We've known it was coming for awhile now, we just didn't know when and where. Today, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which just recently announced expansion to San Francisco, Colorado, North Austin, Ashburn and Virginia, has followed that news up with word that it's finally coming to New York City. The most surprising part of this news is in its location, which will be the old Metro Theater at 100th street and Broadway, and not in some hipster-ish Brooklyn neighborhood, where most thought it would wind up.
Instead it's traveling to a neighborhood that's a bit off the tourist-fueled map, though it makes sense in that Alamo founder Tim League likes to bring his Alamo Drafthouse awesomeness to old movie houses because, to him, it's not just about watching movies, but where and how you watch the movies that completes the experience. That's why his theater chain is thriving right now, and we're real curious to see what kind of impact it has on the New York City moviegoing scene.
Check out the full press release below, and look for Movies.com to be there on opening day, which right now is slated for sometime in 2013. For those curious, here's a pic of the Metro Theater so you get an idea of what the new NY Alamo, titled The Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro, will look like.
Austin, TX--- Thursday, April 5, 2012--- 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.
Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Manhattan theater. Employment applications can be downloaded at www.drafthouse.com/about/employment
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