Alamo Drafthouse is Opening a Theater Located in Littleton, Colorado
Big news revealed today by the Alamo Drafthouse, run by (new father) Tim League. They have announced a new location opening in the state of Colorado, at the Aspen Grove Shopping Center [Google maps] in Littleton, Colorado, coming late 2012. This is a bit of surprising news, as die-hard Drafthouse fans not in Austin, TX (where they're primarily based) have been holding their breath for theaters in Los Angeles and New York, neither of which have been announced/confirmed. "We've found an area for a natural extension of our concept, which began in Austin, to a like-minded audience of serious movie and beer lovers." Huzzah!
Alamo Drafthouse CEO/Founder Tim League comments (via AICN), saying "we're very excited to expand the Alamo Drafthouse to moviegoers in Colorado." The new location in Colorado is a ground-up 7-screen theater with seating for over 900 moviegoers. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art digital projection as well as excellent screen size to room ratio and amazing sound, and "no front row". One of the auditoriums will also be a "microcinema" with just 48 seats but still a very large screen. This room is perfect to support more niche films and will also be available to rent for private parties, screenings and meetings. The theater will also have ample bike racks for neighbors who are close enough not to drive.
As always, they'll stay true to their iconic food and beer traditions, strict no-talking/texting policies, and no pre-movie advertising, which are some of the best parts of the theaters' concept. "We're proud of the fact that we don't show any advertising," Tim League said. "People don't want to pay for a movie and then be bombarded with 15 minutes of dancing candy and fountain drinks. Instead, the pre-show really adds to the overall Alamo experience where patrons can look forward to arriving early to catch it." This is why I love these places. And I'm very happy, and honestly jealous (since I now live in Los Angeles), that my home state is now getting a legendary Drafthouse, but my hope is that they're building one in LA sometime soon as well.
For the full press release, head to AICN. I'm a huge fan, supporter and friend of the Alamo Drafthouse, and I'm excited to see Tim finally take on markets outside of Texas. The film community is strong in Colorado and I think it'll get even better with a Drafthouse there. Unfortunately, it sounds like it won't open until late 2012, but at least you know it's coming if you're in the Littleton, Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver or Colorado Springs areas. Down in Austin, Fantastic Fest is starting this week at the Drafthouse, we'll be covering it.