Famously, the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain, doesn't tolerate talking or texting during a movie—they've even gotten celebrities to make righteously rude trailers for them, to hammer the point home. But at least for now, talk and text away (and tell your friends): Alamo Drafthouse is finally coming to Brooklyn. After a long period of construction and planning, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn will be opening this summer, per a press release issued yesterday afternoon. A specific date is forthcoming. The theater, located at 445 Gold St (just around the corner from Hill Country, in case you're wondering), will boast seven screens, 35 millimeter and full digital presentation, and in-theater dining from a menu "influenced by local flavors and ingredients."
Alamo Drafthouse arrives during a moment of NYC cinephilia that feels like a gold rush. Only a month ago, Metrograph, a new Lower East Side art house, opened to great acclaim and nightly sold-out screenings that are still going strong. And Quad Cinema, shuttered in 2015, is expected to reopen this summer too, boasting a full renovation, new seats and an expanded commitment to classic repertory cinema. Alamo Drafthouse will compete, in its immediate area, with BAMcinématek, the revered Brooklyn institution. To judge from other Alamo theaters, its signature blend of programming will skew toward midnight titles, cult shockers, new indies and the fun stuff. Here's the new theater's website—bookmark it, if you call yourself a self-respecting movie lover.