Movie lovers in southwest Houston and beyond will soon have a new place to catch the latest releases. The Houston-area's third Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is coming to Sugar Land's Imperial Market mixed-use development in 2017.
The nine-screen theater will begin construction in early 2016 as part of a new two-story retail building. In addition to its full menu of food and beverage options, Houston-area Alamo operator Triple Tap Ventures, LLC promises state-of-the-art projection technology.
"We are excited about the growth of our Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations in the Houston market," said Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen, president and CEO of Triple Tap Ventures LLC, in a statement. “We look forward to bringing our passion for movies, food and drinks to even more people in the Houston metropolitan area. We already see Sugar Land guests traveling to our other two theaters and are excited to be a part of the Imperial Market development."
The 850,000 square-foot project will utilize a number of historic buildings located on the former site of the Imperial Sugar factory. The 90-year-old Char House building will become a 185 room Aloft hotel and the historic silos will be converted for restaurant and retail use. The development will also house the new Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center (FBCDC), a project of the renowned Children's Museum of Houston and the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.
Will Alamo ever come inside the Loop? The Houston Business Journal notes that a theater is still part of the plans for the Regent Square development at the corner of West Dallas and Dunlavy. In the meantime, movie buffs can enjoy a full range of food and cocktails at the newly opened iPic theater at River Oaks District.