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Former Cannon Films’ actress Robin Sherwood loves the Alamo Drafthouse cinema, Central Park Ave, NY. “It’s clean and they apply fair behaviour rules”

Robin Sherwood
Robin Sherwood
The Alamo Drafthouse, Central Park Ave, Yonkers, New York. The FlopHouse podcast Dan McCoy, Elliott Kalan, Stuart Wellington; I Love Bad Movies Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh at Alamo Drafthouse NYC Yonkers present Sleepwalkers Flop Night May 11 2014. Photo by Sarah Hampton. sarahhampton.com
The Alamo Drafthouse, Central Park Ave, Yonkers, New York. The FlopHouse podcast Dan McCoy, Elliott Kalan, Stuart Wellington; I Love Bad Movies Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh at Alamo Drafthouse NYC Yonkers present Sleepwalkers Flop Night May 11 2014. Photo by Sarah Hampton. sarahhampton.com

While I’ve only in fact been there the once, along with a troupe of film buffs, my favourite theatre is the Alamo Drafthouse, in Yonkers, NY.

One of the things I really love is its diverse programming

Here, you can see everything from Minions, to second-run and limited releases. Even the classic black-&-white movies which go all the way back. The Alamo also runs its own film festival. It also hosts special events which can include one-off releases or even, as happened recently, a whole week of Cannon films!

So, their approach isn’t short on adventure. They even have a huge lobby poster for an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. You can’t be more eclectic than that.

The food and the preshows

As you enter the theatre, you’re met with such a beautiful concession stand. It looks like a really nice brasserie, and even a bit like a pub, and is so well-laid-out and inviting. The Alamo also serves delicious gourmet food, especially the burgers and fries. And the popcorn, which I think probably was buttered, was wonderful and you can have as much as you want. And, of course, they serve great craft beer.

They also put on great preshow – from original Disney cartoons to vintage news reels. They are so good, in fact, that we’re even sure some people come to the Alamo for this alone!

The district

The theatre, which is located in a really nice shopping mall district, and not actually a strip mall, is flanked by some great upmarket stores. The area, in general, is saturated with theatres, but there is enough going on at the Alamo to help stand it apart and thrive against the competition. Every time I’ve passed-by, the theatre always seems to be full – and it’s not like it’s even the 8 o’clock show or anything. What it shows is that they must be doing something right.

Alamo’s behaviour policy

The auditoriums (six in total) are really nicely-appointed. You’re quickly aware of how very dark they are, contrasting starkly with the outside daylight. They are particularly warm and welcoming. I also know that the management enforces a very strict ‘behaviour’ policy. Talking, chatter, mobile phone abuse, and swearing or smoking is never tolerated. I’d witnessed they evicting patrons first-hand.

It’s true that Madonna was once famously kicked-out of one of the Alamo venues for at least one of these misdemeanours. This policy is good because it protects the movie-goer and their investment. If they know they can enjoy their movies in peace, they will likely keep returning.

What an experience!

Throughout, the management take really care of the customer-experience. I mean, from the movie-selection, right on through to the overall quality of experience. In this regard, the theatre maintenance and its cleanliness, I think, are second-to-none. The Alamo is also very accessible and has plenty of parking.

The theatre’s Yonkers location, which opened only a few years ago now, is the company’s first in New York. Here the documentaries and other classic fare, mentioned above, definitely seems to suit the Westchester County demographic. It is also known for attracting family-oriented audiences.

I rarely go to the cinema

The theatre I discern to enjoy a really strong following of savvy movie-goers. And while I know that it sounds really bad, I’ll often watch a lot of movies on my laptop. I usually only go to the cinema when people invite me. But now that I know of the Alamo Drafthouse, I’m sure I’ll be visiting there a lot more often in future. I’m already a fan.


Robin Sherwood is an American actress presently starring in Warner Bros’ ‘Electric Boogaloo’. Everyone remembers her critically-acclaimed performance as Carole Kersey (playing opposite Charles Bronson, as his daughter) in Cannon Films’ box office hit ‘Death Wish II’. New York-based, Robin is expanding her repertoire. She wants to act in both Broadway and Off-Broadway.

 

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