Update: Alamo Drafthouse is Totally Coming to Yonkers!

It’s been confirmed: The popular cinema chain arrives in Yonkers later this year



Two weeks ago, I wondered if Yonkers would be the location of a new Alamo Drafthouse cinema. Now, word comes from on high that, yes, this is totally happening!

“Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to announce its plans for a second Alamo location in the New York City area in Yonkers, NY,” read the announcement in a press release. “Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers is slated to open during the 2012 holiday season at 2500 Central Park Avenue.

‘In our hometown of Austin, Texas we have five Alamo Drafthouse locations. Similarly, we have plans to open up multiple neighborhood theaters to serve different areas of the metroplex. We are excited to get to know and become a part of Yonkers with our second New York location,’ says Tim League, CEO and Founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.”

For those who know the area, the cinema is moving into the old Bob’s Furniture store on Central Avenue, near the Regal UA Movieland that just recently shut down. The theater will have six screens, in addition to a full kitchen and bar.

This is very exciting news. Even if you’re at the opposite end of the Hudson Valley from Yonkers, this might be a good excuse for a road trip. As I mentioned earlier, the Alamo Drafthouse is not just notable for serving (good!) food and drinks during the movie. The chain is known for caring about the way movies are presented (so no slightly-out-of-focus, dim, or muffled pictures), and it cares about the way movies are experienced (don’t make us post the no-texting PSA again). This is a great thing for movie geeks. “Those in the know (but not living in Yonkers) will be biting their knuckles, well aware that the Drafthouse offers one of the best movie-watching experiences in America,” Complex reports. “Excellent programming, draft beer, food. Folks using phones get tossed. This is how it should be.”

Which is why other areas are envious. As Gothamist points out, Yonkers will have both an Alamo Drafthouse and an Apple store before the borough of Brooklyn. The new development caused them to write, “we await the inevitable ‘Yonkers is the sixth borough’ trend piece in the Sunday Styles section.” Don’t be jealous, Gothamist.

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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