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Richardson Gets a Little Weird: Alamo Drafthouse to Open in Richardson Heights Shopping Center

Get ready to get your Dude on in Richardson!

Teresa “Gubshoe” Gubbins reports the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse will open its first branch in Dallas-Fort Worth in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center. The theater-restaurant has 740 seats, a full kitchen, and 40 beers on tap. It will takeover the former Pep Boys store. This is not your average first-run theater. It is a movie-lovers dream. They do festivals, both beer and movie, and special events like “Quote Alongs” for films like The Big Lebowski and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You get kicked out if you don’t talk along with the film.

UPDATE: Peter files a report on FrontRow.

8 comments on “Richardson Gets a Little Weird: Alamo Drafthouse to Open in Richardson Heights Shopping Center

  1. Praise baby Jesus! I love my city Go Richardon! Plano and Garland you suck!

  2. I think theater restaurants suck. The darkened room spoils a meal and everyone eating spoils a good film.

    If I wanted to have somebody talking whilst I watched a film I would get back together with my ex.

  3. Kessler, they have a strict no talking policy at the Alamo Drafthouse, under penalty of being thrown out. Its widely advertised in the preshow, which also is awesome btw. The AD is not the SMG, and may want to try one before making a blanket statement. Free world, just saying.

  4. Richarson may not deserve it over other cities, but it certainly could use it. As a resident of the Heights, I welcome it. The Richardson Heights shopping center has become one of many ‘zombie’ stripmalls that blight this city. A healthy vibrant business like the Alamo Drafthouse is a much needed shot in the arm. Richardson is in the same situation that Burbank California was 20 years ago. It too was plagued with empty and dead businesses after the loss of Lockheed and has a major freeway which cuts the city in half, much like Richardson. Creative rezoning and civic planning breathed life back into that city and made it a jewel of the San Fernando Valley where it once was considered a run down joke. The same could be done here.