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Alamo Drafthouse


Alamo Drafthouse is an expanding cinema chain, started in Austin, Texas, that combines cold beer, hot movies, and delicious snacks and meals. The Alamo Drafthouse takes care of all movie-goers needs in one stop: dinner, drinks and a movie all in the same, attractive venue. And when it comes time for the movie, Alamo Drafthouse emphasizes comfort and attention to detail in presenting movies for the enjoyment of movie fans everywhere. The Alamo Drafthouse brand is well-known for its strict policy of movie-going etiquette, with zero tolerance for talking and cell phone use during movie showings.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$1,275,000 - $2,025,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Alamo Drafhouse has been successful because of its commitment to freshly prepared food, local breweries and a zero-tolerance cell phone policy. The menu options include popular choices like hamburgers and pizza but also offers more gourmet options such as crème brulee; best of all, every item on the menu is freshly-prepared. Presentation is extremely important to the company and they strive to be leaders in quality. The Alamo Drafthouse is famous for having a strict policy that requires audience members to “maintain proper cinemagoing etiquette” that includes a strict cell phone policy and doesn't allow babies except during "baby day" screenings.

Alamo Drafthouse Franchise Opportunities – History

The Alamo Drafthouse was founded by Tim and Karrie League in 1977 on Colorado Street in the warehouse district of Austin, Texas. The first theatre only featured one screen and originally showcased second run titles at a discounted admission; however, within its first year of operation the venue caught the attention of many and became the host of various film premieres and visiting filmmakers. The Alamo Drafthouse currently has theatres throughout Texas and has begun expanding nationwide to New York, Virginia, Colorado and more.

_Entertainment Weekly_vote Alamo Drafthouse the #1 theater in America and it was called the ‘Coolest Movie Theater in the World’ by voted it ‘One of the Best Theaters in the Country.’ With these awards and the unmatchable movie experience at Alamo Drafthouse, it is no surprise that the brand is spreading quickly.

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