Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kalamazoo

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kalamazoo
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When you enter Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Downtown Kalamazoo, it’s pretty obvious that this is not your ordinary movie theater.

First, there’s a bar. Yes, A BAR IN THE CINEMA. That totally exists. And it’s not just any bar. This bar has something like eleventy-jillion beers on tap as evidenced from the eleventy-jillion beer taps behind it and the beer board that’s approximately the size of Texas.

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There’s also a super, swanky lounge area.

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And, instead of being decorated with posters for upcoming movies, the walls of the theater are decorated with reproductions of old movie posters, but all the titles have been changed to include beer or food related words.

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Another big difference between Alamo and your typical cinema is the food selection. It’s not just popcorn, Sno Caps, and nachos with radioactively orange cheese sauce here.

The Alamo has a full menu of fancy-pants food options, like White Bean Hummus dip, Avocado and Pesto burgers, and Beets and Goat Cheese salad wraps.  I ordered the Brussels Sprout, Bacon, and Goat Cheese pizza because if there’s anything that will make me eat Brussels sprouts it’s bacon and cheese.

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Oh, and, there are milkshakes. Really, really good milkshakes. Including alcoholic milkshakes with whipped cream on top because life is short and milk shakes, like everything in life, taste better with whipped cream and booze.

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Probably the best thing about Alamo in my opinion is how seriously they take the whole movie-going experience.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love beer, beer-themed posters, bacon-topped pizza, and booze-filled milk shakes as much as the next girl – probably, in all honesty, more than the next girl.

But there isn’t anything I love more than sitting in a dark, quiet movie theater, watching a movie and generally escaping my life by pretending I’m living a different life. Preferably a different life that involves being kissed by some hot movie star. And there is nothing I hate more than people disrupting my movie-going experience with their talking or general annoyingness while I’m trying to pretend that Ryan Gosling and I are having a moment.

I love that before each movie at Alamo, they show a whole list of things you can’t do, including texting, talking, and arriving late. I mean, sure, other cinemas tell you to keep it down, but do they then offer you the chance to rat out your loud-mouthed, fellow movie-goers who are totally interrupting your hot moment with Ryan Gosling?

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Yeah, I didn’t think so.

What’s been your favorite movie-going experience?

 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Contact Info:

Address: 180 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Phone: 269-532-7990

Email: manager.kalamazoo@drafthouse.com

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Sally Thelen is a blogger, teacher, traveler, bacon-eater, beer-drinker, and self-professed scaredy cat. Sally grew up in Buffalo, NY, and then bounced around the globe for fifteen years -- taking up residence everywhere from Washington, DC to Brazil to Japan. In 2013, she moved to Kalamazoo, where she has made it her mission to drink ALL THE BEER. Her blog, Unbrave Girl (www.unbravegirl.com) has been featured on Huffington Post and TravelChannel.com and won the 2014 Weblog Award for Most Humorous Weblog.