The Alamo Drafthouse that Never Was

Alamo Drafthouse Photo by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash
Alamo Drafthouse Photo by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash
Photo by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash

If you had your hopes up for dinner and drinks while watching a film in Detroit, we have bad news for you. The long-anticipated Alamo Drafthouse movie theater will no longer be opening in Detroit.

Reported today by Crain’s, the deal became a bust after Detroit Rising Development was unable to secure the 300 parking spaces needed near the theater’s proposed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard location. A problem that seems all to centric to Detroit, but we won’t mull on about that.

The planned Alamo Drafthouse was one of two movie theater projects slated for Detroit, with the other being the proposed development of an Emagine Theater that saw Big Sean’s involvement. At the present moment, that project also remains in limbo due to the slated location in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood being sold to a CLK Milwaukee LLC, a company that operates marijuana growing facilities, which, if we’re honest, it isn’t the end of the world for Detroit.

In an email included by Crain’s in their reporting, Jonathan Hartzell, founding partner of developer Detroit Rising Development LLC stated, “Alamo needed a surety that the parking was going to be available for 15 years; we could not secure exactly what was going to fit their need to make the investment.”

Had the $13 million project gone through, Alamo Drafthouse would have brought a much needed nine-screen theater to Detroit. At the present moment, if you’re looking to go to the movies while remaining in the city of Detroit, your options remain the Bel Air 10 on Eight Mile, or either to Cinema Detroit or the Detroit Film Theatre in Midtown, which at the moment both specialize in showing art films.

What comes next for the cinema life of Detroit remains up in the air, and at the moment, the city will continue to remain a single cinema city.

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