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Alamo Drafthouse to Break Ground on Its Downtown Location With A Free Movie

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The Alamo Drafthouse is about to launch a massive invasion on the Dallas-Fort Worth area, opening several new theaters, and it starts downtown with a new movie house on South Lamar Street. Developers for the new theater announced plans to break ground on the construction next month but a gathering of geekdom like the Alamo Drafthouse would never let a gaggle of rich guys break ground on theater.

No, fans of the Austin-based institution just wouldn't stand for it. There would be an uprising with torches and pitchforks that would make the raid on Dr. Frankenstein's monster in the original 1931 classic look like a high school pep rally.

In keeping with the theater chain's reputation for cinematic good times, it will celebrate the groundbreaking on Saturday, November 8 on the South Lamar Street site with a free outdoor screening and plenty of chances to fill up on food and drink.

The doors (or whatever the outdoor equivalent of doors is, we assume gates or caution tape) open at 5 p.m. with the free screening of director John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off on an inflatable screen to start around sunset. Several food trucks will join the event to provide some grub for the hungry masses as well as beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Following the screening, the groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the construction site.

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