It feels like an eternity since the people over at Alamo Drafthouse announced that they would be opening a location in Los Angeles. The new location will not only be home to today’s films and cult classics but some fan-favorite events.
And now, the people behind all of that have announced that they plan to open the Los Angeles location’s doors this summer. More on the report below.
From the press release (via Birth.Movies.Death.):
The cinema anticipates a “soft launch” in early July with an opening slate of independent and blockbuster films, as well as a wealth of repertory titles featuring beloved classics and hard-to-find cult favorites.
Additionally, the cinema chain announced that it’ll also expand its Alamo Season Pass subscription beta test in Los Angeles. Members of the subscription plan will be able to watch a movie a day and reserve their seats in advance for one low monthly fee. The beta test will roll out in Los Angeles during the soft launch period, beginning with a small group from a waitlist and then expanding the membership in the near future. Guests may add their name to the waitlist at drafthouse.com/victory/seasonpass.
It’s been a long time coming for Alamo to come to Los Angeles, where many of these Hollywood major studios reside. Of course, there are many other smaller venues that provide the same kind of services in terms of delivering cult classic films to their audience and fans. So it should be interesting to see how Alamo’s presence changes the field.
The press release also revealed some the amenities that will be available to those who catch a viewing at their new Los Angeles location:
Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles is a state-of-the-art facility featuring twelve auditoriums, each with 4K laser projectors and one with 35mm film projection. Like the brand’s nearly forty other locations across the country, the downtown Los Angeles theater includes a full bar and kitchen, as well as the unique bar and video store Video Vortex, where Blu-Rays and DVDs will be available for free rental.
Alamo’s Head of Creative and Programming Rachel Walker will be in charge of operations in Los Angeles. She will be joined by a leadership team with deep California roots, including:
● Head of Marketing Anam Syed, fellow lifelong Angeleno.
● General Manager Leslie Newell, an Alamo Drafthouse veteran who most recently worked at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco.
● Claire Brooks, who oversees private and corporate events.
● Former Geek and Sundry producer Ash Minnick, who’ll shape Drafthouse’s flagship tabletop gaming community initiative.
If you know about the Alamo Drafthouse, then you know all of the fun events they have at their various locations across the country. Not only that, they are also known for their delicious food and drinks that you can enjoy while watching your movie. I may be just some guy from Orange County, but that isn’t going to stop me from hopping on the freeway to watch at least one film there.