What Is The Alamo?

In 1997, my wife and I opened the very first single screen Alamo Drafthouse. We didn't have any qualifications except for one -- we were devoted movie fans. We were lucky to find that to be most important qualification of all. Since then, have made the Alamo Drafthouse the theater for movie fans by movie fans.

We have a few simple principles that we uphold in our day to day operation:

  1. We don't allow unaccompanied kids at movies and only allow babies at select "baby day" screenings.
  2. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards talking and texting during the movie. If you talk or text, you will receive one warning. If it happens again, you will be kicked out without a refund.
  3. We strive to be leaders in presentation quality.
  4. We support local breweries.
  5. We strive to serve quality, fresh-prepared food.

As the Alamo Drafthouse grows, we remain dedicated to keeping the movie-watching experience safe for movie fans, serving quality food and drinks, and upholding high presentation standards. We are also striving to achieve long term goals by expanding the theater to new neighborhoods. Here are the eight objectives we hope to achieve as we grow:

  1. Share the movies we love with as many people as possible.
  2. Be a community cultural center.
  3. Build an audience for classic, golden era cinema.
  4. Build an audience for foreign language films.
  5. Build a youth and collegiate cinephile audience.
  6. Help local video stores survive as community cultural centers.
  7. Help preserve our vulnerable 35mm film history.
  8. Help preserve our even more vulnerable VHS film history.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in your neighborhood. I hope that we live up to our own standards every time you visit.

Tim League
Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema