Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has begun construction on a new location in Los Angeles. In addition, the deluxe movie theater has announced that it will break ground in October for its first location in Manhattan.
Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles is an 11-screen theater located in downtown urban center The Bloc, and is set to open in the second quarter of 2019. Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan is a 12-screen location in the Financial District at 28 Liberty, and is expected to open in the third quarter of 2019.
“Independent releases make it or break it on opening weekend in New York and Los Angeles,” says Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder Tim League. “We are extremely excited to be able to meaningfully support a wide array of amazing independent films in these two important cities.”
Like in all the company’s nearly 40 locations, Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles and Lower Manhattan will feature a diverse mix of blockbusters, indies, documentaries, foreign language films, repertory classics, and unique special events. Both theaters will feature 4K Barco laser projection, immersive surround sound, and luxury recliners in all auditoriums. Continuing the company’s commitment to preserving 35mm, both theaters will feature 35mm changeover projection, so that both classic films and new releases can be experienced in glorious celluloid.
Each of the new locations will also include local branches of Video Vortex, a bar concept that debuted earlier this year in Raleigh, North Carolina. First and foremost, Video Vortex is a neighborhood video store that features thousands of DVDs, Blu-rays, and even select VHS (along with rentable VHS players) curated by Alamo Drafthouse staff and the American Genre Film Archive. But unlike a traditional video store, rentals at both Video Vortex locations will be… free.
“So much of film history is not available on streaming platforms,” says Kat Shuchter, Video Vortex manager. “We want to make our curated archive of film classics and obscurities available for the next generation of cinephiles.”
In addition to movie rentals, Video Vortex is a full-service bar featuring craft cocktails, wine, and 48 local beers on tap. Video Vortex will also sell board games, collectibles, movies, and apparel from Mondo and other brands.
“After the successful release of The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 last year, Mondo has built a great team to develop a wide array of new strategic tabletop games,” says Mondo Creative Director Jay Shaw. “We are obsessed with gaming and want Video Vortex to be a home for enthusiasts and new players alike.”
The bar will feature board game nights, trivia nights hosted by Birth.Movies.Death., and other live entertainment. Video Vortex will also display a dizzying array of vintage Sixties and Seventies-era French and Italian film posters courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive. The Video Vortex concept debuted earlier this year at the new Alamo Drafthouse location in Raleigh, NC.
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