Plans fall apart for Manhattan Drafthouse

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 11, 2013 at 7:55 am


NEW YORK, NY — The anticipated Alamo Drafthouse planned for the former Metro Theater is no longer on the slate. Since announcing plans in April 2012 Alamo cites a major rise in construction costs as the source of its demise. It would have been the chain’s first Manhattan location.

Read more in the New York Times.

(Thanks to Patrick Crowley for providing the photo.)

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Comments (4)

thebrat on October 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Well THAT just sucks.

moviebuff82 on October 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I agree. Maybe they’ll make one in new jersey. If amc’s lease in rockaway expires, then alamo drafthouse will come in lol…

John Fink
John Fink on October 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

It does suck (although I would have likely been more apt to travel to Yonkers than the New Metro, all things being equal).

I was at Yonkers opening night and briefly suggested to Tim League they look into Headquarters Plaza in Morristown – which I think would have been an ideal spot (AMC is moving back with those great luxury recliners – which is pretty great news as well).

I’m hoping they’re behind the new Paramus Park 13 but suspect not as Alamo’s largest complexes have 10-screens each. Paramus Park would make sense as a more civilized alternative to GSP, which really should have been a 20+ screen theater (it, along with Clifton Commons and Rockaway is constantly packed…even on weeknights).

It’s worth noting iPic is planning a luxury cinema in Fort Lee, they seem like the kind of theater that might take over this project if the developers still really want a theater. And with their ticket prices ($35 in some markets verses Alamo’s modest $12 in Yonkers) the numbers might make sense for them.

MPol on October 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

Scrapping the plans for an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Manhattan’s West Side:

That’s too bad. Although I don’t reside in NY at all, I was sort of hoping that the plan would go through, and that maybe it would pave the way for a possibility for an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema here in the Boston area. I like their zero-tolerance policy regarding texting/cell phone use in the movie theatre during the movie(s). We could use some of that in theatres here!

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