Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the acclaimed dine-in art house chain with a strict no-talking no-texting policy, is finally opening its first New York location in Yonkers on August 5. The company will continue expansion into New York, with plans to open a theater on the Upper West Side (the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway) in 2014 and in Downtown Brooklyn in 2015.
To celebrate the Grand Opening, the six-screen Yonkers theater will open its doors early during its staff training days on August 2-4 to offer $2 movies and half priced food and drink (excluding alcohol) to lucky early customers/guinea pigs. There is an eclectic mix of new releases and oldies lined up for these staff training days. The program features “The Act of Killing,” “A Band Called Death,” “2 Guns,” “The Way Way Back,” “The Shining,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” A peek at the Grand Opening programming promises all the latest new releases plus special screenings such as a “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Quote-Along (first-timers will likely be overwhelmed), a Totally 80s sing-along dance party, boasting a curated array of the best 80s music videos projected on the big screen for you to sing and dance along to, and “The Darjeeling Limited,” featuring a special Indian food menu.
The Alamo Drafthouse boasts ticket prices of $9 during the day and $12 after 6pm. All patrons must be at least 18 years or older or be accompanied by a parent (perhaps they are targeting teens for being notorious texters?). You can also avoid the standard screaming baby drama: children under 3 are not allowed except on special baby days. No kids under 6 except for G and PG movies before 6 PM. You have been warned. And of course, there is the famous no-talking no-texting policy — rule breakers will be removed from the theater. Hopefully, this strict regimen will make for a better viewing experience for those of us actually there to watch the movie.
Tickets are on sale now. Check out their website here for more tantalizing details and the full menu by Chef Lupe Gutierrez.
Will you be driving up to Yonkers to experience the Alamo? Or are you content to wait for the West Side and Brooklyn theaters to open?