UPDATE 1/30/13: Alamo Drafthouse Signage Goes Up At Metro Theater
Posted last week that a liquor license application had been filed for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema slated to move into the long-vacant Metro Theater space at 2626 Broadway (between 99th & 100th).
The Community Board 7 Business & Consumer Issues Committee met last night to vote on the matter and, as expected, the application was approved.
Unfortunately, it now looks like the theater’s opening has been pushed back to 2014.
DNAinfo has the details from last night’s CB 7 meeting.
When word first broke back in April that the immensely popular Texas-based theater chain was coming to the Upper West Side, the plan was for it to open by 2013.
That no longer appears to be the case — per DNA:
Tim Reed, the company’s chief development officer, said the theater’s exterior is landmarked and will remain the same, but that the interior gutting and renovations necessary would push the opening date to 2014.
That’s disappointing news, but I can’t say I’m entirely surprised given the scope of the project.
The initial press release from Alamo back in April noted that the UWS location would include five screens. DNA reports some additional details — there will be a total of 378 seats, with individual theaters ranging in size from 30 to 115 seats.
If you’re looking for some additional information about Alamo Drafthouse and why this particular opening has so many people excited, I’ll refer you back to a post from April titled UWS Openings: Alamo Drafthouse = All Kinds Of Awesome.
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