AUSTIN, Texas - March 13, 2013 // PRNewswire // - Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is pleased to announce plans to open their first El Paso location with EPT Land Communities and franchise partner Triple Tap Ventures LLC, owner and operator of the Houston area Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theaters. The first El Paso location will serve as the anchor tenant to the upcoming Montecillo Town Center, El Paso's first smart growth, mixed-use community development that will include several restaurants, retail outlets, and housing on El Paso's west side at 5001 N. Mesa St. The developer behind the highly anticipated Montecillo Town Center is EPT Land Communities.
The addition of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to Montecillo represents EPT's commitment to improving quality of life, not only for the residents of Montecillo, but El Paso as a whole. "Having an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in El Paso is something that has been on our city's wish list for years. We are excited and proud of being able to fulfill this wish for many El Pasoans. We look forward to great films, great restaurant quality food and great Alamo Drafthouse Cinema programming," said Richard Aguilar , partner in EPT Land Communities.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo location will be a state of the art location with nine screens. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with high-tech 100 percent digital projection, as well as excellent screen size-to-room ratio, and amazing sound. In addition to the superior AV equipment, the layout of each auditorium will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will also present special outdoor events and programming to be hosted in Montecillo's public spaces such as movie nights in the park.
"The Alamo Drafthouse family has close ties to El Paso and we are happy to partner with Triple Tap Ventures and EPT Land Communities to open in this amazing, culturally rich city," says Tim League , CEO & Founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. "Like our hometown of Austin, it has a big city feel, but one with a tightly knit community."
"We are tremendously excited to be partnering with EPT Land Communities to bring the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to El Paso," states Triple Tap Ventures President, Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen . "We look forward to serving the local El Paso community and bringing to town the unique and unparalleled Alamo Drafthouse Cinema experience." Triple Tap Ventures LLC is the owner and operator of the Houston metropolitan area Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations, as well as holding the exclusive development rights for Houston and several West Texas cities including El Paso.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run and independent films along with special event programming, and featuring an extensive menu of foods made from scratch in state-of-the-art culinary kitchens. Customers order all food and drinks from servers who quietly attend to them throughout the movie. Customers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy curated pre-show entertainment. Instead of a barrage of advertising, a pre-show of rare (and often hilarious) clips are shown that change on a regular basis, often tailored specifically to the feature film.
Additionally, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema protects the theater experience with a zero tolerance policy for people who disrupt the film with talking or texting. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema made global news for a viral "Don't Talk" PSA that used a humorously misguided voicemail from an actual patron who was ejected for texting during the film. The full story on the long tradition of Alamo's no talking/texting policy can be found here.
For additional information on Montecillo Town Center, please visit www.eptmontecillo.com.
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League , created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.
Located in El Paso's west side at 5001 N. Mesa Street, Montecillois designed to offer a mixture of residential living environments blended with entertainment, commercial and retail business opportunities to include Time, a three concept restaurant by the creators of Crave. Quality of life is at the forefront of this development concept. Our first step toward our 300-acre Montecillo vision, The Venue at Montecillo apartments began in May 2011 with blended environments featuring first floor retail and upper floor apartment homes. Currently, The Venue at Montecillo is at 94 percent capacity and features amenities such as a business center, clubhouse, exercise room, several pools and a Jacuzzi. Final touches on a gelaterie named Gufo Di Milano are in process as we speak and a burger joint called Urban Burger is soon to begin construction at the retail spaces at the ground level of The Venue at Montecillo. Upcoming is TIME, a three concept-restaurant by the creators of Crave that will be located on the corner of Montecillo and Mesa. This signature project is designed to promote and incorporate an urban, pedestrian lifestyle. The Venue at Montecillo Apartmentsconsist of four separate structures, each four stories tall.
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EPT Land Communities is a developer of blended commercial and residential real estate. We specialize in the acquisition, planning, design and construction management of communities as well as multi-family investment and property management services.
We offer a diverse range of purchase options to the commercial developer as well as to the homebuilder. We take pride in cultivating and sustaining solid working relationships with all real estate, lending and engineering professionals.
Our commitment to creating business and personal environments reflects our desire to achieve timeless appeal to the end user. Developing for future generations to come is our primary concern.
Triple Tap Ventures LLC owns and operates the Houston metropolitan area Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations as well as exclusive development rights for Houston and several other Texas cities. Triple Tap Ventures and its principals are focused on developing, owning, and operating strong regional and national hospitality and entertainment concepts. www.tripletapventures.com
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