NYC: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opening in Downtown Brooklyn this summer


It’s official: New York City will finally get an Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn this summer. If you live in New York and love your movies, it is now time to do a happy dance of some sort. Go on, do it. Yeah. Nice. Hey! C’mon now, there are children present.

You may recall that the Upper West Side Alamo Drafthouse was scrapped in 2013 because, well, the rent is too damn high. There’s a Drafthouse in Yonkers, but it’s a bit of a schlep. The new location (445 Gold Street) will be far more convenient for people who live in NYC proper.

According to the press release, the Downtown Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse will feature the signature Terror Tuesday, Video Vortex, and Girlie Night series the Drafthouse is known for, while also featuring NYC-centric programming.

Brooklyn Creative Manager Cristina Cacioppo hints at an eclectic lineup. “As a local and avid moviegoer myself, I know New Yorkers are equally excited for the latest from Pixar as they are the first from Michael Haneke.” Cacioppo added, “This city has the most adventurous audiences of anywhere in the world and our screens will be reflective of that.”

Part of me wonders what the new Drafthouse means for comparable cinema experiences currently in New York, like The Nitehawk in Williamsburg or the newly opened Syndicated in Bushwick. Similarly, the lounge and restaurant at Metrograph in the Lower East Side should finally be opening this month. The more movie-going options, the merrier, at least that’s what I hope.

All you New York readers out there, how do you feel about finally getting the Alamo Drafthouse in town? Let us know in the comments.

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Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.