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Kansas City! You're Getting An Alamo Drafthouse!

Nordling here.

I'll let the press release speak for itself; I've never been to Kansas City, Missouri, but anyplace a Drafthouse goes, it feels a little bit like home:




First Alamo Location In Kansas City, Missouri Slated For Former AMC Flagship Location


Austin, TX--- Monday, June 18th, 2012---Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to announce its plans for their first location in Kansas City, Missouri, the former flagship AMC Mainstreet Theater in the downtown Power and Light District.  The facility is slated to open as an Alamo Drafthouse in the fall of 2012, but will continue to operate in its current configuration through the summer.


"The Mainstreet Theater is truly one of the most spectacular cinemas in the world," says Alamo founder and CEO Tim League.  "We are truly honored to have the opportunity to bring the Alamo brand of movie programming and food service to such a wonderful facility."


The venue will feature six screens of new release movies, independent and repertory films as well as the Alamo's unique signature programming.  The Mainstreet underwent an extensive $30 million dollar renovation in 2009 to become the centerpiece of the new Power and Light District in Kansas City, Missouri.  With 4K digital projection, wall-to-wall screens and Dolby 11.1 sound, the Mainstreet is considered to be one of the most technically advanced theater designs in the world. In addition to continued presentation excellence, the Alamo Drafthouse renovation will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience.  Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Mainstreet will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. 


This new vision for the Mainstreet also extends to the theater's spacious interior bar, which will reemerge as The Chesterfield.  The Chesterfield resurrects a slice of Kansas City's past, harkening back to the jazz age days of Paris on The Plains, when Charlie Parker's saxophone blared over 12th & Vine. With a list of classic cocktails and weekly music programming, the Chesterfield Club is a new destination in the Power & Light district.


Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Kansas City theater.  Any and all current theater staff are encouraged to join us!  Employment applications can be downloaded at



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  • June 18, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Build one in Seattle, please.

    by Dingbatty

  • June 18, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Please build one in AZ

    by byronical

    Don't care where, but since I've moved here from Texas, I've been missing the Drafthouse way of showing movies! AZ needs the refinement of a Drafthouse.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Does this mean no more commercials

    by brobdingnag

    before the movie?

  • June 18, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Good News

    by chris

    Looking forward to this. Great addition.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    byronical - seconded

    by cyberuck

    Perfect spot is the old Harkins Centerpoint 11on Mill in Tempe. Somebody make this happen!

  • June 18, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Goooood foooorrr youuuuuu! Kansas City.

    by adeceasedfan

    Raleigh grumbles.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    best news ever

    by Zach Busey

  • June 18, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    You would think....

    by corleymotors

    that Los Angeles is more deserving of an Alamo Drafthouse than KANSAS FUCKING CITY!

  • June 18, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    unrelated, but i just saw the trailer for Hyde Park on Hudson

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    omg, guys. Bill Murray is winning an oscar. I am not joking. This is going to be his masterpiece.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    We need an Alamo Draft House North

    by Juggernaut125

    Up here in Toronto.

  • June 18, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Why Kansas City and not St. Louis?

    by gruntybear

    Seems backwards.

  • June 18, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Sure beats a boxy cinema in a crappy mall - yay KC!

    by FeralAngel

    Good for Alamo to take over that beautiful old building and make it useful and relevant again. Kudos, applause, blessing and genuflections upon you, good people!

  • June 18, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    As a resident of KC...

    by UglyLittleSpud

    This is awesome. Exciting news. Now we need in and out burger.

  • June 18, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    fuck this shit, why cant' klamath falls, oregon get one!?

    by yabory

    our town is tiny. our theater sucks balls. we have so many awesome little old buildings that cold be expanded. it could be the Alamo Drafthouse Mini!

  • Oh well. At least we have the Paradiso.

  • June 18, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    by what0083

    Wasn't there supposed to be a Drafthouse in NYC? What happened?

  • June 18, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Body of Christ...

    by The Dum Guy

    They've been talking about opening a Drafthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas for years, but ain't shit happend. Another independent cinema is opening a Drafthouse-esque theater in nearby Rockport, which is a very small town. Someone needs to get on the ball and start opening more Drafthouses in Texas, or they're going to have a lot of other theaters start to steal their business model.

