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Behind the curtain of Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo

Posted on November 20th, 2013


Kayla Kiley

Kayla Kiley loves wrapping up in the unparalleled beauty of Michigan summers. You can find her grooving to local live music, sipping on the inventive craft-beer scene, joining foodie tours, oil painting, ballroom dancing, and simply exploring the world around her.

By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MICH. — For many people, the Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo deserves a standing ovation — and it just opened.

What’s so exciting? Many locals say it’s because they can enjoy a beer and dinner with their movie. But there’s more.

Alamo Drafthouse is a 10-screen, 980-seat movie theater, located in downtown Kalamazoo at 180 Portage St. (formerly the Rave Cityplace 14).

The chain originated in Austin, Texas and offers first-run films, older movies, unique programming (ex: quote-along movies and 80’s dance parties featuring music videos) and food and alcohol service during the movie.

Alamo Drafthouse originated as CEO/founder Tim League’s idea to “make a movie theater by fans for fans.” So, for example, if there’s a movie of the past that you’d like to see return to the big screen, simply suggest it.

The Kalamazoo Alamo Drafthouse is the 16th Alamo Drafthouse to open in the U.S. and the only one in Michigan and the greater region. Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events, according to the website.

To kick off your Alamo experience, click here for showtimes.


With 32 taps — of which more than 20 are Michigan beers — you won’t go thirsty. Beyond beer, movie-goers can enjoy mixed drinks, wine, soda, coffee, tea or floats (there are even beer-floats!) while ordering from a full menu featuring local ingredients.

The menu offers brunch, lunch and dinner and everything from a bowl of bottomless popcorn and fried dill pickles to burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and wraps. Alamo Drafthouse doesn’t forget people with special dietary needs — nor does it forget dessert (chocolate peanut butter shake, anyone?).

Hungry? Take a look at the full menu.


Alamo Drafthouse management recommends showing up 30 minutes before your movie to find your seats, explore the extensive menu (while the lights are up) and enjoy the custom pre-show.

You can grab a drink and food in the lobby or head to the theater for the grub. To order food and drink at your seat, simply write your drink and/or meal orders on the provided paper and pen, stand it up in the clip at the front of the table, and the waiters will take care of the rest. You can order as often as you’d like, since waiters will watch for new requests. About 30 minutes before your movie ends, your waiter will bring the bill.

Wait, you want dessert? No problem — as long as the kitchen is open, Alamo will be happy to serve you!


This is a theatre for adults 18 and older — kids are welcome if a parent accompanies them. For certain select shows, the age polices may vary, but children must always be accompanied by a parent.


Are you a new parent? The Alamo Drafthouse understands that it is hard for new parents to get out for an evening on the town. That’s why it offers “Baby Day” for regular shows that start before 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons (excluding National holidays and special festival screenings).

Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. For baby day shows, the theatre keeps the lights up a bit, and the sound down a bit, so your little one never has to know they even went to the movies! Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment!

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