Alamo Drafthouse Opens Its First Michigan Cinema Downtown

By Justina Kilumelume, Contributor

A new movie theatre will be opening in downtown Kalamazoo in just two weeks. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced last Thursday that the Cinema will open on Monday, Nov. 19, 2013.

The movie theater, which was initially supposed to open this summer has been undergoing renovations since early this year and its opening, has been postponed at least once.

Unlike the Kalamazoo 10 Cinema, the Alamo Drafthouse is within walking distance from K-College. It is located at 180 Portage Street, the place formerly occupied by the Rave Cityplace 14 Cinema that closed down last year in November.

The grand opening of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be on November 18. Tim League, the CEO will hold the ribbon cutting ceremony with Kalamazoo City Officials at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19 to mark the official opening of the movie theater. November 15, 16 and 17 will be their staff training days and they will be offering a 50% discount off food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Alamo Drafthouse is an Austin, Texas based company, and this is their first theater in Michigan. In addition to providing both new mainstream films and independent films, the new theatre will also be providing food services and alcoholic beverages.

They will serve Alamo signature dishes. All are made from scratch and use local ingredients and produce. The food and drink menu will mainly consist of foods such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and milkshakes. The menu will cater to both children and adults.

The Drafthouse boasts of having more beer choices “than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream flavors.” They will also be committed to showcasing locally-produced beer with about 32 different local beers. Many of these beers come from west Michigan breweries. The locally brewed beers include Bell’s Brewery, Short’s Brewery, Founders Brewing and many more.

They plan on collaborating with Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes and People’s Food Co-op to hold their own Anti-Hunger Games, Beginning Nov. 20 and, continuing through the holidays, they will be collecting non-perishable food for Loaves & Fishes.

It is clear that the company is not only interested in bringing great entertainment, food and beer to Kalamazoo, but that they are also aware of care for the local community’s needs.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plans on hiring over 150 local employees. They are now accepting applications for kitchen staff and servers through their website,  www.drafthouse.com/careers.