Sneak Peek of New Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Posted at 6:22 PM, Nov 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-05 18:27:36-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich., — Less than two weeks before the grand opening, FOX 17 got a behind-the-scenes look at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kalamazoo. It’s the first Michigan location for the Texas-based chain.

The building, located at 180 Portage St., formerly housed the Rave Cityplace 14.

Alamo Drafthouse plans to open its doors on November 18th, with a ribbon cutting set for Tuesday, November 19th.

The ten-screen theater combines dinner, drinks, films and events, all under one roof. The theaters have been heralded for their unique programming events and high exhibition standards, earning accolades like “Best Theater Ever” (Time Magazine) and “the coolest theater in the world” (Wired).

Alamo Drafthouse’s extensive menu includes a variety of items made from scratch in a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen. Customers order food and drinks from servers who quietly attend to them throughout the movie.

Thirty-two beers will be on tap, including 21 local Michigan beers.

“I think it’s going to make this area a little more vibrant, and it’s really great for Kalamazoo,” said George Yarbenet, General Manager of the Kalamazoo location. “It’s not just movies, we have a lot to offer here.”

He added that ticket prices are comparable, with $7 dollar matinée tickets, $9 dollar evening tickets and $5.50 tickets for students with a student ID.

The public also has a chance to check out the new facility ahead of the grand opening. On November 15th, 16th and 17th, the theater will be holding ‘staff training’ days. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be half off. Tickets, which will also be discounted, can be purchased online at