Austin -> Downtown BK: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Four years after first trying to enter the New York City market, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an Austin, TX based chain known for dine-in theaters with creative programming has finally opened its first multiplex in Downtown Brooklyn! Alamo offers reserved seating and wait service during the film, with amazing burgers, Oddfellows ice cream, craft beer, and, of course, cocktails. The theater also has a separate cocktail bar called House of Wax.
I am incredibly excited to have the Alamo in the neighborhood – I grew up in Texas and after attending Yale undergrad, I was an Austin resident during my three years at UT Austin School of Law. I have enjoyed many a meal and movie at the Alamo Austin, and highly recommend making the trip to the new BK theater even if you don’t live in our fair borough!
Alamo Drafthouse shows indie films, blockbusters, and even some older films. It has been steadily expanding nationwide since opening its first theater in 1997, and while it has operated in Yonkers for three years, its previous efforts to open in New York City faced setbacks. In 2012, it announced plans to convert a long-dormant theater on the Upper West Side, but those plans were scrapped in 2013. Alamo’s new home in Brooklyn is part of City Point, a 1.8 million square foot mixed use residential-retail complex that is the neighborhood’s largest retail development to date.
City Point represents a huge milestone for Downtown Brooklyn, which has emerged as a major hub for business, creativity, and residential development over the last decade. City Point’s other anchor tenants also include Century 21, Target, and a new Trader Joe’s that is slated to open in Fall 2017.
If you haven’t been in the neighborhood recently, make the time to explore the new Downtown Brooklyn this Spring – my other recommendations include Grand Army Bar which offers an amazing oyster happy hour on weeknights and the DeKalb Market Hall, a 35,000-square-foot foodie heaven that offers a diverse collection local food outposts – including the iconic Katz’s Delicatessen’s first venture beyond its original location!