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Bad news for NYC folks who were looking forward to the Alamo Drafthouse's planned Upper West Side "Metro" theater -- it isn't happening:

An often-stated priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York City. While that still stands true, the reality of the upper west side Metro is that too much has changed since we initially began work on the location. Construction costs have risen tremendously since engaging in the project back in early 2012 (due in some measure to ongoing Hurricane Sandy reconstruction efforts) and ultimately the location is no longer financially viable for us. We would love to make the upper west side location our next neighborhood theater in New York, but we cannot see this particular location as sustainable under current conditions.
Well that's a bummer. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is still planning to open a location in downtown Brooklyn in 2015 and the Yonkers branch opened in August.

Alamo Drafthouse NYC

Austin cinema institution Alamo Drafthouse has begun an all-out assault on NYC with THREE new theaters all slated to open in the next three years. Here's your preview of coming attractions:

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for a third location in New York: Alamo Drafthouse City Point. The seven-screen theater will be located at City Point, a new 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project that is being developed by Acadia Realty Trust and Washington Square Partners.

"I am extremely excited about the major development in downtown Brooklyn and proud to be a part of it," said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. "Although more than two years on the horizon, I can tell you that the City Point Brooklyn Alamo will be our best theater yet."

The venue will feature seven screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo's unique signature programming in both 35mm and digital formats. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, Alamo Drafthouse City Point will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2015.

The City Point location will be in downtown Brooklyn at Fulton Street Mall, and will open after planned Upper West Side and Yonkers locations (both of which are said to be due in 2013). For more on the Drafthouse's famous no talking/texting policy, check out the video below.

Continue reading "Alamo Drafthouse opening loctation in downtown Brooklyn, one of three in NYC area set to open"

Miami Connection

The story of Miami Connection is almost as insane as the film. After a blind purchase of the film for $50 on eBay, Alamo Drafthouse discovered a crowdpleaser of an exploitation film that dealt in ninjas, bikini-clad honeys, cocaine trafficking, and rock n roll that looks and sounds like something from Boogie Nights:

The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida's narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice... It'll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can't stop until they've completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the "stupid cocaine"...and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!
Miami Connection had a limited Orlando-only run in 1987, followed by banshiment to VHS shortly thereafter, followed by the eventual fade into utter obscurity. Now Drafthouse Films have resurrected the rock n' roll cocaine ninja fable, readying the film for release in theaters next month AND to DVD/Blu-Ray in December, both via Drafthouse. For b-movie buffs who thought The Apple was the last '80s cinematic obscurity stuck in the Forbidden Zone, you need to see this. The trailer for this uberwork is below. 

BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC showings at Landmark Sunshine Theater on November 2 and 3 (midnight of course), both of which will feature post-show Q&As with "9th degree black belt philosopher/author/inspirational speaker" and the film's star/director/producer Grandmaster Y.K. Kim (that's one helluva multi-tasking bro). Advance tickets (not a free BV screening this time) for both the November 2 and November 3 midnight screenings are available now.

You can also go for free as we're giving away tickets to both screenings, and winners will also get copies a rad promotional 7" featuring hit single "Against the Ninja" b/w "Friends" by the world's greatest anti-narcotic Taekwondo band Dragon Sound. See below for details on how to enter.

If you really want a copy of that 7", you can buy a copy from Drafthouse. It's also streamable below, and you can get lo-fi versions for the price of an email. Devotees to Dragon Sound can also pick up a sleeveless tee, a replica of the shirts worn by the band in the film.

Contest details, a list of screening dates/locations, song streams and Miami Connection's mindblowing trailer (watch till the very end) are below...

Continue reading "'80s martial arts rock-n-roll cult film 'Miami Connection' getting revival run (BV Presents NYC screenings; win tix!)"