Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

445 Albee Square West,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

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After a failed attempt to renovate the Metro Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Alamo Drafthouse finally makes their long-awaited New York City debut at Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point, an up-and-coming residential-retail complex. The theater made its soft opening on October 21st, 2016, and will make its official opening on October 28th.

Alamo’s signature in-theater dining and customized pre-shows are integral to the Alamo Drafthouse moviegoing experience, and this location bears no different. All 7 screens are equipped with Sony 4K projectors and QSC sound systems. Theater 1 is also equipped for 35mm screenings.

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Mikeoaklandpark on October 31, 2016 at 9:42 am

Did this replace an old existing theater?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 31, 2016 at 9:59 am

Mikeoaklandpartk: This new 7-screen theatre is built on the rear of the plot upon which the 3,250-seat RKO Albee Theatre once stood.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

Here’s the direct link to the RKO Albee, now gone almost 40 years.

hdtv267 on December 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

I had the great pleasure to attend this complex today. Unfortunately due to bad weather & the server scheduled for our theatre (6) there wasn’t admission inside until right around the start time. So we missed the pre-show . Considering it being so close to Christmas and also that we was in Brooklyn, that was disappointing.

The server who did double duty (dealing with packed theatres for Rouge One) was great. I can’t say enough about the experience, presentation , even though they’ve only been open a month and a half, I forsee great things and will be back.

The lobby area offers a “House of Wax” themed bar/resturant- which was not open due to the early hour, but that looks fun. It takes a bit to get to, but easily accessible by just about every subway line from Manhattan. You’ll need to go up a couple floors of escalators (there is an elevator).

If you want an amazing movie experience (and some great food & drinks) I urge you to visit here as soon as possible. Oh, since the pre-show was missed, the entire audience received a pass to come back at a later time!

I look forward to posts on others attending – now here is a place with a heart & soul ;something that deserves 1500 posts, not some indiscriminate crackerbox in North Central Jersey.

theatrefan on December 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

Sad that there is absolutely no acknowledgment of what movie palace had formerly stood on this site before, the RKO Albee. While an artifact from the original RKO movie palace may be hard to come by nowadays, how about a nicely framed color or black & white photo on display somewhere in the lobby?

That being said, presentation here is top-notch and auditorium #1 is capable of showing 35mm film, all of the rest are standard DCP. The food and drinks they serve here are also quite delicious if that is your sort of thing. I also wonder if the repertory programing they do has affected the BAM Cinematek in any way?

Orlando on January 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Total seating capacity for this complex is only 840. Boxes range from 45 the smallest, to 140 the largest. Nice atmosphere, keep quiet polocies, and best popcorn around. The Bar space is hideous and unattractive but I don’t drink so I don’t bother with this space below the cinemas. The RKO Albee lost over 40 years ago has been compromised for retail, apartments and etc. One Albee Square is totally unrecognized, actually there is no square anymore as the street in front of the former RKO has been denuded.

Orlando on January 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

P.S. There is no Alamo marquee so most downtowners are clueless that a theatre is in the complex and how to get into it.

hdtv267 on January 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

All of the bars at the Alamo Drafthouse have a specific theme. It’s a shame you dislike it, but your choice of calling it hideous is a bit much.

The building that the Drafthouse is located in is currently under construction . There’s signs on each level of elevator and escalator and it’s quite easy to get to. Just requires using your head a bit.

theatrefan on January 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm

I think having something like Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask on display in the bar does make it kind of creepy & ghoulish, Orlando. Also in this day and age, I doubt highly that there will be any type of marquee, possibly a Alamo Drafthouse sign but no traditional marquee, just look at the one in Yonkers.

John Fink
John Fink on January 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Theatre 7 is equipped for DCP and 35MM and plays host to Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesdays – two signature series imported from Austin that make use of Alamo’s AGFA (American Genre Film Archive).

Print quality varies – sometimes you get a nearly pristine print, other times it can be a struggle to watch something scratched and terribly faded.

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