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May 14, 2014 10:28 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Alamo Drafthouse Considers Location In Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - A popular trend in the cinema industry could be coming soon to Corpus Christi.

Alamo Drafthouse mixes food with film, offering moviegoers the chance to order, eat, and drink in the theater.

A company franchisee has signed a letter of intent to add a location at Tancahua and Brewster, across from Whataburger Field.

Alamo's theaters are set up similar to ordinary theaters, except they include a long table for in front of each row of seats to hold food and drinks.

Some of the moviegoers heading to the Starplex theaters Wednesday night had heard of the Alamo Drafthouse concept, and liked the idea.

Victor Gonzalez says, "That's pretty cool. I'd love to have one here."

"It offers something different than what the other theaters offer, so i think it would be a good mix," adds Victor Trujillo.

"I think it would get a lot of business," says Leti Flores, "I mean seeing as a lot of people buy snacks here at the movie, they might as well buy real food."

The Alamo Drafthouse franchisee was recently approached by Bill Durrill, part owner of Brewster Street Icehouse, Hurricane Alley Water Park, and other area venues.

"We were pursuing this concept because we felt it was one of the best concepts that would compliment our other venues in the area and not cannibalize what we've already developed," says Durrill.

The warehouse space at Tancahua and Brewster is currently occupied by tenants, who will have to relocate after the drafthouse deal is done.

A movie theater of this size obviously needs a lot of parking, and there's not a lot of space around Whataburger Field for new parking.

Durrill says the plan is for Alamo Drafthouse to coordinate its schedule with the Hooks, and come up with shared agreement to use part of this parking lot outside the stadium when it's not being used for baseball.

Ironically, baseball is what started all of this port area development 10 years ago, and it continues to help write the screenplay for future developments that just may compel visitors to stick around one more night.

Jim Kunau, President of the S.E.A. District, explains, "That extra night in the beds brings in tax dollars that contribute, it brings in hard dollars that provide people with their livings."

Alamo Drafthouse first opened in 1997.

It is headquartered in Austin, and currently shows movies in 18 locations across the country.


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