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Montrose gets a fancy new movie theater, while Midtown loses its theater chance — for now

Montrose gets a fancy new movie theater, while Midtown loses its theater chance — for now

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Regent Square is set to begin the second phase of construction in late 2013.  Courtesy of GID Development
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Alamo Drafthouse is set to open a 35,000-square-foot, nine screen, 950-seat cinema in the spot.  Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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On the heels of the news that Florida luxury movie theater group iPic Entertainment will be moving into River Oaks, Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse revealed that it also will be opening a theater inside of the Loop. 

Regent Square is the newest spot for the Austin-based cinema chain, which already has locations at Mason Park in Katy and Vintage Park in northwest Houston.

 Consistent with the development's plan to be "all about the pedestrian," Alamo Drafthouse will also host outdoor screenings.  

Construction of phase one began in September on the long-delayed Regent Square, a mixed-use development near the corner of Dallas and Dunlavy that aims to offer everything a resident needs — restaurants, retail, offices and entertainment — in 24 acres. 

In addition to the 35,000-square-foot, nine screen, 950-seat cinema, the second phase of Regent Square construction — expected to begin in late 2013 — will include 160 residential units and 15,000 square feet of restaurant space. 

Consistent with the development's plans to be "all about the pedestrian," Alamo Drafthouse will also host outdoor screenings in the on-site park. 

Alamo Drafthouse announced in May 2012 intentions to open a theater at 2901 Louisiana Street, but Alamo representative Neil Michaelsen tells the Houston Business Journal that, in light of construction delays, the company is "reviewing alternate sites in Midtown for an Alamo and is committed to bringing the concept to that market."