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Alamo Drafthouse to Open First L.A. Theater

The Alamo is coming to Los Angeles.

The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar & Highball, a popular Austin-based boutique cinema chain, will open its first theater in Los Angeles.

The Alamo Drafthouse, which creates a theater and restaurant setting, is known for showing first-run and independent films and special programming events. The theater is set to open in 2015 in downtown Los Angeles at the Bloc, the mixed-use complex being developed at the former Macys plaza by Ratkovich Co. and National Real Estate Advisers.

“Alamo Drafthouse has re-invigorated the movie-watching experience, much the way we intend to reimagine the traditional retail and entertainment experience,” said Wayne Ratkovich, founder and president of the Ratkovich Co. “We want Angelenos to come to the Bloc for distinctive, curated experiences and Alamo Drafthouse provides just that.”

The Los Angeles location will have nine screens and be able to seat about 800 people. Each auditorium will have state-of-the-art projection technology and will be equipped for 3D screenings.

Some Los Angeles officials have already stated their excitement over the announcement.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Alamo Drafthouse to downtown Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. “Their unique brand of innovation and showmanship embodies the best traditions of our city’s film industry.”

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