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Alamo Drafthouse Announces Plan to Open Theater in San Francisco

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Indiewire February 16, 2012 at 6:41PM

Marking the first time the Drafthouse will own and operate a theater outside of Austin, the news finds the Drafthouse planning a "massive renovation" of the historic New Mission Theater.
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The New Mission Theater, pre-renovation.
Alamo Drafthouse blog The New Mission Theater, pre-renovation.

The Alamo Drafthouse has announced the latest plans to expand beyond its headquarters in Austin with a new theater set to open in San Francisco.

Marking the first time the Drafthouse will own and operate a theater outside of Austin, the news finds the Drafthouse planning a "massive renovation" of the historic New Mission Theater.

Alamo founder Tim League posted on the Drafthouse blog details about his plans for the expansion, including the discovery of the new location, League’s affinity for the city and his plan to hire a programming staff from within the San Francisco film community.

After starting with a single unit in Austin, TX, Alamo spread to five locations in the city, has branched out to greater Texas and Virginia, and has announced a new theater near Denver, CO by the end of the year.

This announcement marks a second boon in as many months for the company, just weeks after “Bullhead,” a film distributed by Alamo’s Drafthouse Films, was nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

All the details on the New Mission renovation can be found here.