Hearne: Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Poised to Reopen November 15th

Remember the Alamo?

Seems like only yesterday Kansas City was abuzz with talk of how this sexy new operator out of Austin would revolutionize the moviegoing experience here.

That after an ugly divorce between locally based (and now Chinese owned) AMC and Power & Light District operator the Cordish Company.

The primary casualty in that split being AMC’s upscale cinema showcase The Mainstreet.

Attendees of the new Alamo would shut up and go textless or else.

Kickass trailers and movie shorts would totally rock and unusual promotions, such as nudist screenings and heavy metal singalongs would make the Mainstreet the place to be.

Did I mention there would be an ever-changing menu and dining in all of the theaters, not just the tiny screening rooms upstairs?

That was then.

In order to do all of that though the Alamo would need to reconfigure its auditoriums for the food and beverage service to work, shutting down one screen at a time while the work was being done.

That went to heck when the Alamo announced it would close the entire complex on October 1st and reopen a month or so later after the changes were in place.

Well, a month’s gone by and still no official word on the Alamo’s Grand Reopening.

Until now.

The Alamo says there will be a “soft opening” on Monday November 12th ahead of it’s official kick off Thursday November 15th.

Meaning that weekend’s movies will herald the start of the full blown Alamo experience here with the openings of the new Twilight Saga and the probably KC debut of Spielberg‘s “Lincoln.”

Toss in some belated new James Bond action and it should be a formidable beginning.

Stay tuned!

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