Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands will reopen in June

Hang on a little longer, moviegoers. Alamo Drafthouse in Creekside center will reopen in June.

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Matthew McConaughey hinted at the news during the Oscars broadcast Sunday, as he stood outside the chain’s Austin location on South Lamar.

“Theaters are coming back,” he told film diehards. “Movie theaters employ over 150,000 Americans, and they are the unsung heroes that help bring movie magic to the big screen.” After “the longest intermission they could have ever imagined,” McConaughey said big screen entertainment will be coming back into our lives.

Alamo Drafthouse has implemented new safety protocols to deal with COVID, including use of professional electrostatic sanitization machines, which use hospital-grade disinfectants, and installation of MERV-13 air filtration systems in many locations. Mask-wearing and social distancing have been added to Alamo’s notorious rules for movie-going etiquette, which involve no talking and texting during the show, no late seating and no unruly children.

Alamo’s reopening is certain to be welcome news for the restaurants and retail surrounding them at Creekside. Fireside Pies, Sugarfire Smoke House, Monkey King Noodle Company, Bahama Buck’s and Fuzzy’s Tacos will likely receive a boost when moviegoers return, and nearby Candy Shack Daiquiris, Jake’s Burgers and others should see spillover traffic.

Alamo shared their plans on social media yesterday, but they gave no specific date. Also opening in June will be Alamo theatres in Richardson and the Cedars.

Alamo Drafthouse operates more than 40 locations and is known for their dine-in auditoriums, craft beer and special screenings. They feature Music Mondays, Terror Tuesdays, Weird Wednesdays and movie quote-a-longs, sing-a-longs and other events.