Alamo Drafthouse recloses its remaining movie theaters in Dallas-Fort Worth

After executives at Alamo Drafthouse temporarily closed four of its North Texas theaters in mid-September, the company announced that the remaining two – in Richardson and Lake Highlands – are now also temporarily closed.

“In the absence of any major new releases coming up, we decided to conserve our resources during the COVID by temporarily closing all franchise locations in Dallas-Fort Worth with immediate effect,” said Bill, Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Alamo DFW DiGaetano wrote in a statement.

The Alamo Drafthouse in the Cedars, which was photographed here in February 2020, was closed for most of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)

He calls it an “awfully difficult and disappointing decision” directly related to the lack of business during the coronavirus pandemic. Even with health precautions in place, some customers have had concerns about returning to theaters since they reopened in August.

Alamo Drafthouse implemented strict COVID-19 rules, including requirements that customers stay 6 feet from those who are not part of their group, wear masks during the film, and step carefully to avoid overcrowding.

The closings are considered a “break,” the statement said, with the intention of one day reopening all six Alamo Drafthouses. DiGaetano did not take any interviews.

Alamo Drafthouse first arrived in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2013, with a theater in Richardson. The company waited three years before opening a second in Cedars, a neighborhood in Dallas. Then it was in full swing, followed by Lake Highlands, Las Colinas, Denton and North Richland Hills. 2018 was Alamo Drafthouse DFW’s biggest year.

The company statement states that the Richardson and Lake Highlands screenings have been canceled and guests will be refunded.

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