The Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Brooklyn! And to my old neighborhood, no less. The Drafthouse is joining the City Point project that is revitalizing the Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn, and if you've lived in Brooklyn for any amount of time, you know how exciting this is.
I live in LA now, but I lived in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn for a decade before that. I saw Downtown Brooklyn when it was pretty crummy - what had once been a thriving shopping district had been laid low. The Fulton Mall, obviously a prime piece of real estate once upon a time, was reduced to nothing but beeper stores and weave shops. There were, no kidding, like half a dozen beeper stores in this one stretch. It was a pity, because the area is so convenient, the local neighborhoods so lovely and the history of Downtown Brooklyn so strong.
Things have been changing the last five years (pretty much once I left, dammit). Some of the change is questionable - I was involved in the ill-fated effort to squash the Barclay Center Arena, which destroyed a lot of homes - but much of it has been great. The effort to bring back the Fulton Mall area, called City Point, is maybe one of the most exciting. Which is why it's so thrilling to see an Alamo Drafthouse opening there. The area needs a quality first run theater (I really don't recommend trying to actually see a movie at the Court Street Cinema, frankly), and the Alamo is the most quality first run theater you could ask for. Of course, maybe I'm biased.
Here's the full press release. Now I finally have a reason to visit New York again! Well, besides my family.
Austin, TX--- Monday, December 3, 2012--- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for a third location in New York: Alamo Drafthouse City Point. The seven-screen theater will be located at City Point, a new 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project that is being developed by Acadia Realty Trust and Washington Square Partners.
"I am extremely excited about the major development in downtown Brooklyn and proud to be a part of it,” said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. “Although more than two years on the horizon, I can tell you that the City Point Brooklyn Alamo will be our best theater yet."The venue will feature seven screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo’s unique signature programming in both 35mm and digital formats. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, Alamo Drafthouse City Point will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2015.
Kenneth Bernstein, President and CEO of Acadia Realty Trust said “We welcome Alamo Drafthouse to the growing tenant roster at City Point which also includes fashion icons A|X Armani Exchange and Century 21 department store. Alamo Drafthouse is a fantastic entertainment anchor for the downtown Brooklyn community.”City Point is a 1.8 million square foot mixed-use development in downtown Brooklyn, at the crossroads of historic brownstone neighborhoods, civic landmarks, universities and one of New York City’s busiest retail and office districts. The project will strengthen and anchor Fulton Street and downtown Brooklyn, the city’s third busiest central business district, by adding a critical mass of new retail, restaurants and entertainment options. In addition, the project includes critically-needed affordable and market rate housing, and will create thousands of new construction and permanent jobs for the local community.