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The Roof of The Alamo - A South Lamar Update

There is now a roof on the Alamo South Lamar building! But the rest of the complex has a long way to go to completion. What will it take for the Alamo South Lamar to be able to open? Read on...

The Roof of The Alamo - A South Lamar Update

As you can see in the banner image above, a substantial portion of the corner wall by the entrance plaza has been completed, and scaffolding extends the rest of the length of the front of the Alamo South Lamar to allow for work on that wall to proceed.  Of course, seeing a roof on top of this building means that the Alamo’s own work inside is very close to starting. We still do not know exactly when the turn over is going to happen, but it won’t be much longer. And knowing that this building is almost in the hands of the Alamo, and then looking around at the state of the rest of the complex, naturally brings up questions about how the Alamo will be able to open if the rest of the complex is not complete. I will address this below, but first let’s take a quick tour. 

Here we have a view from the plaza of the entrance to the Alamo South Lamar. A roof has been built, though it hasn’t been weather proofed yet. While the height of this ceiling is not what it will be like when completed, the lobby of the theater will have a very high ceiling. To the right of this image you can see the concrete ceiling of the Highball where the outdoor patio will be located.

Here is that same section of the highball. The depression you see on the concrete floor area is a demarcation where the outdoor patio area will roughly begin (extending to the right). The depression is to allow for the hardwood floor which will be composed of the wood from the bowling lanes in the original Highball.

Turning around we can see inside where the lobby (left), Highball (center, right) will be located. Again, the depression on the floor marks where a hardwood floor will be, in this case the dance floor. Looking up to the structure above is where some of the karaoke rooms will be located. You can see a small landing jutting out on the right of this steel structure, this is where the staircase to these karaoke rooms will be located.

Here is a quick and dirty shot of the inside of one of the new theaters. The other two theaters were entirely too dark to get a picture inside. But this one had just enough light for me to pull together a shot. The steel landing you see in this image is where the projection booth for this theater will be located. It is undetermined yet if this booth will be connected to the main projection booth via a walkway, or if it will just be blimped in the theater.

Finally a shot of the Alamo from South Lamar Blvd. Construction on building 2 is quickly getting to the point where shots like this will no longer be possible. Building 1, on the other hand, still has very little work completed as foundational pillars are pretty much all that has been done there.

In order for the Alamo Drafthouse to open to the public, all construction to the west of the Treadwell access road will need to be completed. In talking to Alamo Drafthouse project manager Daniel Osborne, it seems that part of the reason building 3 is so much further along than the rest of the complex is to allow for the Drafthouse to open before the rest of the complex is open. This is good news indeed as this massive project has quite a ways to go before completion. However, it is ultimately going to be up to the City of Austin to deem the area around the Drafthouse safe for the public before any opening can occur.

But too much talk about a South Lamar grand re-opening belies the fact that there are still three theaters, a lobby, and a Highball to build. So sit tight, folks, we’ll get there eventually. And in the mean time, I will do my best to show you exactly how we are getting there as it all goes down.

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