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Alamo Drafthouse to open in City Point development on Fulton Mall

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Brooklynites won’t have to travel far to mess with Texas when the Alamo Drafthouse — Austin’s legendary dinner-and-a-movie joint — opens an outpost on the Fulton Mall.

The restaurant and cinema will be a part of the long-planned City Point mega-development, which includes retail, offices, housing, and what could be the borough’s tallest building. The seven-screen theater will start showing movies in 2015, the same year a Century 21 department store is slated to open its doors in the complex.

The Texan cinema titans say they can’t wait to bring their th-eatery to the borough.

“I am extremely excited about the major development in downtown Brooklyn and proud to be a part of it,” said Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “Although more than two years on the horizon, I can tell you that the City Point Brooklyn Alamo will be our best theater yet.”

The Alamo pioneered the growing movie-house trend of offering sit-down meals and alcoholic beverages when it brought cabaret-style tables and second-run pictures to the hipster capital of the southwest in 1997.

Patrons order food and beverages by writing their orders on slips, which waiters pick up during the movie.

Over the past 15 years, the Alamo has grown to screen indies and blockbusters alike in six locations in Austin, as well as theaters throughout the country, in cities including San Francisco, Denver, and Kansas City, Mo.

The cinema chain — which is planning outposts in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Yonkers — has also gained notoriety for its refusal to play trailers or other commercials and its zero-tolerance policy toward talking and texting.

It won’t be the first place in Brooklyn that combines the silver platter and the silver screen.

The Nitehawk Cinema, which opened in Williamsburg last year, also offers dinner and beverages served by waiters during films. That theater shows first-run, indie, and midnight movies, and plays experimental films before each showing.

Updated 3:51 pm, December 3, 2012
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
There's and old expression from yesteryear that goes a little something like this, if you will: "If you don't have anything good to say about something, then you should not say anything about it." Now, I certianly would like to avoid any kind of trouble here-at all costs, so I will be choosing to take the high road here, if you don't mind. I will say one thing, though.
Dec. 3, 2012, 2:52 pm
scott from park slope says:
Chicago had a place called Brew'n'View at the Vic Theater that served pitchers and pizza while you watched the movies. It was a great date spot and a lot of fun to go with pals. If the experience is similar at this place it will be a hit.
Dec. 3, 2012, 5:09 pm
peter from bay ridge says:
i heard they kick people out for talking. good luck down at fulton mall.
Dec. 4, 2012, 12:56 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
I think Nitehawk is much better having spent ample time at the austin alamo drafthouse... just saying
Dec. 6, 2012, 1:04 pm
Seen it all from outer space says:
Sitting watching movies and eating quietly , on fulton street ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Dec. 6, 2012, 8:03 pm
friday from brooklyn says:
are they gonna check to see who you voted for or who you work for - then turn you away?
Dec. 7, 2012, 10:04 am
YIKES from BK says:
this is going to fail. the drafthouses's policies (talking/texting) just dont translate well in BK to begin with ESPECIALLY on fulton mall. and theyre going to kick patrons out who dont comply?? i think i will be there every weekend for the first opening month just to see the fights. Even the UA on court and atlantic is "not pleasant".
Dec. 13, 2012, 11:17 am
seen it all from outer space says:
The UA is not pleasant why is that ,i dont understand what you mean ?????? please fill us in ....
Dec. 18, 2012, 11:20 pm

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