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Alamo Drafthouse To Take Over San Francisco's New Mission Theater

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 16, 2012 at 8:43PM

Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse are a force that will not be stopped, from expanding their exhibition reach beyond Austin, Texas to releasing foreign Oscar nominee "Bullhead" (more from the director and star here).
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Alamo Drafthouse
Tim League
Tim League

Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse are a force that will not be stopped, from expanding their exhibition reach beyond Austin, Texas to releasing foreign Oscar nominee "Bullhead" (more from the director and star here).

Check out League's announcement of their plans to renovate the New Mission Theater in San Francisco:

We are planning on a full and complete historic renovation.  Even though our plan is to subdivide the balconies into small boutique theaters, we will be doing it in such a way as to preserve nearly all of the amazing architectural details of the space.  We would still preserve the massive downstairs screen and transform that space into a potential premiere venue with state of the art sound and picture.  We have been working hand-in-hand with the both historic and neighborhood groups to make sure that our restoration plans meet with their approval.  The great news is that the theater interior is largely in good shape.  A large percentage of the interior details have been preserved and even most of the light fixtures are intact.

I sat down for a flip cam interview with League at the time of the release of "Four Lions." Never underestimate this guy. We're doing a panel at the upcoming CinemaCon (the National Association of Theater Owners convention in Las Vegas in April) which should be revealing indeed. Exhibitors should pay him some heed, because he's giving audiences what they want.

This article is related to: Exhibition, Independents


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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.