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L.A.’s first Alamo Drafthouse: new Downtown spot for Cinefiles

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L.A.’s first Alamo Drafthouse wants to be your (boozy) new Downtown hangout

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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The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.

L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.

At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.

Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]

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WeHo’s Employees Only is Delivering Cocktail Kits, TP and Food

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WeHo’s Employees Only is now delivering cocktail kits, toilet paper and food

WEST HOLLYWOOD (TimeOut) — This week alone, coronavirus has seen some of our favorite restaurants temporarily close and alter their hours and business models. And with Angelenos heeding authorities and staying home to avoid the virus’s spread, many of the city’s restaurants are adapting with new delivery service , special menus and to-go options. As of today, Employees Only just so happens to freshly deliver cocktail fixings and toilet paper—the real MVPs in a lockdown.

The new service is available through Postmates and includes instructions and ingredients to whip up some of the world-famous cocktail bar’s concoctions; all you’ll need are the spirits and a shaker. And because man cannot survive on cocktails alone, the Employees Only kitchen is offering a handful of dishes […]

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R&B, Hip-Hip, Trap & Soul: ‘CLSQ Fridays’ at The Chapel at The Abbey

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Friday nights at The Chapel at The Abbey will have you moving to a different beat beginning March 6.

Formerly a weekly Thursday event at The Chapel, CLSQ Fridays (CLSQ is pronounced “classic”) joins the weekend lineup with celebrity co-hosts, periodic guest performances, and music from 80-90s up through today’s top urban-contemporary RnB & Hip-Hop.

Brandon Anthony, the creator of Summer BASH (Los Angeles’ black gay pride weekend) and producer of LA Pride’s Hip-Hop Stages is bringing classic and contemporary RnB, Hip-Hip, Soul and Trap music to The Chapel with an evening called CLSQ Fridays.

“B.A.S.H. LA is a platform to build community partnerships for fellowship and provide an outlet of inclusivity within LGBTQ community.” said Brandon Anthony. “The Chapel at The Abbey has evenings and events that cater to a variety of LGBTQ people and we’re happy to bring the CLSQ audience and flavor to West Hollywood for a fun Friday night out on the town.”

Each week CLSQ will feature a variety of celebrity co-hosts and notable LGBTQ people of color who advocate for inclusivity and visibility in gayborhoods and mainstream LGBTQ culture around the world, making The Chapel at The Abbey another inclusive space for locals and travelers within the LGBTQ community.

So get ready to turn up the volume and dance.

The grand opening for CLSQ Friday’s at The Chapel at The Abbey will be co-hosted by beauty and fashion power houses Sir John, global makeup artist to Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, and the iconic red carpet designer duo Wayman & Micah who’re recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.

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The Chapel at The Abbey also hosts Altar Girl Thursday, produced by Girl Bar. It is Los Angeles’ longest running lesbian entertainment group, and hosts its own evening, Heavenly Bodies Sunday, a night celebrating the transgender and queer communities.

The Chapel at The Abbey is located at 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

For more information about CLSQ and B.A.S.H visit bashlaevents.com and follow on
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For more information about The Chapel at The Abbey and VIP table reservations visit theabbeyweho.com and follow on Instagram @thechapelweho.

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