Dinner, drinks, a movie and preservation?

An Alamo for the Alabama? The best idea for endangered theater yet

An Alamo for the Alabama? The best idea for endangered theater yet

A new Facebook page is clamoring to send a message to Weingarten Realty: Why not let the abandoned Alabama Theater house Alamo Drafthouse?

The 1939 art-deco theater is being threatened with near-total interior demolition, as CultureMap reported in an exclusive interview with an official from the architectural firm that drew up plans showing the gutting of the Alabama's insides at Weingarten's request.

Austin-based theater company Alamo Drafthouse is an 18-and-up theater that serves dinner and drinks with your movie. You can order throughout the film using a card on your table and booze your way through movies that don't quite strike a chord. Alamo already has area locations in Katy and Alief.

Besides the love for more corporate alternatives, the Alabama's Facebook fans love the prospect of preserving the historic theater's interior by housing a business that uses the same architecture. As user Bruce Coffman wrote: "it's just WAAAY too obvious to use this building for its originally intended purpose!"

It's an easy idea to love. I've been pining for my little indie beer-and-food-serving college theater, Ragtag Cinema, since I left.

Click here to join the Facebook group. And let us know if you like the Alamo Drafthouse push or have a better idea for the Alabama. Staples (a rumored-tenant) executives are also encouraged to comment.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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Alabama Theater. See the similarity? This could work, people!