Alamo Drafthouse Moving into New York's Upper West Side in 2013!
Big news for New York based movie fans - the Alamo Drafrthouse has announced their first venue in the city! A press release today confirms that the Drafthouse is moving into the Upper West Side, taking over the former Metro Theater located at 2626 Broadway (Google maps), up between 99th & 100th Streets. The five-screen Manhattan-area theater will be owned and operated by Tim League's Alamo Drafthouse, to open in 2013. This is fantastic news and an incredible announcement to follow their recent expansions to San Francisco and Colorado, too. I hope this is only the start of Alamo Drafthouse taking over the country!
The press release confirms: Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2013. "My often-stated top priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York," said Alamo founder and CEO Tim League. "When we discovered the availability of the historic Metro theater, we immediately knew we had found the perfect location for our new Manhattan home." I can't wait to see what this place turns out like once it's updated and refurbished. I'm very anxious and excited already, as I love New York City and it truly has been in need of an Alamo Drafthouse, now it's finally getting one! I hope they open up even more in the city once this one is a success.
Here's a photo of the Metro Theater they're taking over, from Cinema Treasures. It definitely has an Alamo Drafthouse vibe already, but I'm sure it's going to look and feel even cooler once Tim spruces it up. For developments/updates on Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro, follow them on twitter @drafthouse or Facebook.
Now to just get them into Canada!
Jay Runham on Apr 5, 2012
this is great news if people dont talk and text. that far up on the east side you might get shot if you shh someone.
happy camper on Apr 5, 2012
Putting these anywhere but Texas defeats the purpose.
Blurb on Apr 6, 2012
I lovelovelove The Alamo Drafthouse and visit there every time Im in Austin. But, as a New Yorker this news—frankly—bums me out. 1) Just 5 screens? and 2) that is just a lame location in a lame neighborhood that that does not compliment the vibe of The Alamo Drafthouse. At all. Thats like Austin sharing another cultural staple of their own, say, an offshoot of the SXSW festival in Hartford, Connecticut. It just doesnt match up, despite their best intentions. Im sure there are some factors, the price alone of a theater in NYC, availability, keeping up with the pace of expanding the Drafthouse locations....but 99th & Broadway?!?! As far away from 3 of some of the weakest train lines in NYC?....Really, Drafthouse? Still, despite my complaints, the hour commute from all other neighborhoods that will feed the Drafthouse its primary business, I'll still check it out, but not as often as I'd like to....and somehow, through all of this, my allegiance for this type of movie-going experience leans towards the Nitehawk in Williamsburg that has executed the standards and experience of Drafthouse so perfectly and so conveniently for this sort of business' target audience. As they say, "Location, location, location."
Voice of Reason on Apr 6, 2012
Ugh. Alamo is blowing it. I've lived in Austin for a really long time and the Drafthouse just sucks now. It's become homogenized and, for the most part, ha forgotten where it came from. I get selling out, and I don't blame them for wanting to make money, but still. When they opened one in San Antonio, it just wasn't the same. No fun. Just a movie theater that serves beer and tells you to be quiet or some celebrity will punt you in the nuts. And now they are all that way. Why mess with the originals that everyone LOVES? Breaks my heart. The only thing I love is the Master Pancake stuff. At least that can't be corporatized.
Jaleel White on Apr 6, 2012
Nothing says "indie" like selling out!
Blurb on Apr 6, 2012
No Movie I Ever Make Will Ever Be Screened At the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Signed Carl Clark circa Spring 2012
CarlClark on Apr 9, 2012
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