Alamo Drafthouse goes to Washington

Alamo Drafthouse D.C. Bryant Street (Photo Credit: Bryce Bernier/Omnidirectional LLC)

Acclaimed cinema-eatery Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has opened its very first location in the nation’s capital, Alamo Drafthouse D.C. Bryant Street.

Occupying over 45,000 square feet, the 9-screen, 873 seat theater is the company’s first outlet in D.C. proper, joining the Alamo Drafthouse One Loudoun and Alamo Drafthouse Woodbridge locations in Northern Virginia as the third in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

The Alamo Drafthouse D.C. Bryant Street features the company’s next-generation Premium Large Format standard, The Big Show, which boasts the largest movie screen of any theater in D.C. The 100% recliner, 217 seat auditorium has a state-of-the-art 4K Laser projection system, optimized for the enormous 66’ wide x 28’ tall screen, and transformative Dolby Atmos audio technology capable of producing 72,000 watts of amplification distributed through 76 speakers for a truly immersive, three-dimensional audio experience.

Given it’s the first Alamo Drafthouse location in the nation’s capital, the D.C. team had fun playing with a decidedly appropriate “Washington, D.C. on the big screen” theme throughout the theater that guests will appreciate from the moment they step inside the building. A “Hall of Presidents” in the lobby celebrates eleven of the silver screen’s favorite movie Presidents, including Kevin Kline’s President Kovic from Dave, Morgan Freeman’s President Trumbull from Deep Impact, and Harrison Ford’s President Marshall from Air Force One. The centerpiece of the lobby is the lifesize statue of Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 sci-fi favorite Independence Day. The theme continues on from the lobby to The Big Show, where a giant “Aliens attack D.C.” entrance that is a spectacle to see welcomes guests to the largest screen in D.C. The theater’s stand-alone bar, The Highbinder, also takes on the look and feel of a political spy thriller, complete with a special drink menu of spy-themed cocktails.

“After more than five years of looking for the right location and another five years of development, we are happy to finally share the Alamo Drafthouse experience with the residents of Washington, D.C.,” said Anthony Coco and Joseph Edwards, co-owners of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Washington D.C. “The theater’s lobby, The Highbinder bar, and The Big Show spaces have really come together to create something special and unique to D.C. Combined with Alamo Drafthouse’s top-of-the-line audio/visual presentation, unique programming, and unparalleled food and beverage service, the D.C. theater will provide an unrivaled out-of-home experience that we can’t wait to deliver to our guests.”

Tickets are on sale now for guests to enjoy Alamo Drafthouse’s curated, ad-free pre-show entertainment, signature mix of first-run films and curated specialty programming, an extensive made-from-scratch food and beverage menu, and luxury recliner seating throughout every theater. Located at 630 Rhode Island Ave NE, the Alamo Drafthouse D.C. Bryant Street is adjacent to the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood metro station and a free validated garage parking is available. During the “soft opening” period running through December 15th, guests will receive 25% discounts on select food and non-alcoholic beverages while staff trains and gets up to speed.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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