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AUSTIN -- "Thank you for your patience, Austin. We can't wait to serve you," wrote the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on their website Tuesday.

After 18 months of anticipation, the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse and The Highball announced, "We're back!" And they are under one roof.

'We're back!': South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse, Highball announce reopening date KVUE

"We wanted to preserve as much of the spirit of the old Alamo South Lamar but extend on the ideas we explored in the first place," said CEO and founder Tim League.

Nine movie screens now call South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse home, and The Highball has seven 'themed' karaoke rooms.

"We hired the same artists: Muralist Heyd Fontenot and sculptor Evan Voyles, to update the work they originally created. We've also added some great new additions including a Shining themed photo booth and some truly outrageous new karaoke room themes," League added.

There are a few other changes regulars to the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse will also notice.

On a sad note, The Highball did not have enough room to fit the popular bowling lanes many had grown to love. League said there wasn't enough room.

Worried about parking?

The Lamar Union complex has a 576-space parking garage right next to the theater.

You may be confused when you drive by because construction is still obstructing most of the view.

"Aside from the construction on the outside, you would think it's not ready, but when you actually walk in, you can see a little bit of the old [mixed] with the new. It's very exciting," said Ramona Price, a regular customer.

They are set to open their doors Saturday, Aug. 16. If you can't wait for the Aug. 16 opening date, select Victory members are invited to the private soft opening on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Go here to learn more about the Alamo's Victory program.

Go here for the rest of the details.

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