Posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Friday, Jan 4 at 7:30 AM
AUSTIN -- The mood was bittersweet Thursday evening in South Austin as a popular hotspot closed its doors, at least for now.
The Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar has been an entertainment staple in the area for seven years.
The establishment is now closing its South Lamar location temporarily for renovations.
“It just reminds me of all the good times we had in this building. It's not completely sad 'cause we'll be open again at the end of this year but I'm feeling some weird, memory-induced feelings coming through,” said Tim League, co-owner of the Alamo Drafthouse chain.
“It's a great theater. How many theaters do you know where you can have a milkshake while you're watching a movie? or a beer? and the quality of the sound is always first rate,” said Jette Kernion with Slackerwood.com.
The Alamo Drafthouse south renovation is scheduled to be completed in September.
The Highball which is also in the same business complex will also shut down only to reopen next to the brand new Alamo Drafthouse digs.
“What's really interesting about this theater to me is that this is the first one that we really, really got the idea of a neighborhood theater. We just connected with this neighborhood,” League said.