One of the two Alamo Drafthouse theaters way out west will be closing down soon.
The arrival of an Edwards multiplex at West Oaks Mall will mean the closure of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the regional shopping center, leaving the specialty theater chain with a single location in the Houston area.
Construction of the 14-screen Edwards multiplex will start this spring, and the theater will open in fall 2012, according to Los Angeles-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners, which owns the mall at Westheimer and Texas 6.
Lacy Smythe Edmondson, a spokeswoman for Triple Tap Ventures, which owns and operates the two Alamo Drafthouses in the Houston area, declined to comment on the looming closure. The other location is on Mason Road in Katy.
“Right now we’re focusing on staying open,” she said, adding that “we are evaluating a number of locations for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema inside the Loop as well as additional areas in the Houston metropolitan area.”
It’s apparently going to remain open through the construction period, which will through the end of 2012, so nothing will happen immediately. All I know is that one possible location for a close-to-me Alamo Drafthouse is no longer available. Beyond that, I have no idea where they’re looking. I’m just hoping to hear an announcement some day.