There’s no reason for any of you to know this, but a great deal of FSR’s dearly beloved readership comes from the New York City area. It’s a natural thing. We report on the entertainment industry, so it doesn’t surprise that the likes of New York and Los Angeles are always near the top of our traffic charts, with our hometown of Austin, TX sneaking in to represent every once in a while. The latter of which happening most often when we mention the Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin-based theater chain that has inspired many a movie nerd from around the world to travel great distances for a $5 milkshake, a basket of queso fries and one of the most unique movie theater experiences on the planet.
Today we’re proud to report that our friends in NYC will now be able to take notice when we mention the Alamo Drafthouse, as CEO Tim League and company will be moving into their neighborhood very soon.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced today via press release its plans for its first location in New York. The five-screen Manhattan-area theater will be owned and operated by Alamo Drafthouse and located on the Upper West Side, occupying the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway.
“My often-stated top priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York,” said Alamo founder and CEO Tim League. “When we discovered the availability of the historic Metro theater, we immediately knew we had found the perfect location for our new Manhattan home.”
The venue will feature five screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo’s unique signature programming. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2013.
Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Manhattan theater. Employment applications can be downloaded at www.drafthouse.com/about/employment. You can also follow along with the Drafthouse on Twitter at twitter.com/drafhouse.