  • June 18, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Great theater, great spot

    by Tjarren

    Glad to hear someone had sense to take over this instead of letting it rot just because two companies couldn't get along.

  • 7 screens if I hear correctly.

  • June 18, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Congrats, KC!

    by gotilk

    It looks gorgeous. But 6 screens, huh? Hmm. Are they decent sized boxes? I miss single screen cinemas.

  • June 18, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by schubox

    That theater is amazing now, weird since AMC's HQ is here in KC

  • June 18, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    any theater with

    by MCS

    Balls enough to tell people to shut the hell up and kick them out for texting has my ultimate respect. I so wish more theaters were like this. Instead we get crying babies and kids running up and down the stairs

  • June 18, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Now we need one in the burbs around Chicago.

    by bandus

  • June 18, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by stoogeberry

    I've looked on with jealousy as other cities have had Drafthouses announced, but now KC gets one! I hope the rest of you get one soon!

  • June 18, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Arlington, TX could use one.

    by zer0cool2k2

    We don't really have much outside the Movie Tavern. Everything else is big-chain. At least we have a Pseudo iMax screen now.

  • June 18, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Finally Confirmed! Go KC!!!

    by ChakaMudd

    I live in KC, and I really think it's a far more suitable location than St. Louis, or Chi-town as it's been mentioned. It's not a huge city, but it has a fantastic and very influential history of a variety of art forms, and the cinema culture here is very strong too. I've spent enough time in other cities, and have visited the original Drafthouse, and I've long felt KC would be a great spot. The word on the street is very positive and anticipatory. Cannot wait!

  • June 18, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by tao_pilot

    I will have to check this out. I've been looking for a good theater experience.

  • June 18, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by Yurka

    The people in this city make me never want to go to the movies again! I need a theater that doesn't put up with bullshit!

  • June 18, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Hopefully this will get you to KC!

    by ChakaMudd

  • June 18, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Bleeding brilliant!

    by Jungle Fish

  • June 18, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I saw Avengers at that theater.

    by Voice O. Reason

    Twice. And it was awesome.

  • June 18, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Never been... but.

    by Jungle Fish

    I've lived in KC for 12 years now, but never been to that theater. Will have to suffer the inconvenience of downtown to enjoy this now. :)

  • June 18, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    AMC Mainstreet has half big stadium-seating auditoriums...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ...The other half are smaller theaters with recliners and a wait-staff.

  • June 19, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    KC gets a drafthouse? ROCK!

    by corporategohan616

    I guess my move to KC is now much more sweeter...

  • June 19, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by kingbeef

    i went to 2 of the drafthouses in austin and i hoped they would come to kc.. now, if you wanted to open a 2nd one in kck, there is a cool theater called the granada, that's been around since the 50's... just sayin

  • June 19, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I Live in LA but I'm a KC native.

    by theswillmerchant

    That theater is great and I agree that KC actually has a pretty decent film culture. I think LA will get a Drafthouse eventually. If I had to guess, part of the issue is that in LA possible theaters that the Drafthouse could buy and convert are being bought by the Arclight. There is a little more competition for premium movie theater real estate in LA.

  • June 19, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Fuck Yes!

    by cobrakinte

    I heard about this on the radio a couple of weeks ago but it's pretty sweet to have it confirmed.

  • I used to read all those awesome AICN features about what they were playing or the big hige premieres (Star Trek). Then I moved to Austin 6 months ago. Been there 26 times ever since. From the new blockbusters to Sunmer of 82' to the original King Kong, the Alamo Drafthouse is nothing less than a temple of greatness. Congratulations Kansas City.

  • June 19, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    c'mon Philly

    by Phategod2

    OK north east Philly we need you ADH!

  • June 19, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST


    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    I live in KCMO. We have several independent cinemas, like Screenland, which will be mere blocks from where the proposed ADH will be. It doesn't pack the house, even in an arts supportive area like the gallery district. Why? I don't know. It's not for lack of trying on the part of management - they do their best to get people in seats by programming interesting titles. It's just...not enough. The ADH they're proposing here in the "Power & Light District" is a modern theater, yes. The P&L is a mostly culture-free tourist pit that most artistic city/midtown dwellers despise. It's a beer circus for children of white-flighters. 20/30-somethings who live out past 95th street and who are woefully fickle trend-whores. They've already started losing interest in the district, which is generating something along the lines of about 1/3rd of projected profits. Basically, Kansas City is home to some amazing arts-based culture. But when corporate developers try and fabricate "cultural hot spots" like P&L or the doomed 18th & Vine "KC Jazz District," people smell a rat and keep away. So, I wish ADH well, because I love the one I visited in Austin, but I don't have high hopes for the KC location in the long term.

