Just three weeks after closing four of its six Dallas-Fort Worth locations, Alamo Drafthouse has closed the final two in the DFW area, in Richardson and Lake Highlands. According to a release from the theater chain, the closures are due to the lack of new releases in the coming months.
Bill DiGaetano, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema North Texas, released the following statement:
Due to the lack of upcoming major new releases, we’ve decided the best way to conserve our resources during COVID is to temporarily close all of our Dallas/Fort Worth franchise locations, effective immediately.
All upcoming screenings at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands and Alamo Drafthouse Richardson have been canceled, and any guests who have purchased tickets will receive a full refund in the coming days. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our DFW team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a terribly difficult and disappointing decision, but we’re hopeful that by pausing now, we’ll be able to reopen all six of our DFW franchise locations once a steady stream of new releases resumes.
To our team members who have returned to us over the past six weeks – thank you so much. Your efforts created the safest and most enjoyable cinematic experience possible in this area, and we hope that this will be a very brief hiatus.
To our film-loving guests and friends in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – your support has meant so much to all of us. We’ll be back.
In just the past week, both No Time to Die, the new James Bond film, and the remake of Dune have delayed their late 2020 releases to different dates in 2021. A few big movies, such as Disney Pixar's Soul and Wonder Woman 1984, are clinging to their 2020 release dates, but given the trend towards movie theaters closing again, it's likely those will be moved soon.