Alamo Drafthouse Sets Plans for a Downtown Los Angeles Theater
The Alamo Drafthouse continues its takeover of the world. After rumors and discussion for years, the LA Times is now reporting that Drafthouse CEO Tim League is coming close to finalizing a deal for a theater in downtown Los Angeles. They already have started work on a San Francisco theater, due to open in 2015, along with a space Brooklyn in NYC, and now LA is getting its Drafthouse. "I spent a lot of time and energy working on [finding the location]. I thought it would be great to have a home in L.A. for the product that we release," League told the Times. If all goes as planned, this theater should open up next year sometime, too.
The location of the new Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles will be at 7th & Flower Streets (see on Google Maps), in a brand new development called the "Bloc", which will also house a Macy's among other stores. This is only a few blocks from the already quite popular Regal Cinemas at LA Live. The Times reports that "the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have nine screens and seat about 800 people," adding that "each of the auditoriums will be equipped with 4K digital projection and will eliminate the traditional front row to maximize the viewing experience." As usual they will maintain their no talking/texting policy, and also serve food and beer aplenty. They'll be entering a crowded and competitive market, but I'm sure it will succeed.
This news was just revealed via the LA Times today and a specific opening date has not been confirmed yet, but renovation/construction on the "Bloc" area where the Drafthouse will be located is already underway. Personally I am a huge fan of Drafthouse (and the Arclight Cinemas also located in/around the Los Angeles area) and I've been waiting for them to expand more and more nationwide and show the rest of the country how to run excellent movie theaters. I'm waiting for a new Manhattan location to be announced (the original spot didn't work out) but until then, it's always good to hear that more Drafthouse theaters are on the way.