Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced plans to open their first St. Louis location in 2019.
The Alamo Drafthouse, which offers a unique mix of film, food, and drink, will be located at the upcoming City Foundry STL development in Midtown. "You'll be able to go to the movies and order a steak, a glass of wine, you can have ice cream, a salad, whatever, in the theater itself," said Steve Smith, the CEO of Lawrence Group. the developer of the site.
The theater franchise based out of Austin, Texas will feature ten screens, 942 luxury recliners along with a full-service bar and restaurant featuring 48 local craft beers on tap.
The Alamo Drafthouse will also feature a Premium Large Format Theater with Dolby Atmos sound technology.
City Foundry STL is a 15-acre project that is expected to open with the Alamo Drafthouse in 2019. The urban development will be located on the site of what was the Century Electric Foundry along Interstate 64 in Midtown just east of IKEA.
The site is an old foundry that made steel break rotors for cars for 3-4 decades. It closed down in 2007. Smith and the team at Lawrence group want to rehabilitate it with a similar look, by keep some of the original architecture, including the hoppers and large piping you can see from I-64. "So things that are really reminiscent of it's industrial past, we're keeping all of that," said Smith.
According to the City Foundry STL website, “City Foundry STL is a place where the public can experience & get inspired, a place where innovative office tenants rub elbows with experimental chefs and retailers.”
As it nears its opening date, Alamo Drafthouse will be hiring for approximately 175 positions. To learn more visit drafthouse.com/st-louis.
There are only a few businesses that already operate in the area, including Midtown Sushi and Ramen. Being located so close to the entrance of the interstate, they say they do not get a lot of foot traffic in their doors.
"If you don't know someone who's been here, you probably don't know about us," said Kim Spinoza, the restaurant's manager.
She says they are thrilled to get a new development move in next to attract more people to the area. "We're excited for the growth, we're excited for more people to get in the area, we're excited for us to get more business," said Noway.
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