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Expect an L.A. Alamo Drafthouse in 18 Months

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2013 at 4:09PM

Los Angeles moviegoers, take note! The Alamo Drafthouse has signed a letter of intent to open an eight-screen theater in downtown L.A. Reportedly the location being scoped is near the corner of 4th and Main Street in the city's Historic Core.
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Los Angeles moviegoers, take note! The Alamo Drafthouse has signed a letter of intent to open an eight-screen theater in downtown L.A. Reportedly the location being scoped is near the corner of 4th and Main Street in the city's Historic Core.

Developer Saaed Farkhondepour anticipates the L.A. Drafthouse to open in 18 months, a thrilling possibility given that the Alamo has been trying to secure a location in the city for years. (LA Observed speculates that the intense competition from boutique theaters the Arclight and Landmark have made the expansion process more difficult than in other cities.)

Alamo CEO Tim League, the ardent initiator and supporter of the "No Texting" theater movement, says that the one qualification for a new Alamo Drafthouse location is that "movie nerds who love movies" live there. 

As a movie nerd and Angeleno, I can say that L.A. certainly fits the bill.

Our extensive TOH! interview with League is here.

This article is related to: News, Alamo Drafthouse, Los Angeles, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.