New Yorkers who worship at the altar of film have a new church. On October 28th, Alamo Drafthouse opens their first NYC venue. Founded by Tim and Karrie League in 1997, the Brooklyn site is their 25th location. On Monday, they opened their doors to the press for a special advanced look.
Located at 455 Albee Square West, a short walk from several train stations, the cinema takes up two floors and boasts 7 screens, from 94 seats to 188, for a total of 796 seats. There will be a mix of first run releases, art house titles, repertory and specialty screenings, including Girlie Night, Terror Tuesday, and Weird Wednesday.
All theaters provide dine-in service with full food and drink menus. Under Executive Chef and native New Yorker, Fernando Marulanda, the Drafthouse menu is varied and offers everything from popcorn to pulled skirt steak tacos. All food is made to order in the theater’s state-of-the-art kitchen. The menu, which is custom tailored to the Brooklyn location, will be updated seasonally.
The most unique feature of this location is the stand-alone bar called House of Wax. As you walk through the entrance and across the replica carpeting from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, you can’t miss the classic marquee. The full bar offers 15 signature cocktails and 48 draft lines, with 39 beers on tap, as well as draft wines and draft cocktails. All this surrounded by a wax museum. The 19th century wax figures of death masks and other anatomical and pathological figures. House of Wax has it’s own stage to be used for special events.
While the individual screens are very modern with comfortable, leather seats and 4K digital projection, the rest of the house has a very old school theater feel. The walls are adorned with custom wall paper and film reel sconces. In addition to Mondo, their collectible art gallery, Alamo has an enviable collection of posters from around the world. The classic Turkish posters currently hanging are worth lingering for.
The Drafthouse hires locally, bringing over 150 jobs to Brooklyn. They will also be using locally grown and sourced ingredients for the menu, whenever possible and all draft beers and ciders are produced in New York State. Drafthouse Cinemas are committed to providing an experience designed with everyone in mind, providing gender-neutral bathrooms and introducing “Alamo for All” to accommodate guests with infants and those with special sensory needs.
Special thanks to Founder and CEO, Tim League, Senior Marketing Manager, Mike Sampson, and creative manager and programmer, Cristina Cacioppo, for taking time to show us around and share their love of what they do.
For tickets and showtimes: https://drafthouse.com/nyc
Suzanne Bell | Twitter: @ChazensJezebel
Images: Victoria Stevens