The title of this post might be a bit of an understatement, especially given the amount of earth I saw being moved at the South Lamar construction site. The sheer magnitude is almost overwhelming, and from my vantage point on the roof of the theater, I could see just how large a hole in the ground the former South Lamar shopping complex has become. The panorama shot immediately below was taken from the north east corner of the roof of Alamo Lamar (all images below link to full size photos on Flickr).
And with that, I welcome you to the first in a series of posts that will be documenting the triumphant return of the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. As you can tell by the photos posted here, while there is a lot going on, there really isn’t anything happening to the theater right now.
But I can at least give you an idea of how the new Alamo South Lamar is going to be laid out: The new theaters (three of them) will be situated on the current lobby side of the building. Then next to that (going north) will be the new lobby and the new Highball. If you look at the panorama shot above, that black mound of dirt is roughly where the new lobby/Highball will be.
Moving forward, expect this blog to get really busy as soon as new structures begin to be added to the current building. This won’t be for a few more months yet. But I will continue to visit the construction site and give updates as we get closer to when the new theater is turned over to the Alamo Drafthouse for work on the interiors.
And check out the deserted projection booth. Projectors are all wrapped up tight to protect them from the elements. What you see here include film projectors for theater 1 in the distance on the right and the first projector you see on the left is the 4K for theater 5. The big empty space in the foreground was the projection "office," for lack of a better term, where projection business and film work was done. Despite the bustle on the outside of the building, Alamo Lamar has never felt so quiet and desolate. It was kind of eerie being in there.
One last thing I would like to bring up is the fact that this series will have nothing to do with Fantastic Fest and I will thank you in advance to keep comments and questions relevant to the subject at hand. I realize that South Lamar and Fantastic Fest have a long history, but Fantastic Fest announcements will be handled completely separately from this series of posts about construction.
In the mean time, we have a lot to look forward to in learning about exactly what we’re going to get when South Lamar re-opens. After blogging about the building of the Ritz and Highball, I’m really excited to be back writing about the new Alamo Lamar. As in those two previous events, what you’re going to see here is basically a blow by blow account of the building of this new space. So check back often for the latest updates!