News about a new Alamo Drafthouse is always exciting, but this news is particularly great. This new Alamo will be an extraordinary state of the art cinema, boasting some of the best presentation in the country.
And speaking of country, it's kind of cool that the Alamo - still very much an American original - is moving into what was the flagship theater of a chain that just sold to a Chinese company.
While New York and Los Angeles will certainly benefit from new Drafthouse locations (New York in the near future, L.A... soon!), the kind of programming that the Alamo specializes in - unique, fun, with an eye to all of cinema history - will be warmly welcomed in the heartland, I suspect.
Below are all the details, in handy dandy press release form. But first! A great picture that says it all.
Austin, TX--- Monday, June 18th, 2012--- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to announce its plans for their first location in Kansas City, Missouri, the former flagship AMC Mainstreet Theater in the downtown Power and Light District. The facility is slated to open as an Alamo Drafthouse in the fall of 2012, but will continue to operate in its current configuration through the summer.
“The Mainstreet Theater is truly one of the most spectacular cinemas in the world,” says Alamo founder and CEO Tim League. “We are truly honored to have the opportunity to bring the Alamo brand of movie programming and food service to such a wonderful facility.”
The venue will feature six screens of new release movies, independent and repertory films as well as the Alamo’s unique signature programming. The Mainstreet underwent an extensive $30 million dollar renovation in 2009 to become the centerpiece of the new Power and Light District in Kansas City, Missouri. With 4K digital projection, wall-to-wall screens and Dolby 11.1 sound, the Mainstreet is considered to be one of the most technically advanced theater designs in the world. In addition to continued presentation excellence, the Alamo Drafthouse renovation will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Mainstreet will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy.
This new vision for the Mainstreet also extends to the theater’s spacious interior bar, which will reemerge as The Chesterfield. The Chesterfield resurrects a slice of Kansas City's past, harkening back to the jazz age days of Paris on The Plains, when Charlie Parker's saxophone blared over 12th & Vine. With a list of classic cocktails and weekly music programming, the Chesterfield Club is a new destination in the Power & Light district.
Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Kansas City theater. Any and all current theater staff are encouraged to join us! Employment applications can be downloaded here.