NYC: Upper West Side Alamo Drafthouse ain’t happening


Good news for New Yorkers who like bad news: plans for a proposed Alamo Drafthouse in the Upper West Side have been scrapped. Kaput. Finito. Not pining for the fjords. Has ceased to be. The sad news was posted on the Drathouse website. The key part of the statement:

Construction costs have risen tremendously since engaging in the project back in early 2012 (due in some measure to ongoing Hurricane Sandy reconstruction efforts) and ultimately the location is no longer financially viable for us. We would love to make the upper west side location our next neighborhood theater in New York, but we cannot see this particular location as sustainable under current conditions.

The Yonkers Drafthouse location is currently open at least, and plans appear to be unchanged for the downtown Brooklyn Drafthouse location in 2015. I haven’t had a chance to get out to the Yonkers one yet since it’s inconvenient to get to from where I am. It’s going to happen eventually, though.

Looks like it’s back to the Nitehawk for now… or, you know, brown bagging it at the Pavillion.

[Drafthouse blog via NY Times ArtsBeat]

Hubert Vigilla
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