Denton has been on the minds of Alamo Drafthouse execs for years. But the first stop for this dinner-and-a-flick movie house in North Texas was Richardson. Then the Cedars in Dallas. Las Colinas and Lake Highlands are next. Finally, Denton gets its moment: Alamo No. 5 is expected to open in June 2018 in little d, the city where some Alamo high-ups went to college.
The coming-soon Alamo Drafthouse in Denton will be located in Rayzor Ranch, near the intersection of 380 and Interstate 35E.
The movie chain that first launched in Austin has a reputation for its indie roots, its beer & food, and its no-nonsense approach to moviegoing. As in: Don't use your phone during the movie. Don't even leave it in your lap so it lights up and annoys your neighbor. It's rude, and Alamo will turn this car around if you don't comply. (They'll kick you out.)
The Alamo in Denton will have eight theaters, each with surround sound and recliners with foot rests, according to a press release. It will also show classic films on a 35mm projector.
And, it'll dig into cult-favorite movies. This event in Richardson is a good example of what the Denton theater might do: Alamo-Richardson is hosting a Home Alone pizza party, where attendees get all-you-can-eat cheese pie while they watch an elementary-school-aged Macaulay Culkin play our favorite kid from 1990, Kevin.
Expect other special events featuring watch parties for popular movies such as Elf, The Princess Bride and Ghostbusters.
"Denton has been a market we wanted Alamo Drafthouse to locate for a very long time," says DFW COO Bill DiGaetano in a statement.
The movie theater will be home to a bar and restaurant called Vetted Well. You may recognize that as the same-named bar with "killer cocktails and Dallas skyline views," our beer editor Tiney Ricciardi reported, at the Alamo Drafthouse in the Cedars. At Vetted Well in Denton, it'll pour something like 30 local beers, according to a statement.
Protip: Go to drafthouse.com/dfw/victory/sign-in and they will invite you to the grand opening in Denton.