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Drafthouse Expansion Continues

Alamo Drafthouse continues expansion with new downtown Dallas location

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Rendering of new Alamo Drafthouse location in Cedars neighborhood
Alamo Drafthouse will soon be an everyday sight in the Cedars neighborhood south of downtown Dallas when a new branch opens there in 2015. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse DFW

On July 7, Alamo Drafthouse DFW confirmed it’s bringing a signature movie theater to the Cedars neighborhood near downtown Dallas. Alamo Drafthouse COO Bill DiGaetano told the Dallas Morning News it will open in mid-2015.

The new location will be at the corner of Cadiz and South Lamar streets — just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Gilley’s complex. That location is definitely underserved when it comes to movies; the closest first-run theater is the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village in Uptown Dallas.

The new theater will be a two-story structure with eight screens and seating for around 1,000. Like its sibling in Richardson, it will also have a branch of the Glass Half Full Taproom, this one situated on the theater's second floor, so that it will have a killer view of downtown Dallas.

DiGaetano says that they’ve been looking at the South Lamar location ever since they decided to bring the theater chain to Dallas-Fort Worth. "Everything about downtown and South Dallas dovetails perfectly with the Alamo brand," DiGaetano says in a release. "The convergence of chef-driven restaurants, food trucks, craft breweries, the Arts District, and homegrown/local retail are all complementary characteristics of Alamo culture and lifestyle."

As per usual at Alamo, the films shown will be a mixture of first-run movies and special screenings like quote-alongs and cult classics. You can also expect it to attract its fair share of special events like the Dallas International Film Festival, which has mainly taken place at the Angelika Film Center the past two years.

Those hoping to see Alamo expand more toward the Fort Worth side may be heartened to hear that, according to a thread on its Facebook page, Alamo is already on the hunt for a third Dallas-Fort Worth location.

The addition of Alamo Drafthouse is just the latest development for the burgeoning South Side Lamar District, which also includes NYLO South Side hotel and SODA bar, Cedars Social, Gilley’s, Full Circle Tavern, Southside Ballroom, Terrace Bistro, Opening Bell Coffee, Poor David’s Pub and Bill’s Records.

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