June 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for its first location in Nebraska. The eight-screen theater, bar, and restaurant will be owned by Entertainment Management, operated by Alamo Drafthouse and located at the Southport West development across the street from the existing Cabelas.
Alamo Drafthouse combines dinner, drinks, films and events, all under one roof. The theaters have been heralded for their unique programming events and high exhibition standards, earning accolades like "Best Theater Ever" (Time Magazine) and "the coolest theater in the world" (Wired).
Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run movies, independent films and special events with an extensive menu made from scratch. Customers order food and drinks from servers who quietly attend to them throughout the movie.
Customers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Instead of a barrage of advertising, the Alamo shows a curated collection of rare and humorous clips. "We're proud of the fact that we don't show advertising," Tim League said. "People don't want to pay for a film and then be bombarded with 20 minutes or more of shampoo commercials and military recruiting ads. Even if you don't like the movie, our goal is to make the preshow entertainment so good you are still glad you came."
Additionally, Alamo Drafthouse protects the theater experience with a zero tolerance policy for people who disrupt the film with talking or texting. Alamo Drafthouse was featured on 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.
Alamo Drafthouse La Vista will feature eight screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo's unique signature programming with seating for over 800 moviegoers. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art digital projection and sound. Alamo Drafthouse La Vista will also be equipped for 35mm projection. In addition to the superior AV equipment, the layout of each screening room will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience. The theater is expected to open in 2015. Look for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AlamoOmaha) , Twitter (www.twitter.com/AlamoOmaha) and our blog (www.drafthouse.com/blog).
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 17 years later, the now 18-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired.com. 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 genre 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 Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.
Entertainment Management combines partners with expertise in both restaurant and cinema operations. They are a locally managed company and are striving to create a theatre in which both the City of LaVista and the surrounding Omaha metro can benefit from. This is their first Alamo Drafthouse location, and they plan to expand the brand throughout the Midwest.
SOURCE Alamo Drafthouse