We took a look inside the luxury movie theater chain that’s taking over the country

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Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn.
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Since it was started by Tim and Karrie League in 1997 in Austin, Texas, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has become an oasis for movie lovers while also revolutionizing the theater experience with the inclusion of food and drink service.

With 25 locations across the country, it’s now widely regarded as the best theater in the world, and if you live in the New York City area, you can finally experience it in all its glory.

Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn will officially open its doors on Friday, and Business Insider got a glimpse inside what we can call without argument the most unique theatergoing experience in the city.

Come take a tour with us inside the newest Alama Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn:


Walking in, Stanley Kubrick fans will feel instantly at home as the familiar carpet design from “The Shining” will lead you into the fun.

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You can do your best King Kong impression atop the Empire State Building with this photo setup.

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This Drafthouse also has a gender-neutral bathroom, a move Tim League made in many of his theaters in the wake of the bathroom controversy in North Carolina.

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At the end of the hall, you enter the theater’s bar, House of Wax. And if you’re in the mood for some entertainment while having a drink, you’re in luck.

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The bar exhibits a curated selection of rare German waxwork sculptures including life-size displays of human oddities, animal attractions, and death masks.

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The collection is from the 1870s and includes Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask.

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House of Wax will pour 100% local, New York state draft beers — nearly 40, including Brooklyn, Other Half, Threes, Transmitter, and Interboro — along with a curated selection of wine on draft and by the bottle, and a uniquely themed menu of craft cocktails.

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There will also be live performances as well as Drafthouse staples: dedicated trivia and karaoke nights.

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And don’t worry about rushing to down your drink before going to your theater. You can walk with your drink from House of Wax to your movie.

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And while you’re walking to see your movie, check out the great Turkish posters…

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…and vinyl movie soundtrack covers that are scattered throughout.

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And the experience at Drafthouse doesn’t end with just watching the movie.

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All seven screens at Drafthouse Brooklyn provide food and drink service, so you can keep the beer flowing.

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When you come to the theater (or order a ticket online) you reserve a seat. The chairs are a lot more comfy than at the multiplex.

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When you come to your theater and sit in your seat, you’ll find a menu, order card, and pencil. Just write up your order and the waitstaff will do the rest.

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The kitchen at the Drafthouse Brooklyn is one of the largest of any of the chain’s locations. The favorite queso is on the menu, as well as new items like the Brisket Burger. Most of the items on the menu are made from scratch.

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There’s the Lamb Bazlama flatbread with spiced ground lamb, pickled red onions, golden raisins, shaved radishes, and fresh parsley.

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Chips with avocado crema.

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And the Ropa Vieja Beef Tacos with pulled skirt steak, corn tortillas, roasted corn, cotija, green cabbage, pickled red onions, and avocado crema… to just name a few.

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And, of course, there’s lots of popcorn.

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Tim League told Business Insider that this theater has been in the works for over five years. And with numerous subway lines nearby, he points out “it’s just 15 minutes” from a lot of places in Manhattan.

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Tim League.
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Regular admission tickets are $14.50, and the theater will be playing a mix of big-budget movies (including 3D), independent cinema, and unique cult movies.

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