Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

445 Albee Square West,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Operated by: Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Functions: Movies (First Run)

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Manager: 718.513.2547

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Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

After a failed attempt to renovate the Metro Theatre 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, built on the rear portion of the site of the RKO Albee Theatre. The theatre made its soft opening on October 21st, 2016, and made its official opening on October 28th.

Alamo’s signature in-theatre 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 and Theatre 7 is equipped for 70mm presentations.

In early-February work commenced on renovations and an expansion from 7 to 12 screens. The theatre will remain opened during the renovations.

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on October 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Also, you may be interested in knowing that ‘scope 70mm aspect ratio traditionally is 2.2 wide rather than usual scope (2.35 or 2.39) to accommodate the surround sound that used to be on the film itself. And, “The Joker” was filmed with digital cameras, not 65mm cameras, or 35mm cameras (for blow up to 70mm).

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on July 27, 2020 at 1:40 pm

I haven’t seen a screen showing the time before(wow!!)!!

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 11, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn closed March 16, 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the circuit’s locations opened briefly later in the year excluding its Brooklyn theater. Alamo Drafthouse would file for bankruptcy on March 2, 2021. The company re-emerged from bankruptcy a month later after the takeover of the company by Fortress Investment Group,. The Brooklyn location then reopened on May 7, 2021 becoming the second theater in the Circuit to reopen for the circuit that year preceded only by its Springfield, Missouri venue.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on May 12, 2021 at 4:04 am

Are they still expanding to 14 screens, only 7 open last Friday. Very disappointed they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm

It’s difficult to keep all screens operating 7 days a week with so few major releases in the COVID-19 pandemic environment. I’d look for reduced staffs and fewer screens in usage at the Alamo locations until the major releases come later in 2021.

zoetmb
zoetmb on May 30, 2021 at 2:06 am

@HowardBHaas: While it’s true that the 70mm Todd-AO format called for a 2.2: 1 aspect ratio, it’s not because of the “surround sound”. It’s because the Todd-AO format was based on the Grandeur 65/70mm format of the 1920’s, which was 2.13:1.

Also remember that when Cinemascope was first released in 1953, it had 4-track mag soundtracks only and the original aspect ratio was 2.55:1. It was reduced to 2.35:1 to also accomodate a mono optical sound track, which the theater owners demanded.

One of the first films to use 2.35 was “Love Me Tender” with Elvis Presley, released in 1956. (To accommodate digital sound and because lab splices were visible on the screen, the entire image was made slightly smaller and the AR became slightly wider at 2.39:1 in later years. In digital, it’s generally 2.4:1.)

Starting in 1986, a few 70mm films WERE released in 2.35 which was accomplished by simply reducing the height. This way, the sides didn’t have to be cropped as they were with most 35mm anamorphic to 70mm spherical blowups. Those films were: Star Trek IV (1986), The Untouchables, Casualties of War and Die Hard 2 (the last two are unconfirmed.) IMO, they should have been doing this all along and it was actually a recommended practice as published in the American Cinematographers Manual, I believe beginning in the 6th edition, published in 1986.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 10, 2023 at 3:19 am

This Alamo location dosen’t have the bluray rentals and selling of Alamo souvenirs anymore. They stop selling books, gifts and vinyls, the stuff was moved to the new Lower Manhattan location.

The expansion to 14 screens in progress, photo of new hallway in photos section. Should open by the end of the year.

Joshua Bilmes
Joshua Bilmes on January 29, 2024 at 5:49 pm

Two day closure on Feb 5 and 6 as part of what the email from Alamo says is a five screen expansion.

Joshua Bilmes
Joshua Bilmes on January 29, 2024 at 5:50 pm

“ We’ll be closing our doors from 2/05 - 2/06 to kickstart a massive renovation, including premium leather recliners, upgraded projectors, more bathrooms, and a massive 5-auditorium expansion to give you more movies and more awesome events”

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on January 29, 2024 at 7:06 pm

From Alamo Drafthouse Since first opening its doors in 2016, our Downtown Brooklyn location has been a cornerstone of our little cinema company. It was our first foray into NYC, and we’re extremely proud of the community of moviegoers that have built up around it – but even the Mona Lisa needs to get some work done every once in a while. On February 5th and 6th, we’ll be closing our doors to begin work on a comprehensive remodel and expansion, including new seats, more screens, new projectors, and more bathrooms.

First up, the seats. Every single auditorium will be getting a plushy, ultra-comfy upgrade in the form of premium recliner seats. Not only will they be more comfortable and afford you a better view of the screen, they each come with their own swivel table. Now you can swing your popcorn and beer right to your face, just as the good lord intended. We’ll be updating our seats a few auditoriums at a time, but we plan to have the first batch installed and ready for your butt soon.

In addition to the updates we’re making to our existing auditoriums, we’ll be doing a massive five screen expansion. This nearly doubles our screen count, which means more movies and more awesome events for you. It also means more bathrooms, as we’ll be adding a few more of those by our new auditoriums as well.

Every auditorium will also be getting a big upgrade in the form of state-of-the-art Laser projectors, with select auditoriums receiving RealD 3D, 70mm, and 35mm capabilities.

As always, we’ll continue to do everything we can to provide you the best cinema experience possible, but we kindly ask that you be patient with us and excuse any dust. After we open back up on 2/07 we’ll be running a limited menu through 2/13 of appetizers, pizzas, drinks, and a few other favorites. This will allow us to continue to provide the best service possible throughout the renovation process, but we apologize if your burger cravings go unsated for a little while.

That’s it for now, but be sure to check back here and our social channels for all the latest updates on Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn’s transformation. Until then, we’ll see you at the movies (just not on 2/05 or 2/06).

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