Tempe, the wait is nearly over.
Alamo Drafthouse recently announced in a blog post that its second Valley location will open in May. No exact date has been set for the opening, but the inclusion of a certain red spandex-clad sarcastic superhero implies it could be right around the time of the release of the comic-book blockbuster Deadpool 2.
As we reported last June, the seven-screen theater will serve as an anchor for the mixed-use complex known as The Collective, located at 1140 East Baseline Road, between South Lakeshore Drive and South Rural Road.
The new location will feature a new mural by Tucson artist Joe Pagac on the building’s west wall. He recently posted a time-lapse video of his progress on his YouTube channel.
Alamo Drafthouse is known for having food and drink delivered to your seat by servers with ninja-like stealth and precision — and showing both first-run and classic films in an environment that has no tolerance for cell phones and other interruptions.
Last September, a public service announcement about the strict policy that was filmed at the Chandler location went viral. It featured child actor Jackson Robert Scott, who played the young Georgie in the hit horror film It.
Unlike the Austin-based chain’s Southeast Valley location at the Chandler Crossings shopping center at 4955 South Arizona Avenue, the Alamo Drafthouse Tempe will have a 35-millimeter film projector. This old-school piece of movie equipment should give the college town venue a greater variety of programming choices for its themed movie parties.
“We are really eager about expanding more in the Phoenix market,” says Derek Dodd, Alamo Drafthouse Phoenix's operating partner, in an email. “I was able to look at the 35mm projectors as they were being installed. That is really exciting to be able to have them at our theater. We will keep the same awesome programming that the Alamo Drafthouse is known for and we can't wait to bring that to Tempe.”
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For those eager to keep up on the events and special screenings leading up to Alamo Drafthouse’s grand opening, the blog post recommends that patrons sign up for the theatre’s loyalty program known as Alamo Victory. It is free to join and it gives you perks such as food rewards, exclusive screenings, and free movies on your birthday.
You will also be entered to win free movies for an entire year. Two winners will be selected to win a customized movie pass valued at over $3,500. The contest ends on at 11:59 p.m. on May 6, 2018.
No word at this time if Alamo Drafthouse Tempe will feature chimichangas, Deadpool’s favorite food, on their menu.