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How to Open an Alamo Drafthouse Franchise

We are looking for franchisees who are experienced with the hospitality business, who understand and love what Alamo Drafthouse stands for, and who want to bring our brand of excellent food, service, film presentation and original programming to their region, and have:

  • Resources to develop one or more Alamo Drafthouse Cinema venues
  • Excellent knowledge of trade area and the local real estate market that fits the profile for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  • $10M in net worth (total for the entire group if multiple partners)
  • At least $3M in liquidity (cash, stocks, bonds)
The following steps outline the franchise development and approval process:
1. Franchise Inquiry
Get started by completing the online franchise inquiry form and our development team will review your submission details and contact you.
2. Pre-qualification
After initial discussions and review of your inquiry, you may receive the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) which will help you further evaluate the franchise opportunity.
3. Site Selection & Application
We will review your proposed site’s demographics and specific characteristics of the market. If you don’t have a site selected, we will discuss options with you. Once a proposed site has been selected, you will need to complete and submit a franchise application.
4. Franchise Agreement
Following the approval process, a franchise agreement is executed and you officially become an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema franchisee and can begin the development of your venue.
5. Construction and Renovation
Our architecture and design team provides prototypical building plans for new construction and design guidance on building renovations. They will work with you and your architect to modify plans for your site and local marketensure the facilities meet the design standards of Alamo Drafthouse. The team is available to consult with you during the entire design and construction delivery process.
6. Training
An extensive new venue training program is available for you and your venue leadership team. It consists of in-person, online, hands-on, and follow-up certifications so that all team members are ready to give guests a great experience.
7. Open & Operating
The mission of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is to ensure every guest has an AWESOME experience and is EXCITED to come back. Supporting you in delivering the mission is our top priority. After opening, the Franchise Operations Support team will be your primary point of contact and will work with your operations team to achieve your business goals.


Building an Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has a track record of success across different location types, including city centers and suburban markets. Our theaters are all unique, meaning the design can be adapted to best fit your site and market.

Alamo Prototype

The new build prototype is a great opportunity to develop the brand with tested designs that deliver a great consumer experience and promote operational efficiency. The prototype design is adaptable to fit different site and market specifications to reflect the needs of the local community.



GROSS BUILDING AREA40,000–45,000 sq. ft.
SEATS800–1,000 seats
SITE*1 acre land required


PARKING STALLS1 per 2.5 seats
SITE4 – 5 acres land required for surface parking

*parking may be shared with larger master development plan.

Own your Own

Learn more about franchise opportunities with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Westminster, Colorado Alamo building exterior

Real Estate

Seeking Real Estate

Alamo Drafthouse is expanding across the country, and we’re looking for perfect places to open new theaters. Do you have an available site that would be ideal for an Alamo Drafthouse location? Generally speaking, we are seeking sites that meet the following criteria:

  • Located 3+ miles driving distance from the nearest first-run movie theater
  • 40,000+ leasable square feet
  • Capacity for 10+ screens
  • If you are a broker or an owner of a site that meets these specifications, get started today.