  • June 19, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by Sw0rdfish

    I'll be able to walk TWO BLOCKS, and be at the Alamo Drafthouse? I've never been to Austin, but have long thought that one of these days I'd have to make the trip JUST to visit this geek Mecca. This is astonishing and wonderful news.

  • June 19, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST

    moozikmktr you're wrong.

    by brobdingnag

    There's nothing wrong with seeing a movie at the AMC 6. I do it all the time, I also go to the Screenland at the crossroads for movies such as Corman's World and My Friend Mott-Ly. As far as culture spots are concerned, P&L bars are a giant douche-bag magnet and have made areas like Wesport tolerable again on the weekend.

  • June 19, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by Badlieutenant

    It'd be nice if they eventually try to put one in Wichita, the Warren's almost have a monopoly there.

  • June 19, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    L.A. doesn't need this.

    by Brian Hopper

    We have plenty of good theaters, including art and revival houses.

  • June 19, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST


    by Phimseto

    We were promised one like in the 90s...

  • June 19, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    by J P

    Oh Heck YES! As someone who lives in the area, I'm thrilled with this! GO KC!

  • June 19, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Richardson, TX is getting one also!

    by Drif

    It's gonna be sweet. I almost had a fit when I heard.

  • June 19, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Eric

    South Western CT needs an Alamo Drafthouse we're mostly overrun by shitty Bowtie Cinemas, so I drive an extra 20 min to an AMC so that I can actually hear the movies I pay to see instead of them sounding like they're coming from a 1980s boombox behind the screen

  • June 19, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    KC bound!

    by Icomiclast

    I live near Kansas City but I rarely venture into that miasma. I've never been tempted to tackle the Power and Light district before, but it's now a destination spot for certain. This kind of draw could have a positive impact on the arts scene in that whole area.

  • June 19, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Kansas City is closer to St. Louis...

    by Rhoov

    Than any of the other Draft House locations, so it may warrant a road-trip sometime just to experience it. I hope we get one here, we have more history than KC does, more people, and better sports teams!

  • June 19, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    "There's nothing wrong with seeing a movie at the AMC 6. I do it all the time..." I never meant to convey that attitude. I've been to the AMC down there too. I'm not equating AMC with the rest of P&L either. Like you said, it's douchebag central, and I think because of this, ADHouse will suffer from much needed foot traffic. ADH will have to be a "destination" for lots of indie and cult film buffs. But it also has to compete for an audience with Tivoli Manor Square and Screenlands that won't have 3,000 hooting frat guys and Woo girls getting under your skin after you're finished with the movie and would like to talk about it over drinks. I wish ADH well, but I'm thinking the fact that the shot-callers chose the P&L location as a benefit, when IMO it's most likely a hindrance toward their intended audience.

  • June 19, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by brobdingnag

    I guess my question then is what area of the KC metro would be a BETTER choice? while I go to the Screenlands to see certain types of films you have to admit that they provide a pretty lackluster experience, they will either compete or fade away. As far as the crossroads art district culture is concerned I find the hipster inhabitants to be every bit the annoying trend whores that suburbanites are. I put up with their contrived social affectations and irrational collectivism in order to hear good music and see Art, surely you can put up with breeders and chiefs fans to see good films. Afterwards you can find any number of hipster bars to serve as a cultural echo-chamber within a 5 minute walk that are not in the P&L district.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    "Hipsters" in the gallery district are the people making films in KC, and generally supporting the independent arts scene. The howling monkeys in P&L are the people making...NOTHING for the legacy of Kansas City. There are plenty of areas that make for a better choice in the KC metro - Plaza, Westport, Crossroads - all of which have free parking, all of which have become destinations over the years organically through development based on independent small businesses (supposedly like ADH is). "Irrational collectivism" hahahahah. You bet, buddy.