Alamo DrafthouseWhenever I've tried to explain to people that the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema company is not the same as the three Alamo Drafthouse movie theaters that founders Tim and Karrie League own in Austin, everyone ends up confused, including me. The Leagues sold the company in 2004 -- except for three theaters, for which they licensed the Alamo name back from the company -- and it's never been entirely clear to me what role, if any, they had in the franchise after that. What we do know is that they've built a solid reputation for combining movies, dining and other entertainment with their three Alamo Drafthouse movie theaters.

Today, it's a lot simpler. Effective immediately, Tim League is assuming the role of CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and has plans to oversee and expand the brand's franchise operations. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema currently has nine locations spread throughout Austin, the greater Houston area, San Antonio and Winchester, Virginia. League hopes to lure franchise operators to open Alamo Drafthouse theaters in other parts of the U.S.

It appears that as of this announcement, all the Alamo theaters including the ones the Leagues own are now under a single umbrella, which at least makes it all easier to explain. It also means that with League at the helm, Alamo franchise theaters are likely to resemble the three League-owned theaters more closely in terms of menu, programming and special events. The current Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theaters all offer food and beer/wine with the movies they screen, but most focus primarily on first-run Hollywood movies. They don't have quite the variety of programming you'd find at the League-owned Alamo Ritz, for example, where the schedule can include classic Hollywood movies, sing-alongs, 1970s exploitation flicks and locally made indie features all within a single week.
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