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Alamo Drafthouse Closes To Redevelop South Austin Shopping Center
The theater is still standing... But not for much longer. The Lamar Plaza Shopping Center has been a part of South Austin life for decades. In the old days it had a Winn-Dixie supermarket. The original KOKE-FM had its station there during its glory progressive country days. And Ray Hennig's Heart of Texas Music was a regular haunt for Austin musicians. But a piece of land that large and that close into town couldn’t stay untouched forever.
The land is being razed to make room for a new redevelopment. Down goes the old shopping center and up will come a new mixed used development with gleaming new shops and hundreds of apartments. The original Alamo Drafthouse will be back as part of the new development. It will be larger with three more screens and a bigger lobby. The Highball Club will be back, too, at a new location on the site. The theater hopes to reopen later this year. The rest of the center should open in early 2015.
Fans of the Drafthouse get to say goodbye tonight with their pick of a number of long-time favorites at the theater. The Action Pack will host their quote-along of the Big Lebowski. The new screen adaptation of the cult novel "John Dies at the End" gets a screening. It's described as a thrill-a-minute comedy gore fest. And an old favorite—“Pretty in Pink” is celebrated with everyone invited to wear their girliest pink attire. Follow the link below for ticket information. But be aware the most popular events may already be sold out.
Alamo Draft House http://www.drafthouse.com