We've known this was coming for a couple of weeks. We also knew that the Alamo Drafthouse, an Austin-based theater chain, will take over the space, after they mistakenly posted a press release to their site. Yesterday, when the AMC-Cordish split became official, Alamo re-released the statement giving those who enjoy mixing beer with cinema the details they were desperate for.
"The facility is slated to open as an Alamo Drafthouse in the fall of 2012 but will continue to operate in its current configuration through the summer," the release said. It continued:
"The venue will feature six screens of new release movies, independent and repertory films as well as the Alamo's unique signature programming. The Mainstreet underwent an extensive $30 million dollar renovation in 2009 to become the centerpiece of the new Power & Light District in Kansas City, Missouri. With 4K digital projection, wall-to-wall screens and Dolby 11.1 sound, the Mainstreet is considered to be one of the most technically advanced theater designs in the world. In addition to continued presentation excellence, the Alamo Drafthouse renovation will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Mainstreet will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy."
That last sentence is a reference to rules that earned the Drafthouse a viral video last year. A woman was bounced from the theater for texting during a film, so she called and left a nasty voice message, which the theater operators posted online. It's so very enjoyable. (Contains lots of grown-up language.)
As for the drinking, it sounds like the Alamo has retro plans: "This new vision for the Mainstreet also extends to the theater's spacious interior bar, which will reemerge as The Chesterfield. The Chesterfield resurrects a slice of Kansas City's past, harkening back to the jazz age days of Paris on The Plains, when Charlie Parker's saxophone blared over 12th & Vine. With a list of classic cocktails and weekly music programming, the Chesterfield Club is a new destination in the Power & Light District."
And they're looking to hire managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters.
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