NEW YORK CITY — The Alamo Drafthouse is reportedly planning to open a new outpost in the Financial District while also launching brunch service at its Downtown Brooklyn theater.
Although film houses continue to close across the city — often to make way for luxury apartments — theaters like the Alamo serving food and drink during screenings are growing across the city.
The Austin-based chain, which opened in Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point complex this past fall, will soon be joined by an outpost at a redeveloped shopping center on Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard and is reportedly closing on a space at Manhattan's 28 Liberty, as part of the overhaul of Chase Manhattan Plaza into a Financial District cultural and dining hub.
The Liberty Street theater is expected to open next year with more than 10 screens, the New York Post reported.
In the few months that Alamo Drafthouse has been open in Brooklyn, the theater is already expanding its offerings, launching a brunch menu for Memorial Day weekend. It will feature chef Ronnie New’s take on classics, like deviled eggs (made with smoked trout), breakfast pizza (onion puree, cheddar, green onions, egg and bacon) and an egg sandwich (English muffin, fried egg, bacon, aioli, fried potatoes).
“The launch of a brunch menu has been long overdue,” New said of the menu, which will be available for all matinees on the weekends and Monday holidays. “But we’re very excited to deliver our take on some classic early-morning dining options to all of our die-hard movie fans.”
New, who came to Brooklyn from a San Francisco outpost of the theater earlier this year, enjoys playing up the dinner-theater experience, adding such menu items as a special milkshake for “There Will Be Blood,” creamed spinach and poached eggs for “Popeye” and an Austin-inspired barbeque for “Slacker.”
The city has seen the rise of other new theaters where guests can eat and drink while taking in a flick, including Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema, which is opening at the old Park Slope Pavillion later this year, and the iPic Theaters, which opened at the South Street Seaport's Fulton Market building with a James Beard-award winning chef.