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Once upon a time (the 1930s), the Upper West Side’s Metro Theater played movies—the real, live kind that you have to buy a ticket for. Since then, it’s provided a roof for a brief foray into the “adult film” industry, a couple of big-shot cinema chains, and a host of legal kerfuffles and vacancies. But as the old adage tagline from one of the Mummy Returns posters goes, He will rise again.

According to West Side Rag, a Texas-based theater company will use the abandoned Metro Theater, on Broadway between 99th and 100th, to open its newest location. Sayeth their press release:

“Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2013.”

Obviously, we have a few questions—what kind of movies? Also, “Alamo Drafthouse”? Most importantly, what kind of food?

Photo of the landmark via West Side Rag, via Metro Theater


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  1. Anonymous

    I heard they were making that building into a shopping mall.

  2. Anonymous  

    Great idea--so glad they're keeping the fah-saaahhh-duh

  3. Anonymous

    Alamo draft house is incredibleeee

  4. YAY!  

    This is amazing! I only wish it was happening before I graduated.

  5. Anonymous


  6. Austinite  

    SERIOUSLY... BEST.. EVER. Get ready to have your mind blown.

  7. wait  

    everyone knows what the alamo drafthouse is right? The makers of this video:
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs&w=560&h=315]

  8. Houstonian  

    Austinites won't shut the fuck up about this place. So I guess that's good.

  9. For Those Who Don't Know

    The Alamo Drafthouse is basically considered one of the best theaters in the United States, though now there are about 6 or 7 in Austin. They play a mix of Hollywood/independent films, and then do a lot of gimmick shows (midnight screenings, sing-alongs, quote-alongs, bad movies, etc). Yes, you can order food and drink during the movie (by way of having a piece of paper to write your order down on). Food is more or less the same stuff you might get at Chili's (pizzas, pasta, wraps, appetizers), though certainly better quality. Best of all, Drafthouse is notorious for cracking down on talkers/texters, and will kick people out. Can I get paid now, Bwog?

  10. Anonymous

    Just to expand a little bit, a good selection of the newly released films are shown. Yes the gimmicky vents happen as well, but usually one showing a week. I actually really enjoy Alamo food. The burgers and pizza are especially good. There are also the typical movie theatre food you can have (popcorn, candy etc). However, I have never wanted those options compared to the rest of the menu. Drinks range from hard liquor to many types of beer to normal soda. It's a great theatre chain with great people.

  11. Austinite  

    This is the exact thing that New York has been missing. This news makes me ridiculously, unknowably happy.

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