Alamo Drafthouse planning for June reopening in Richardson

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Alamo Drafthouse has plans to reopen its Richardson location in June. (Courtesy Heather Kennedy, Nick Simonite and Annie Ray)

Alamo Drafthouse has plans to reopen its Richardson location in June. (Courtesy Heather Kennedy, Nick Simonite and Annie Ray)

Alamo Drafthouse announced on its website that it plans to reopen the theater at 100 S. Central Expressway, Ste. 14, Richardson, in June.

The movie theater chain initially closed its locations in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but reopened its Richardson location in August before closing again in early October.

That decision stemmed from a lack of new movie releases, CEO Bill DiGaetano said in an Oct. 7 statement.

“This is a terribly difficult and disappointing decision, but we’re hopeful that by pausing now, we’ll be able to reopen all six of our DFW franchise locations once a steady stream of new releases resumes,” he said in his statement.

Alamo Drafthouse currently has several of its theaters open in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, but the Richardson location is expected to be among the first wave of reopenings in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for the chain. In addition to Richardson, the chain's website lists the Cedars and Lake Highlands locations among the theaters to be reopened in June. Alamo's locations in Denton, North Richland Hills and Las Colinas are scheduled to reopen in July, according to the website.


Among the theater chain's safety precautions when it reopens will be at least two "buffer seats" automatically added around ticket purchasers to offer at least 6 feet of distance between guests, according to the website. The chain also plans to offer a smaller menu of food and drinks than it did before as well as the option for a contactless experience when ordering food.

Alamo Drafthouse's Richardson location opened in 2013 and has seven auditoriums and a maximum capacity of 825 guests. 972-534-2120. https://drafthouse.com/theater/richardson
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.