ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE Announces New York City Expansion. This Is Awesome.

For many years,  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has lurked out in Texas. Nestled in the asshole of America, its sweet offerings have eluded me. There was much too much a giant swath of land separating us. Now I may not be able to get out to Texas for the Alamo-Prime, but there’s a satellite approaching. The son of  of a bitch is getting a New York site. Hell yeah!


As the Austin, TX-based  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema  has become one of the major templates for a movie theater chain that pleases filmmakers and audiences alike, film lovers in other cities have hoped the company might find a home in places outside Texas. An early expansion of the chain didn’t exactly go without a hitch, as foundersTim and Karrie League  sold the brand name, which led to some expansions in Texas that weren’t quite up to spec.

In 2010 Tim League  came back on as CEO  of the Drafthouse, and since has been running it as the premiere boutique cinema chain. The current Texas theaters will soon be complimented by expansions announced for  San Francisco,  Virginia, andColorado. Today the company announces a long hoped-for New York City location.

The  Alamo Drafthouse New York  will be in the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway, on the Upper West Side. The company promises that the new five-screen location will feature all the things fans like about the Drafthouse: the strict no talking and texting policy, the food and beverage selection, and the creative special events and repertory programming that goes alongside the booking of new films.

After the break read the press release from Alamo; we’ve also updated with comments from Tim League.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for its first location in New York.   The five-screen Manhattan-area theater will be owned and operated by Alamo Drafthouse and located on the Upper West Side, occupying the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway.

“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.”The venue will feature five screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo’s unique signature programming.   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.

Fahkin awesome! I’m out heah in fakhin Boston which is wicked closet to fakhkin New York City. I’ll make the goddamn trip to the Big Apple and brave the New Yorkahs to hit up this shit.