Meet at the movies!
Texas-based cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse will be bringing its southern charm to Downtown Brooklyn come summer.
The flagship location, currently in its last phase of construction at 445 Gold Street, will feature seven screens, a full menu for in-theater dining, a bar serving local beers on tap as well as craft cocktails and a strict “no talking, no texting policy,” a signature of the chain.
While there are big-name movie theaters in the area, like Court Street’s Regal Cinemas, boutique movie theaters are few and far between in the borough.
The Pavilion Theatre, for instance, located in nearby Park Slope, is one of the few remaining theatres still savoring its historic charm. Originally built in 1908 as the Marathon Theatre, it re-opened as the Pavilion in 1995, after sitting vacant for over a decade.
Switching gears to a more modern moviegoer’s preference, Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is an independent movie house and eatery. Established in 2011, Nitehawk is credited with setting a historical precedent in New York when it succeeded in getting Governor Andrew Cuomo to overturn the law that that made serving alcohol in motion picture theaters illegal.
Now, with that law out of the way, Brooklynites can enjoy a drink with their dinner while feasting their eyes on the diverse offerings the Alamo Drafthouse will bring, including big name blockbusters, classics and art house and independent releases.
“It’s been a long time coming but we cannot wait to bring the Alamo Drafthouse experience to Brooklyn,” said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. “The impact on film from this region is indelible and expansive. Hopefully, we can add to that rich fabric and give fans, new and old, a place to honor the joy of cinema.”
The theater wills stay true to some of its popular theme nights like Terror Tuesday, Video Vortex and Girlie Night – a batch of signature series that take place at the Alamo Drafthouse’s 20 other U.S. locations – while also catering to the distinct tastes of Brooklyn and New York audiences.
“As a local and avid moviegoer myself, I know New Yorkers are equally excited for the latest from Pixar as they are the first from Michael Haneke,” says Brooklyn Creative Manager Cristina Cacioppo. “This city has the most adventurous audiences of anywhere in the world and our screens will be reflective of that.”
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn has a set opening date of summer, 2016 and will be located at 445 Gold Street at the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush Avenues. For more information, visit www.drafthouse.com/nyc.