Editor's note: Alamo Drafthouse's website lists the Orlando location as Vineland Pointe, at the intersection of Regency Village Drive and Vineland Avenue -- and it's still "coming soon" as of August 2019.
Get ready, Florida movie buffs: The Alamo Drafthouse has announced they are opening a location in Orlando.
Opened in 1997 in Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse has expanded to 36 locations in 10 states. Besides the Orlando project, there are another 11 theaters slated to open later this year or in 2020.
The theater chain is beloved by moviegoers because of themed movie nights and an extensive food menu which includes everything from fried pickles and pizza to double patty hamburgers. They also have boozy drinks for the 21-and-over crowd.
And if you want more food or drinks during the movie, their servers are trained “like ninjas,” according to the theater, so no worries there.
But the heart of people’s love for the Alamo is the chain’s love of the craft. Sure, they show all the big blockbusters, along with smaller independent films, but they also have runs of beloved classics like “The Princess Bride” and “The Creature From the Black Lagoon.”
“They've really figured out how to create a community around their theaters,” said Joe Gross, the culture critic at the Austin American-Statesman.
Gross said that the theater chain captures that sense of community with specialty programming, such as Weird Wednesdays, where they might show a movie like “Superman III,” or Terror Tuesdays, where they might play the 1935 film “Mad Love.”
And he said the Alamo adjusts its programming based on local quirks.
“Once the folks in Orlando figure out what their community is interested in, they will have interesting screenings that will appeal to their market,” Gross said.
The Alamo Drafthouse theater in Orlando is expected to open next year.