Wildly popular movie theater-restaurant combo Alamo Drafthouse might be opening its next New York City location in the Financial District.
Sources tell Steve Cuozzo at the Post that the Austin-based chain is close to signing a lease at the 28 Liberty Street tower — the same building where hospitality giant Danny Meyer will have a sky-high restaurant.
Alamo plans to build ten movie screens on the third below-ground level, with room for up to 600 seats. It is expected to open as early as 2018. Eater has reached out to Alamo for more information.
The company, known for showing a mix of both blockbuster and indie film programming and for a robust food offering served during screenings, opened its first location in Brooklyn last year, after years of anticipation. At the time, founder Tim League said he thought New York is still “underscreened,” implying that expansion would be on the horizon. Already, they’ve signed a lease to open an outpost on Staten Island as well.
Food at the Downtown Brooklyn location is what you’d find at a particularly large bar-restaurant, with items like hot wings and burgers as well as Cobb and kale salads.
In the last year, movie theaters with dine-in food service have exploded. Besides Alamo, there’s iPic in Seaport, Metrograph in LES, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen in Bushwick, and the upcoming Nitehawk in Park Slope.