Exclusive look inside Drafthouse renovations



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Posted on October 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 7:19 AM

AUSTIN -- Ten months ago the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar shut its doors for renovations.

The Drafthouse had planned to reopen by September, but as October began the work was far from finished.

“All this stuff has gone up really in the last 30 days to be honest with you,” said Drafthouse project coordinator Daniel Osborne.

Osborne said construction has been delayed for several reasons.

“There are so many factors working through the process with City of Austin, Austin Energy, Austin Water and all the inspections," he said.

As of Oct. 1 the add-on to the existing theater had walls but no roof. The walls marked where an additional three screens would go, to add to the existing six.

But it’s not all "out with the old and in with the new," according to Osborne. He said the company planned to recycle original materials.

“The bowling is not going to make it back; however we are reusing all the bowling lanes.”

They also had artist renderings from Austin architect Jason Hsu showing the original sign from the flagship Alamo Drafthouse.

Once things started moving along, Osborne said they hoped to be finished by spring 2014.

Across from the theater is the future site of two mixed-use developments with stores and condos, but work on those buildings hasn't yet begun.

The only thing that was finished on Oct. 1. was the parking garage foundation.