Movie theater closing doors


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a national chain that was founded in Austin, Texas in 1997. Photo via

A movie theater in the region featuring more than 30 draft beers has announced it will close.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kalamazoo, at 180 Portage St., announced this week it plans to close on April 3.

Alamo representative Steve Phillips says the property on which the theater sits was sold, and the new owner plans to terminate Alamo’s lease, according to a Jan. 31 notice filed with the State of Michigan and Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

Phillips, senior director of people at Alamo, says this will result in a permanent shutdown of the theater and across-the-board layoffs.

“Some Alamo employees whose Kalamazoo positions will be eliminated may receive offers to transfer to different Alamo locations. However, like all other Kalamazoo employees, any employees who receive but reject an offer to transfer to a different location will no longer work for Alamo after their Kalamazoo position is eliminated,” Phillips says.

On Facebook, a message by the theater thanks long-time patrons.

“We want to thank everyone who has visited this theater over the years, and we hope you will continue to support cinema long after our departure,” the post says.

“All gift cards and advance tickets will be honored through April 3rd. If you have purchased an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema gift card and would like a refund, please visit the box office.”

The box office phone number is (269) 532-7990.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The national movie theater chain was founded in 1997 in Austin, Texas.

It has locations in Texas, Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, California, New York, Nebraska and Arizona.

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