What Is the History of the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia?


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The Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia, is part of a chain that started in Austin, Texas. Owners Tim and Karrie League started out showing second-run pictures on a single screen, selling tickets at a discount. With the help of Austin natives Harry Knowles and Richard Linklater, the Leagues were able to buy an old parking garage and turn it into a first-rate theater that began hosting film premieres. Director Quentin Tarantino got involved and started hosting his own screenings.

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More Alamo Drafthouses began to open around Austin, with multiple screens that could play both current Hollywood picks and independent films. The theaters expanded into other Texas cities, including Houston, Dallas and El Paso. It wasn't long before the brand went nationwide, with outlets in Yonkers, New York, Denver, Colorado and the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia.

The Drafthouse features a food and beverage delivery service directly to the theater seats. Items are ordered off a menu and written down on special pads to be placed on a long, slender table that runs in front of each row. Cell phones and other mobile devices are not allowed, and the staff won't hesitate to kick anyone out for ignoring the policy.

As of 2015, the Winchester location has nine screens.

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