Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is Coming to The Bloc in Downtown Los Angeles in 2018!

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Those of us here in Los Angeles don’t find ourselves too often wanting in cinematic experiences. We have The Egyptian, The Aero, The Cinefamily, the New Beverly Cinema, and in Orange County there’s The Frida Cinema, each providing us with year-round repertory cinema that is often the envy of the world. But there’s one thing we’ve been missing out on — the Alamo Drafthouse. Started in Austin, Texas by Tim League, the Alamo Drafthouse has gained notoriety among die-hard movie lovers for its eclectic menu, creative programming, and, most importantly, a strictly enforced no texting, no talking policy.

Finally, after years and years of waiting, the Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Los Angeles, and now we have a timetable for its opening and the location. The Los Angeles Alamo Drafthouse will be opening in 2018 at The Bloc, which will be an expansive dining and shopping location in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. This is big news for myself and countless others in Southern California hoping for a premiere cinematic experience, allowing Tinseltown to stand with other great movie cities with very own Drafthouse to call our own.

In the mean time, the people at the Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles are still doing local programming in partnered theaters. Go to their website and sign up for their Alamo Victory rewards program and get updates about special screenings that are held around the Los Angeles area, some of which you simply don’t want to miss. It’s more than enough to hold all of us rabid cinema lovers over until the Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles opens its doors in 2018.

Here’s the full press release announcing the plans for the Alamo Drafthouse:

Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX — June 8, 2017 —  The Ratkovich Company, in partnership with  National Real Estate AdvisorsBlue Vista Capital Management, and  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema today announced the Austin-based theater chain will open its first Los Angeles theater at  The Bloc, a 1.8 million square foot mixed-use destination at the hub of the city’s retail, entertainment, financial, and sports center. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is slated to open in 2018 as The Bloc completes its $180 million renovations bringing a vibrant, open-air, pedestrian-friendly, urban destination to Downtown Los Angeles.

“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,” says Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder and CEO Tim League.  “After many years of exhaustive searching and planning, we feel we have found the perfect home at The Bloc. 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 Drafthouse is the perfect addition to The Bloc and to Downtown LA’s rapidly growing food and entertainment scene. 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 LA.” said Wayne Ratkovich founder and president of The Ratkovich Company.

Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique cinematic experience with in-theater dining underpinning a heavily curated program of hand-picked blockbusters, highest-quality independent, foreign and documentary features and special event programming. It’s food and beverage offering is equally deliberate with a full menu offering food made from scratch and a heavy dose of the best local craft beers and cocktails. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be located on the second and third floors of the southwest corner of The Bloc, accessible from the Flower Street mid-block crossing and the fourth floor of the parking structure.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have twelve screens and seat approximately 560 people for new release movies, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as an exhaustive slate of the Alamo’s unique signature event programming. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art 4K digital projection and amazing sound.  In addition to providing superior presentation, the Alamo eliminates the traditional front rows to ensure there’s no bad seat in the house. The theater will also be equipped for 3D and archival 35mm projection.

In keeping with Alamo Drafthouse’s commitment to providing the best in-theater dining experience, the downtown LA destination will feature locally inspired and sourced food and drink. Moviegoers can order food and drinks from their seats while servers silently attend to them throughout the film. In addition to the twelve theaters, an adjoining bar will give fans the opportunity to discuss films over a plethora of local craft beers and cocktails.

Accessibility and integration with the city at large continues to be a priority for The Bloc and Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be conveniently accessed via the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red lines at the 7th Street Metro Center Station. Current Metro expansion connects Alamo Drafthouse Downtown to Santa Monica, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. The theater will offer four hours of free validated parking.

By delivering the best films, food and drinks, exceptional presentation, strict ad-free and no talking/no texting policies, Alamo Drafthouse strives to live up to Time Magazine’s claim of being the “Best Theater Ever.”

For developments on Alamo Drafthouse Downtown and The Bloc follow us on social.

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