It’s happening fans of Alamo Drafthouse; the west El Paso theater is preparing to turn the projectors back on.

The El Paso Times reports Alamo Drafthouse has set an August 25 reopening date. The theater is timing its reopening with the anticipated release of a handful of new movies, beginning with Unhinged.

The psychological thriller about road rage, starring Russell Crowe, is scheduled to be the first new wide-release studio film since the beginning of the pandemic. Unhinged will hit theatres on August 21 followed by the Bill & Ted sequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music on August 26.

From the time COVID-19 stay at home orders forced it to go dark to the date it plans to allow movie-going fans in again, it will be a little over 5 months since it last showed first-run movies. Since Alamo has more than one screen, classic flicks will be in rotation too until studios release more new movies.


The theater’s menu at reopening will be reduced, with a focus on favorites "served in a way that minimizes exposure."

Safety Measures

Like everything else that has opened back up since its pandemic shutdown, it won’t be business as usual. Safety measures for moviegoers and employees will be in place. Face masks are required to be worn by everyone except when eating a drinking in auditoriums, for example. You can do a deep dive of their safety protocols HERE.

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