Woodbridge Alamo Drafthouse opens June 14

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Menus and order cards are provided to customers who can order food from their seats at The Austin, Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse. A new location is opening in Woodbridge. (Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse)

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Alamo Drafthouse employees deliver food directly to customer seats as they watch films. The Austin, Texas-based theater chain is opening a new location in Woodbridge, Virginia. (Courtesy/Alamo Drafthouse)

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Customers use order cards at The Austin, Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse to order food and drink to their seats.. (Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse)

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The Austin-based chain will have a dedicated “Charity on Tap” handle, with a portion of sales of that craft beer going to local charities. (Courtesy/Alamo Drafthouse)

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Customers at The Austin, Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse can watch films and get food and drink delivered directly to their seats. A new location is opening in Woodbridge. (Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse)

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The Austin, Texas-based theater chain is opening a new large format auditorium, called “The Big Show,” at its new location in Woodbridge, Virginia. (courtesy/Alamo Drafthouse)

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WASHINGTON — The Alamo Drafthouse will open its second D.C.-area location June 14 in Woodbridge, Virginia, and plans to open several more in the future.

The Austin, Texas-based movie theater chain features in-theater food and beverage service. It opened its first D.C.-area location in Ashburn, Virginia, five years ago.

The Woodbridge location will be Alamo’s first with a new large-format auditorium.

The chain currently has 33 locations nationwide and will next year open two more in Northern Virginia — one in Arlington and one in Crystal City. Another District location will open at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in 2020.

The Woodbridge location, at Potomac Town Place, includes eight screens and more than 900 seats.

Like its name implies, there is plenty of beer on tap, many from regional brewers, as well as a casual dining menu.

The lobby bar at the Woodbridge Alamo is what it calls a “ghost-fleet themed” bar, an homage to the ship graveyard at Mallows Bay. Its home to the largest collection of sunken vessels in the Western Hemisphere.

The theaters will have 100 percent reserved seating and oversized recliners.

The large format auditorium at Woodbridge, called “The Big Show,” includes a 66-foot curved screen and three-dimensional Dolby Atmos audio.

Among beers on tap will be a dedicated “Charity on Tap” handle, with a portion of sales of that craft beer going to local charities. Its first beer is Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Co. and its Optimal Wit, with $1 from each pour donated to its first charity partner, The Fisher House at Fort Belvoir.

Port City Brewing will also donate 50 cents per point to the foundation, which has a series of homes where military and veteran families can stay for free while a loved one is in the hospital.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.


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