I have been going to the same one lone movie theater to get my movie fix when new releases come out not because Cinemark is the only theater around but because it is the closest and most convenient one for me to get to. All that changed however after visiting Denton for the first time and finding the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema after a short google search of movie theaters in the area.
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Let me quickly say here that this review of the Alamo Drafthouse isn't of the one in Denton which was completely fabulous by the way but of the one located in Richardson. It's much smaller in comparison but still has the same retro chic vibe. My first time discovery was not simultaneous to my decision to start writing reviews which is why this review will be of the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson and not Denton.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is unlike any other because it is reminiscent of an old Hollywood movie theater where I imagine the likes of Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra walking the red carpet in front of frenzied paparazzi and adoring fans to their latest movie premiere.
The Alamo is an American cinema chain founded in 1997 in Austin, Texas and is famous for its strict policy of requiring its audiences to maintain proper cinemagoing etiquette. I believe the mission statement here is 'good food, good beer and good film all in the same place' which I can absolutely attest to. The ticketing area is to the left of you once you enter the building with the 'drafthouse' located just next to it where you can have yourself a cold brew or 2 before, after and even during your movie.
I love that there is a menu filled with sumptuous meal options of burgers, salads, pizzas and desserts all freshly made and paired to suit whatever movie you are watching. Servers are on hand to take your raised order and the service is prompt as it is pleasant and professional.
The stadium style seating at the Richardson location is cool but very different from the more modern seating style in Denton with paired seats that recline and have individual food trays. The 60s style decor in the screening rooms is another exciting draw for me. The camera wheel accents and dark lighting elicits a feeling of being back in a more innocent time and space.
The old movie trailers and commercials that play before a movie are a highlight reel of timeless classics that I found quite enjoyable to watch.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has 40 locations across the United States with 7 more being built across Texas. Google to see if there is an Alamo where you live and go check it out for yourself.
Until next week, have a great weekend and there may or may not be a post up on Thanksgiving Day. We'll see...
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