**Warning kick ass photos ahead**
You can tell FANTASTIC FEST is upon us as there have been tons of rumblings coming from the city of Austin. Its baby, the Alamo Drafthouse has been busy not only updating one of their own theatres but extending further west to the city of Angels. Announcements were made this week that the South Lamar theater had received an upgrade for it’s reopening. Next to the theater the Highball Karaoke room did as well. Out in LA Alamo looks to expand by joining up with The Bloc. Here are all the details and all the photos from South Lamar and The Highball.
The Ratkovich Company, in partnership with National Real Estate Advisors, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema today announced the Alamo Drafthouse will open its first Los Angeles, California theater at The Bloc, a 1.8 million square foot mixed use destination at the hub of the city’s retail, entertainment, financial, and sports center. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is slated to open in 2015 as The Bloc completes its $180 million renovations and opens its doors as a vibrant, open-air, pedestrian-friendly, urban destination.
“We’ve been eyeing Los Angeles for many years now,” said CEO and founder Tim League. “With The Bloc, we finally found the perfect location and partner to bring our brand of cinema to the birthplace of the industry.”
Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run and independent films and special programming events with an extensive menu made from scratch in a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be located in the southwest corner of The Bloc next to Macy’s third floor.
“Alamo Drafthouse has re-invigorated the movie-watching experience, much the way we intend to reimagine the traditional retail and entertainment experience and enliven the 7thStreet corridor with The Bloc,” said Wayne Ratkovich, founder and president of The Ratkovich Company. “We want Angelenos to come to The Bloc for distinctive, curated experiences and Alamo Drafthouse provides just that.”
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have nine screens and seat approximately 800 people for new release movies, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as an exhaustive slate of the Alamo’s unique signature event programming. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art 4K digital projection, big screens and amazing sound. In addition to providing superior presentation, the Alamo eliminates the traditional front rows to ensure there’s no bad seat in the house. The theater will also be equipped for 3D and archival 35mm projection.
Here is a quote from the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti…
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Alamo Drafthouse to Downtown Los Angeles. Their unique brand of innovation and showmanship embodies the best traditions of our city’s film industry,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In keeping with the Alamo’s commitment to providing the best in-theater dining experience, the downtown LA destination will feature locally inspired and sourced food and drink.Moviegoers can order food and drinks from their seats while servers silently attend to them throughout the film. The Alamo will also be opening an adjacent craft beer bar featuring an extensive array of Californian beers.
Accessibility and integration with the city at large continues to be a priority for The Bloc and the Alamo Drafthouse. The Alamo Drafthuose Downtown will be conveniently accessed without needing to go above ground via the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red lines at the 7thAvenue Metro stop. Future Metro expansion will connect the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown to Santa Monica, Pasadena and the San Bernandino Valley. The theater will offer four hours of free validated parking as well as free bicycle valet.
Due to a lackluster summer at the box office, the motion picture industry is down 7% year to date.Forthe same period, Alamo Drafthouse same store sales are up 2.64%. By focusing on great film, food and drinks along with exceptional presentation, a no-advertisement policy and a notoriously strict no talking/no texting policy, the Alamo Drafthouse strives to be the movie theater by movie fans for movie fans.
The theaters have been heralded for their unique programming events and high exhibition standards, earning accolades like “Best Theater Ever” (Time Magazine).
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