Insanely popular movie theater-restaurant Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Detroit in 2020. The chain based out of Austin, Texas, is slated to land at 90-114 Stimson St. in Cass Corridor close to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Woodward Avenue, Crain’s reports.
The project is being developed by Jonathan Hartzell, James Therkalsen, and Dominic Walbridge, the partners behind soon-to-open food hall Detroit Shipping Company. They estimated that the total construction of the 44,000-square-foot, 9-screen theater will cost more than $13 million and will seat roughly 900 people. Alamo Drafthouse is also known offering a robust bar and restaurant menu that’s served during screenings of a mixture of first-run and independent films. Eater has reached out for more details.
The Alamo Drafthouse project is still in the process of completing the sale of the land, which is owned by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department; the decision is expected to be finalized this afternoon. After that, the Alamo Drafthouse will need the blessing of Detroit’s city council. The partners hope to break ground by the end of the year.
This is excellent news for movie fans in Detroit as the city has very few theaters within city limits. Alamo Drafthouse is the second theater to be announced for Detroit this year. Homegrown theater group, Emagine Entertainment struck a deal with rapper Big Sean to open a 10- to 12-screen theater in downtown in 2020. The exact location has yet to be confirmed.
• Alamo Drafthouse 9-Screen Movie Theater Set for Key Midtown Detroit Site [Crain’s]
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