The long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse theater boasts free video rentals and “serious discounts” during opening weeks. Timeout magazine reports…
It’s been “coming soon” for more than half of this current decade, but the dine-in movie theater chain finally opens its first L.A. outpost this weekend at the Bloc. Alamo Victory members get the first crack with screenings on Friday, July 19 while the general public can see flicks like The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Midsommar starting July 20. And for the theater’s first two weeks, it’ll be in staff training mode—meaning you can snag some serious discounts on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Expect the average ticket to run you $17.50, with $15 matinees every day and $18 on weekend evenings. In addition, the theater will offer a movie-a-day season pass (details are still to be announced).
If you’ve never been to an Alamo Drafthouse, here’s the gist: The theater screens first-run flicks along with repertory picks (for example, Terror Tuesday, with deep-cut horror films, and Weird Wednesday, with all sorts of dusted-off oddities) all within plush cinemas that boast in-theater food and drink service (including booze) and a hardline no talking, no texting policy.
We’d say the theater falls somewhere between the efficiency of the Arclight and the luxury of the iPic, but with the programming and panache of an arthouse; there’s some serious cinephile style thanks to 80-plus wall-sized movie posters from around the globe, an eclectic gift shop and a free—free!—video rental service and Vidiots revival in the lobby’s hangout area. Speaking of that lobby, it feels like a boozier version of your childhood friend’s basement….
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