Tim League returns as Alamo Drafthouse CEO

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
June 1st, 2010

I don't know a movie lover that doesn't get it up for the Alamo Drafthouse. Being an Austin resident has many perks, but most pale in comparison to the fact that at least one location of the beloved cinema chain is merely a bike ride away from my current digs.

Sure there are Alamo Drafthouses all over Texas, and even one in Virginia, but if you've never been to a Drafthouse in Austin, you're missing out. See back in 2004, Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League sold the Alamo Drafthouse brand, intellectual property, and rights to franchise operations.  The pair retained ownership of the three Austin locations and continued to offer an amazing menu and excellent programming and special events. 

I've never set foot into a non-League owned/operated Alamo Drafthouse, but I've heard word that it's not the same.  So that's why we were pleased to hear that effective immediately, Tim League is returning as CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema brand.  He will replace former Alamo Drafthouse CEO John Martin, as he transitions to the role of area developer, continuing the expansion of the concept outside of Texas.

In his new role, League hopes to give more national play to programming events, such as the fantasy, horror and genre-driven film festival, Fantastic Fest. "There is the possibility of expanding programming opportunities and leveraging those events in new markets," he says.

"The Alamo Drafthouse has a unique operating strategy different from other exhibitors in the market today," League says.  "We have a direct relationship with our audiences and demand technical excellence on all levels. I envision the Alamo Drafthouse making a significant change in what it means to go the movies."

Source: Austin American-Statesman and Press Release

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