At the tail end of last week, Alamo Drafthouse confirmed a Feb. 12 opening date for its new theater at 1005 South Lamar St. in the Cedars. The “grand opening” is March 9. We didn’t have many more details than that at the time.
After attending a “State of Alamo DFW” media roundtable Saturday with some local Alamo bigwigs, details are slightly less scarce. The chit-chat was at the branch in Richardson, so we still have not seen the interior of downtown Dallas’ long-awaited movie theater. (The Dallas Morning News has, if you’re more of a visual learner.)
But Alamo DFW COO Bill DiGaetano, creative manager James Wallace, and general managers Champ Jones and Jordan Michael did have some interesting tidbits about the Dallas theater, and about Alamo Drafthouse’s expanding presence in North Texas. Theaters are coming to Las Colinas and Little Elm, and DiGaetano hinted that a Tarrant County location may not be far off — although Fort Worth itself remains Alamo’s “great white whale.” There is, unfortunately, no chance of Alamo Drafthouse taking over the Lakewood Theater anytime soon, DiGaetano said. (The lack of parking remains a sticking point.)
Let’s talk about the new theater downtown, though. Here are the bullet points of what we learned: