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Downtown LA’s Alamo Drafthouse to finally open in July

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“After so many years of planning and development, to be opening in Los Angeles... is absolutely thrilling”

Renderings by Studio One Eleven.
Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

The long-awaited arrival of the artsy, non-nonsense Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Downtown LA is finally slated for early July, the Texas-based chain announced today.

The 12-screen theater will open next month at the southeast corner on the second and third levels of The Bloc shopping center on Seventh Street in Downtown LA’s Financial District, above the 7th/Metro Center subway station. (An exact date for the opening will be announced in the coming weeks, a rep for Alamo tells Curbed.)

The inaugural lineup at the theater will be “independent and blockbuster films, as well as a wealth of repertory titles featuring beloved classics and hard-to-find cult favorites,” according to the announcement.

The theater was first announced for this location in 2014. At the time, it was one of a roster of hip new tenants brought on to transform the once-impenetrable retail fortress into a more open and modern destination.

The opening date was originally pegged for 2015, but The Bloc’s reopening was pushed to 2016 due to construction delays and financing troubles.

“After so many years of planning and development, to be opening in Los Angeles with such a strong team of movie-lovers at the helm is absolutely thrilling,” Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League said in a statement.