s “Don’t Talk” PSAs have frequently received national attention, and have featured former Texas Governor Ann Richards, Jeff Goldblum and a velociraptor, Georgie from “IT”, “The Room” director and star Tommy Wiseau, and one very angry voicemail.