Y’all know how much I love Alamo Drafthouse, right?
I mean, the concept behind the Austin, Texas-based movie-theater chain is sheer genius: They show first-run films as well as cult classics and otherwise unheralded movies; they offer a variety of foodstuffs and beverages (alcoholic and non) to enjoy during your film; and they’re just cool asf.
Although we had something similar in Brooklyn, the Nighthawk, once Alamo Drafthouse came to New York — and settled very close to me in Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point shopping complex — I was hooked. Nearly every film I’ve seen in the past nine months has been at Alamo. (The lone exception? John Wick: Chapter 2, which I was forced to see at UA Court Square. Quelle horreur!)
Well, check this out. Alamo Drafthouse is opening a new theater in Downtown Los Angeles’ the Bloc retail center. Slated for a 2018 debut, this will be Alamo’s first L.A. location. Crazy, right?
“Alamo Drafthouse is the perfect addition to the Bloc and to Downtown L.A.’s rapidly growing food and entertainment scene,” said Wayne Ratkovich, developer and president of the Ratkovich Co. “It brings a fresh and unique take on the traditional movie-watching experience and will be a great compliment to the other retailers at the Bloc. The Bloc is a gathering place for all Angelenos, making it the place to be in Downtown L.A.”
And Alamo’s founder and CEO Tim League said, “When we announced seven years ago that we would be embarking upon a plan of nationwide expansion, my primary goal was to open a theater in Los Angeles. Building a new audience for foreign language films, documentaries and independent movies is core to the Alamo brand, and this flagship theater will be ground zero for that effort.”
Alamo L.A. will have 12 screens and seat more than 550 people for its new releases and uniquely signature film programming, and will be equipped for 4K digital projections, 3D, and archival 35mm projections. So, yeah, this is gonna be boss.
Getting there will be a cinch, too. Take the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red lines to the 7th Street Metro Center Station. And if you drive — and c’mon, most Angelenos drive — the theater will give you four hours of free validated parking.
Congrats, Los Angeles, you’re finally getting an Alamo — here’s to the day I will be there to enjoy it with you. 😉
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown L.A. (Coming Soon)
750 West 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017