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Alamo Drafthouse theater picks Tempe for second Arizona location

An artist's rendering of the new Alamo Drafthouse theater in Tempe. (Alamo Drafthouse Photo)

PHOENIX — Just months after opening a location in Chandler, Alamo Drafthouse announced Thursday that it plans to open a second Arizona location in Tempe.

“We’re thrilled to officially call Tempe home to our second Arizona location,” Alamo Drafthouse’s Arizona owner Craig Paschich said in a press release. “Alamo is going to be a big, welcome change for the area, and we can’t wait to be a part it all.”

The new seven-screen theater that will also have a bar and restaurant is expected to open near Baseline and Rural roads early next year.

Austin, Texas-based Alamo theaters show a mix of first-run films, classic movies and independent features. Guests are able to order food and drinks from the restaurant or bar during the movie.

The theater would be located in a mixed-used development that revamped a large plaza once occupied by discount stores and empty storefronts.

“People want a place they can come to and get it all done with a single stop, and The Collective offers plenty of day and evening options for guests without them having to travel across the city,” David Sellers, president and CEO of LGE Design Build, said in the release.

Alamo’s first Arizona location opened in December in Chandler near Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights Road despite several development delays.

The theater chain recently made national headlines when it offered women-only screenings of the film “Wonder Woman.”