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Lubbock's cultural gem Alamo Drafthouse (120 W Loop 289) is reopening on Thursday, August 20th.

Via their press release:

"We're looking forward to getting back to what we love to do - bringing guests the best film, food, and drinks all in one seat," said Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen, CEO and President of Triple Tap Ventures LLC. "In addition, we’ve made a lot of updates to our experience in order to provide the safest and most enjoyable experience possible for our teammates and guests."

Alamo will open with some highly-anticipated new films, such as Bill & Ted Face the Music, Unhinged, and Brokenhearts Gallery. Of course, Alamo is known for their screenings of beloved classics (cult or otherwise), and will also be showing films like Inception, Iron Man, and one of my personal favorites, Donnie Darko.

Alamo Drafthouse closed all its locations across the U.S. in March amid the rising cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Cinemark and Premiere Cinemas in Lubbock also closed their doors that month.

There will be some key differences for Alamo's reopening, which is to be expected from any responsible movie theater. The menu will be reduced down, and safety protocols, including face masks, will be in place, Alamo said:

Guests attending screenings at the reopening Lubbock location will be asked to maintain six feet of physical distancing at all times and wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking. Ticket purchases will automatically have at least two “buffer seats” surrounding each party, offering at least six feet of distance between guests.

There will be a dramatic increase in the frequency and thoroughness of all theater cleans, including the disinfection of each auditorium between screening using professional electrostatic sanitization machines that utilize EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfectants. Hand sanitizers are placed throughout the building. In addition a number of other cleanliness and health check processes have been implemented for our team and non-guest areas.

Additionally, Lubbock's Alamo Drafthouse will not have event hosts at this time. Here's hoping for their (and my!) swift return.

Welcome back, Alamo! You are a TREASURE!

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