Alamo Drafthouse Is Coming to Loudoun County. Will It Be Worth the Drive?
It may be a skip and hop away from D.C., but Loudoun County's "One Loudoun" mixed-used development just announced news sure to delight movie geeks—it's getting a 34,000 square-foot Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
While the Alamo is known for its (really, really great) custom-made movie posters and enforcing strict policies about texting and talking, it's also widely considered one of the best movie-theater chains in the country. Per the press release:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema combines in-theater dining, drinks, films and events, all under one roof ... The theater is the brainchildof Tim and Karrie League who dreamed of opening a neighborhood theater that would provide the community with a great place to come together for entertainment as well as a second home to all movie fans.
The release goes on to tout how Loudoun County's Alamo will be "the first in the Washington, DC market area," which is true, but awfully deceptive. The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and AFI's Silver Theatre, while unaffiliated with the Austin-based Alamo, are magnitudes closer to D.C. and offer many of the same theatrical quirks and inspired screenings.
So yes, it's cool that Loudoun county can boast about landing an Alamo Drafthouse. But maybe don't call it a D.C. one.