Alamo Drafthouse to Open Downtown L.A. Theater

Courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
A rendering of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in downtown Los Angeles

The location will open in The Bloc, the mixed-use space in the middle of $180 million renovations.

Alamo Drafthouse is putting down roots in Los Angeles.

The trendy Austin, Texas-based theater chain is making the move west to The Bloc in downtown L.A., which is currently in the middle of $180 million renovations being headed by The Ratkovich Company.

Alamo's DTLA location will join the chain's 27 other outposts in New York City, Phoenix, Dallas and San Francisco. Programming will include blockbuster movies, along with indie, foreign and classic selections, as well as specialty events.

The theater is projected to open in 2018, taking up the second and third floors in the southwest corner of the mixed-use open air space, and will be easily accessible by the expanding Los Angeles Metro line.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have 12 screens and seat approximately 560 people. Theaters will be equipped with 4K digital projection, as well as 3D and archival 35mm projection. Keeping with the Alamo tradition, the screens will forgo the traditional front rows of seating.

A locally sourced food menu will be offered in theaters, along with a selection of local craft beers and cocktails.

"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," said Tim League, the founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. "After many years of exhaustive searching and planning, we feel we have found the perfect home at The Bloc."

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