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Lake Highlands to Get the Largest Alamo Drafthouse Yet in Spring 2017

If you live in the Lake Highlands area and are tired of having to call an Uber or hitchhike just to see a movie at the closest Alamo Drafthouse, you're in luck. 

The movie theater chain that currently has two locations — in Richardson and downtown Dallas, with a third in the works in Las Colinas — sent out a press release today confirming that plans are in place to build a fourth theater in the Lake Highlands area. 

The fourth theater will open sometime in the spring of 2017 and take over Tom Thumb's spot at the corner of Skillman Street and Abrams Road, across the street from the Top Golf facility. The new theater will have nine movie screens and 875 theater seats with reclining backs and footstools.

Each theater will have a 4K digital projection system with a 7.1 Dolby surround system. Some will also have 35 mm projectors "so fans can experience classic and repertory content as they were meant to be seen," according to the press release. 

The new space will also have another Vetted Well restaurant and bar, with a patio separated by retractable garage doors. This is good news for fans of Vetted Well's Ritz cracker-crusted chicken-fried chicken, which we recently named one of the 100 best dishes in Dallas.

James Wallace, Alamo Drafthouse's program director for the DFW area, says the new location will extend the movie theater chain's reach even further by plugging a hole in its coverage between the Richardson theater located on North Central Expressway and the Dallas location on Lamar Street. 

"Anyone who has been driving to either of those theaters from Lake Highlands, Lakewood, East Village, Park Cities, Highland Park, etc. — this can now be their friendly, neighborhood Alamo!" Wallace wrote by email. "And to that note, it's another neighborhood theater located in the 'burbs, which we've seen great success with in Richardson."

The new theater will also have more screens than either of Alamo Drafthouse's current locations. Wallace says this new location expands their opportunities for original shows and screenings. 

"Another theater with nine houses gives us that much more space to show things and try things out," Wallace wrote. "That said, all of our theaters share some programming but also have their own unique programming and series. I see them as destination theaters in that way. There are certain movies or monthly programming or special events we offer at all of our locations so that whichever one you go to you can get the same Alamo experience."
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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.