It’s been a long time coming, but, now, it’s a reality: Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse will finally open for business, and begin screening films new and old on October 28.
That’s right—just in time for Doctor Strange(The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role) on November 4, the Austin, Texas chain will be opening the doors to its multiple storied, seven-theater complex. With that complex, of course, will come the chain’s hallmark amenities: full dining service, reserved seating, crystal clear 4K projection screens, and a no talking/no texting policy while the projector is rolling.
“It’s a lot more expensive and takes a lot longer than you think to do a construction project in New York,” Tim League, the founder and chief executive officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema told The New York Times, adding, “I’ve also learned, never put an opening date on a subway advertisement.”
Alamo Drafthouse has had a location in Yonkers for three years, but has been trying to get elsewhere into New York since their initial theater opened in 1997. In 2012, there were plans to open a location on the Upper West Side, but these were scrapped not long after. The location—in a Downtown Brooklyn’s new million-plus square-foot complex, City Point—joins other similar theaters in the borough, including Williamsburg’s Nitehawk (soon expanding to Park Slope), and Bushwick’s Syndicated.
The cinema will host both repertory showings and new releases, and include its own programming. One planned series, according to the Times, is “Shouting at the Screen,” with hosts Wyatt Cenac, formerly of The Daily Show, and rapper Donwill offering live commentary on blaxploitation films. Opening at the end of October also means that the theater will be able to screen the majority of the films participating in one of the best times of the year: Oscar Season. So, for all of you waiting for La La Land, Jackie, Loving, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea, you’re in luck, because you’ll be able to enjoy the best films of the year like royalty.