Why Franchise?

People in Austin have long recognized that the experience we offer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is unique. Now we want to share that quality experience with people all over the US.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has world-wide recognition as a leader in the cinema/dining concept. In addition to the excellence that we strive for in food quality, service, film presentation and sound quality, we have received kudos in national and international publications for the experience that we create with our no-talking policy and our pre-show philosophy. In addition to that, we have become a household name amongst hard-core movie fans for our special event programming and unique events.

We are looking for partners who are experienced with the hospitality business, who understand and love what the Alamo does, and want to bring our brand of excellent food, service, film presentation and original programming to their region. We want people who are passionate about creating the best and most entertaining night-out-at-the-movies that they can possibly provide, from the moment their customers walk in the door, to the moment they leave. We are looking for partners that have the ability and passion to take on an Area development. Area developers can be granted the rights to a smaller area with 2 or 3 venues, up to a larger area that contains multiple states with multiple venues.

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Currently, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is granting franchises to select types of exempt franchisee prospects in a limited number of markets where Alamo Drafthouse Cinema can offer franchises without franchise disclosure or registration of a franchise offering. We would love to speak with you further and explore potential franchise opportunities if you are an exempt prospect under federal and state law, which may be the case if you meet two or more of the following minimum criteria:
At the federal level:

  • You individually (and as not part of an investment group or with partners) have readily available in cash and will invest over $3,000,000 (excluding land purchase) in a potential franchise transaction.
  • You have been or your entity has been in business for at least 5 years and your group must have a combined net worth of at least $10,000,000 (exclusive of personal residence and property).
  • You have been in the restaurant and/or theater business for at least 2 years and you expect any Alamo franchise to produce less than 20% of your ongoing restaurant/theater business revenues.


If you believe you satisfy two or more of these criteria at the federal level and are interested in developing a specific market, please contact us by filling out the information below. All information submitted to Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is used only to assist in the pre-screening of potential investors/partners, and will be kept confidential.

Please bear in mind that none of the communications made through this website and/or automated response system should be construed as an offer to sell any franchise in, nor is any such communication directed to, the residents of any jurisdiction requiring registration of the franchise before it is offered or sold in the jurisdiction. No franchises will be granted to any resident of any such jurisdiction until the offer has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such jurisdiction and the required Franchise Disclosure Document (if any) has been delivered to the prospective franchisee before the sale in compliance with applicable law. Thank you for your interest in the Alamo Drafthouse and we look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your interest in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.  For all other Franchise inquiries, please write to [email protected].