In April 2012, Alamo announced it would take over the former Metro Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side to create a five screen theater. Last month, the Alamo Drafthouse opened a theater in Yonkers, just north of New York City. Distraught fans are tweeting about the news. @AlamoNYC responded "We're sad about it too! For now we still have Yonkers, and Brooklyn in the future." Construction on an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn is already underway.
An often-stated priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York City. While that still stands true, the reality of the upper west side Metro is that too much has changed since we initially began work on the location. Construction costs have risen tremendously since engaging in the project back in early 2012 (due in some measure to ongoing Hurricane Sandy reconstruction efforts) and ultimately the location is no longer financially viable for us. We would love to make the upper west side location our next neighborhood theater in New York, but we cannot see this particular location as sustainable under current conditions.