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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes look at anticipated Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Were getting an exclusive first look at a new entertainment complex that is set to bring lots of business to downtown Kalamazoo.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is just weeks from opening its newest location at the site of the old Rave Theater.
News broke Thursday that the 10 screen movie complex will be opening November 18.
The movie posters are hung, the beer selection finalized, and staff are getting in place.
All they need now is movie-goers in the seats.
It's a really fun unique way to see a movie, said James Sanford, the Creative Manager for the Alamo Drafthouse.
The cinema is going past the traditional popcorn and soda fare, combining the restaurant and movie-going experience.
Patrons are assigned seats at long wooden tables, ordering food and drinks that are served during the movie.
People say, Isn't that going to be distracting? They are very smooth. They slide in there, drop off your food off and leave, Sanford said.
Sanford said this will be the first Alamo Drafthouse in Michigan.
Bringing it to Kalamazoo means 150 new jobs.
I believe they're still looking for some kitchen help and servers, Sanford said.
This will also be the only movie theater downtown, filling a big void and also bringing in lots of business.
Here's something that's different and likely to bring people not just from Kalamazoo. I'm having friends from Grand Rapids coming, from Lansing coming. There's just a whole lot of new vibrancy and life downtown, Sanford said.
He said this is a new experience that will make sure people Remember the Alamo.
We will have the blockbusters like Hunger Games, The Hobbit, But also have some of the independent and art films, Sanford said.
Managers encourage patrons to buy tickets online before coming to the Drafthouse.
They said tickets are already on sale.