The Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas opened its doors this past spring as part of the new Toyota Music Factory complex in Irving. The Las Colinas building is the fourth such facility where patrons can eat a snack or meal while enjoying a movie.
The Las Colinas facility offers seven auditoriums, seating ranges from 28 to 151. The theater can hold up to 712 people. Those not wanting to view a movie, or who are waiting to do so, can sit inside the Vetted Well bar or on the seated second-floor outside patio, each of which offers a view of the musical acts performing at the Texas Music Center’s Texas Lottery Plaza.
The Vetted Well is one of six bars and restaurants in a chain that includes establishments in Dallas and Lake Highlands. The Well offers food and drinks, as well as entertainment, including a karaoke section.
Inside each of the Drafthouse theaters, where there is a “No Talking or Texting” policy, there is 4K digital projection, 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound and the theater is equipped with 35-millimeter projection. Moviegoers also can sit back and relax in recliner seats, and the front row has foot rests.
On July 22, the Alamo Drafthouse and Toyota Music Factory began “Pix In The Plaza,” a series of free summer outdoor screenings each Sunday. These family-friendly moves include pets and will continue through Aug. 12. The series features Disney-Pixar films shown on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable screen.
The July 29 screening will be “Finding Nemo,” with “Toy Story 3” set for Aug. 5 and “Up” scheduled to be shown Aug. 12. There also will be pre-film activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday. These activities will help create a themed atmosphere for each movie; bounce houses, music, face painting, games, treats, non-alcoholic beverages and other surprises will be part of the excitement.
Also, there will be free parking inside the Toyota Music Factory garage. The movies will begin shortly after dusk, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs. However, food and drink brought in from the outside will be prohibited.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema began in 1997 with a single-screen theater in Austin, and now there are more than 36 locations. Over the course of 21 years, the theater has built a reputation, which includes praise from several entertainment magazines for combining a dining and movie-going experience.
For more information about the Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas, check out the website, www.drafthouse.com. For more information about the Vetted Well, visit www.vettedwell.com.