Where Was the Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Located?


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The original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was located at 409 Colorado Street in Austin, Texas. The location was previously a parking garage. In 1997, Tim and Karrie League first opened the Alamo Drafthouse as a single-screen cinema. The theater began operating with second run titles at discount rates. Within a year of its operation, the Leagues transformed the theater into a popular cinema hub that served as a venue for film premieres and visiting filmmakers.

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Following success of the theater’s operation, the Leagues began opening small multiplexes throughout Austin. As of 2015, Alamo has theaters located throughout Texas, including Austin, Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels and Dallas, in addition to Lubbock and El Paso. Located countrywide, Alamo has theaters in places such as Winchester, Virginia; Yonkers, New York; Denver, Colorado; and Ashburn, Virginia. In addition to precise film presentation and programming, Alamo Drafthouse offers cold beers, snacks and meals for customers.

From its inception, the company adheres to a strict zero tolerance policy regarding talking or texting during the movie. The theater does not allow unaccompanied children, although babies are admitted to select “baby day” screenings. The Leagues also refrain from screening any advertisements or promotional content in their theaters. As of 2015, Tim League is the chief executive officer of the company.

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