As you may have heard, the redevelopment plan for Lamar Plaza was made official yesterday on September 17. The Highball will be temporarily closing on November 17th and moving next door to the Alamo Drafthouse to re-open in the late summer of 2013. While we are sad to miss out on so many good times while we’re under renovation, we look forward to hosting even bigger and better parties and events in 2013. We’ll still have a fantastic bar, ballroom and our themed private karaoke rooms, but unfortunately the real estate for our bowling lanes makes it too costly to keep them.
We hope you’ll come by and visit our original space before we close so we can reminisce as well as dream about all of the fun ahead. And you better start preparing now for our epic closing night party!
Here’s the official press release:
Alamo Drafthouse is pleased to announce plans for the re-development of Alamo South Lamar and The Highball in the South Lamar Plaza Shopping Center. The Highball will close for the re-development on November 17th and Alamo South Lamar will follow on January 3rd, 2013. Both locations are slated to re-open in the third quarter of 2013.
“As much as I love the current shopping center, the redevelopment of South Lamar Plaza will enable us to execute much-needed lobby renovations and increase the parking capacity for the complex. I am very excited about the design of the new space and I feel that after a brief closure we will re-open with the best Alamo Drafthouse yet.” Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Founder and CEO.
The Alamo South Lamar will undergo extensive renovations including the construction of three additional screens, a new lobby with additional capacity, and greatly increased parking capacity. The new Alamo South Lamar will continue to support both 4k digital as well as 35mm archival screenings.
The Highball will re-open in the third quarter of 2013 and will be rebuilt adjacent to the new Alamo South Lamar location. The new Highball will still feature multiple private karaoke rooms, a stage for events and live performances and a menu featuring beer, wine and specialty cocktails from Beverage Director Bill Norris. The new incarnation of the Highball, however, will not feature vintage bowling, but will include ample open-air seating.