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Alamo Drafthouse rewards East Dallas neighborhood hungry for cool stuff

Alamo Drafthouse rewards East Dallas 'hood hungry for cool stuff

Rendering of Alamo Drafthouse at Skillman and Abrams
Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas will soon be joined by a new location at the intersection of Skillman Street and Abrams Road. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse DFW

In a bit of an unexpected move, Alamo Drafthouse has announced plans to open its fourth Dallas-area location, at the intersection of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in Dallas.

The theater chain will be taking over an old Tom Thumb grocery store that closed in June of 2013. The announcement signals a second breeze of cool coming to the Lake Highlands neighborhood, following the opening of Resident Taqueria at Walnut Hill Lane and Audelia Road.

The new Alamo will be the centerpiece for the soon-to-be renovated Skillman Abrams Shopping Center, a location Alamo DFW COO Bill DiGaetano said they had been eyeing for a while. With the possibility of Alamo taking over Lakewood Theater no longer viable, this move also gives them a foothold on the east side of Dallas.

Since they only need to remodel the interior of the building, DiGaetano expects the project to move relatively quickly, with them shooting for an opening in the spring of 2017.

The new theater will feature seven to nine auditoriums, the usual state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, a 175-seat Vetted Well restaurant with an all-season patio attached, and more. Unique to this location will be auditoriums equipped with luxury recliners with footrests for every seat. DiGaetano said this is an amenity guests now deserve to have at no added cost.

DiGaetano also said that they will be looking to work with the nearby TopGolf to explore outdoor activities, as well as seeing if they can connect the center to the White Rock Creek Trail, which runs just behind the location, for easy access for bikers and hikers.