Rumors of the Austin-based-and-cineaste-beloved Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema moving into the North Texas area have come and gone and gone for years (here’s Unfair Park from three and a half years ago). There even was that chance they’d take over the old Casa Linda Theatre (alas, not to be).
Now it looks like the ‘burbs may be getting a big ol’ sudsy one. Specifically, the southwest corner of Central Expressway and Belt Line Road. The City of Richardson’s planning commission has on its agenda for tomorrow a request for re-zoning 16.85 acres “to accommodate a movie theater at the Richardson Heights Shopping Center,” said 16.85 acres having been a Pep Boys store.
There is nothing in the city’s “agenda packet” or the staff reports that expressly declares the aforementioned movie theater will be an Alamo Drafthouse — until we get to the site plan (above), and then wham, there’s the name and logo on what looks to be 35,000 square feet of movie-lovers’ heaven. The Drafthouse company is not doing the re-zoning requests themselves, so I’ve put a couple calls in to the real estate partners whose names are on the request, just to ask, you know, were they sticking any ol’ logo on their rough-draft blueprints here just as a kind of place marker or is this the really-real deal?
No calls back yet. But the hearing is tomorrow; perhaps they’re busy.