By now, most of you have probably heard that America’s new favorite movie chain, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is coming to Downtown LA opening within The Bloc (formerly known as Macy’s Plaza), which is going through an exciting $180 million makeover. For me, I am particularly excited about Alamo finally making its way here because of their “ironclad” policy for no talking and texting during a movie. THANK YOU ALAMO! Where have you been all my life? One of my biggest pet peeves ever is going to the movies and having to deal with rude-inconsiderate people who text and sometimes even check/update their Facebook or Twitter while a movie is in progress. We’ve all sat near someone during a movie who just can’t seem to shut up, ruining the entire movie-going experience for all of us. I’ve even had the pleasure of sitting next to a guy who picked up his phone and actually had a full-on conversation (for about a whole minute) while the movie was playing. As a result, I usually end up with a ton of anxiety before a movie begins thinking: “Gee, I wonder how many people will be texting on their phone this time.”
Likely opening sometime in 2016, the new Downtown LA Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have nine screens with a capacity of up to 800 movie goers. The theater will be located on the third floor of The Bloc complex, replacing a large portion of the home department section of Macy’s department store. Sources informed me a few months ago that Macy’s will become 4 stories (currently 3 stories), taking space within the basement (possibly next to Trader Joe’s). Essentially, The Cellar homeware section will be relocated to the basement to make way for Alamo (instead of what I thought would be an iPic). The third floor—that will remain Macy’s—will contain sections for children’s, mattresses, and furniture.
My hope is that other theater chains (I’m looking at you LA Live Regal) will follow Alamo’s lead with their own no tolerance for talking or texting in a movie. Until that happens, I’ll be glad to know there will be a place soon for movie lovers to watch a film in peace.
Watch: Alamo is hardcore about no talking/texting!