Alamo Drafthouse CEO arrives in Kalamazoo
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 12:23 AM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League arrived in Kalamazoo Wednesday afternoon to meet with his architect and look over the location of his new movie theater.
The Drafthouse, featuring movies, local beer, and food, is moving into the old Rave Cinemas.
Mayor Bobby Hopewell is calling it another step in bringing an entertainment hotspot to downtown Kalamazoo.
Hopewell says that more and more people are living downtown, Western's medical school will be opening soon, and more businesses are bringing in jobs.
It's all caught the attention of League, the man behind Alamo.
League's team is on the verge of starting the new construction project, and making final calls on the look of the theater, described as a mid-century modern theme.
"We're looking at the display over the box office," League said. "It will look like the mid-century, a 1960s feel. It will have a different look and feel than what it is right now."
Alamo's arrival is another step in making the city what Hopewell calls "the place to be."
It was first thought that Alamo would be opening its doors this summer, but League said tonight he isn't committing to any firm timetable, only saying the theater would open up shop this year.
"We're gonna try and get it open as soon as we can. We were hoping for this summer, but right now that's only a hope," League said. "I don't know and don't want to jinx it. I won't know until we get construction workers on the site."
For now, League won't say when construction will start, but he's leaving town Thursday.
But he did say Wednesday night that half the beers at the movie theater will be local beers.