Popular Austin-based chain Alamo Drafthouse — a dine-in movie theater that first opened in Brooklyn last year — is expanding to Staten Island. Staten Island Advance reports that the company signed a lease to open a movie theater-restaurant-bar combo at the $150 million Hylan Boulevard development. The new location will host as many as 10 movie screens and 1,000 seats.
The chain is known for its eclectic movie programming schedule of indie films, blockbusters, and older classics, as well as its food and beverage service. Its first New York City location in Downtown Brooklyn at City Point opened last October and has local touches like Oddfellows ice cream and a cocktail bar with wax figures called House of Wax. See the menu for that location here.
When the movie theater first tried to open in New York, only one theater in New York also offered food and beverage wait service during films — Nitehawk in Williamsburg. Now, tons of independent theaters like this have opened in the city, including iPic in Seaport, Metrograph on the Lower East Side, and Syndicated in Bushwick. Nitehawk is also planning its second location.
They’re popular concepts, but this will be the first one on Staten Island. The borough has been getting its share of high profile restaurants recently. In the next couple of years, two Shake Shacks, Surf BBQ & Grill from Hometown’s Billy Durney, and Mighty Quinn’s will be opening.