The long-awaited opening of Brooklyn’s first Alamo Drafthouse is finally in sight. The Austin-based dinner-and-a-movie chain will open its doors at Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point this summer, the company said Tuesday.
The City Point location, at 445 Gold Street, will be the national chain’s first New York City location (although there is already a branch up in Yonkers and there was a past attempt at an Upper West Side outpost), for which it signed a lease back in 2012.
Founded in 1997, Alamo Drafthouse is known for pioneering the trend of restaurant-theater combos, and is preceded in Brooklyn by Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema and Bushwick’s recently opened Syndicated, both of which offer a similar dining and viewing experience on a more local scale.
Brooklyn’s Drafthouse will have seven screens and show films ranging from indie reels to Hollywood blockbusters. Although the Brooklyn location’s menu has not yet been announced, highlights from its 23 other locations include goat cheese pizza, mini banh mi hot dogs and hatch green chile pork stew, and according to a press release, the Brooklyn spot will serve locally brewed beer. Drafthouse patrons are served their food during the screening.
Besides Alamo Drafthouse, City Point, a mixed-use complex located on the site of the former Albee Square Mall, will also include hundreds of residential units and a sprawling 30,000-square-foot food hall featuring 55 eateries, including beloved borough ice creamery Ample Hills and Lower East Side landmark Katz’s Delicatessen.