Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse franchise owners Derek Dodd and Craig Paschich envision setting up 10 of their full-service cinemas in Arizona over the next 10 years.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open the doors of a luxury dine-in movie theater in Tempe on May 24.

The-state-of-the-art theater, located at 1140 E. Baseline Road, at Rural Road, is the chain’s second in the East Valley.

The 750-seat theater features seven individual screen rooms and will offer full-service in-theater dining and a full bar with over 30 different craft beers on tap.

Franchise partner Craig Paschich, who moved to Arizona to build the original theater in Chandler, said people have flocked to all 33 Alamo locations around the United States because they’re excited about the opportunity for a full food and drink menu with ultra-comfortable chairs while enjoying a film.

“After the success and popularity of our Chandler location, we are thrilled to continue our expansion in the East Valley,” he said. “We will be the first dine-in theater in Tempe and the first theater to offer different seating options for our guests – whether it be oversized luxury rockers or luxury recliners – at no additional cost.”

Paschich and partner Derek Dodd said they hope to keep expanding, with a goal of 10 theaters in Arizona in the next 10 years.

They added that Tempe was a perfect fit for their second location.

“The Chandler theater is very suburban, and I love that because I live in Chandler, but Tempe has a demographic difference. It’s close to downtown, close to ASU, and it’s just a larger market, and we’re so excited about that,” Dodd said.

Alamo will host themed movie nights, such as an “Airplane” night, when viewers get props and the chance to quote their favorite lines.

Screen rooms will also be available to rent for private parties and events, but Dodd said the focus is for people to have the best possible moviegoing experience offered in the area.

“There’s a lot of different chains that do cinema eateries, or movies, beer and food, but we try to make the movie most important thing that we do. We still try to have the food and drinks be awesome, but we’re really making it about the movie experience,” he said.

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