Six Franchised Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Locations Close; File for Relief Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

 

After more than 13 years of operation, Two is One, One is None, LLC announced today that the six franchised Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas operated by it and its affiliates have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed the five Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in North Texas including the locations in Richardson, Las Colinas, Lake Highlands, Dallas, and Denton, and a location in Woodbury, Minnesota.

The Cinemas have provided guests a unique movie-going experience with restaurant in-theater servers and themed parties, menu items, and merchandise corresponding with movies, as well as offering holiday and other special movies.

Two is One, One is None and its affiliates attribute the decision to seek bankruptcy protection and close the Cinemas to various factors:

  • Industry-wide guest counts have not rebounded even to pre-COVID levels and coupled with the 100-plus days of the Writers’ and Actors’ strikes, industry-wide economic performance was severely down in the fourth quarter of 2023 and in the first quarter of 2024. In fact, the first quarter of 2024 has been the worst performing quarter in movie-going history.
  • As a franchisee, we paid franchise fees not required of other competitors; payment of these fees to our franchisor in a prolonged environment of significantly decreased revenues were not sustainable. Franchise Fees alone were nearly 10.0% of our sales ($3.7 million) in 2023.
  • Due to contractual obligations, we were forced to keep even the most unprofitable locations open to the detriment of our overall businesses.
  • To offset operating losses and try to survive, our owners infused more than $3.5 million dollars in new capital, into payroll and operations in 2023 and year-to-date 2024, while we attempted to reduce costs, including repeatedly seeking relief from our franchisor to reduce the non-competitive fee structure and to permit closure of the most non-profitable locations, neither of which were obtained.

We are deeply saddened to find it necessary to take this step. We are grateful to all our employees who put in the work, day in and day out to produce a special movie-going experience and to our many loyal customers for whom it was a pleasure to provide such a special experience.

An attempt was made to contact all 600-plus employees prior to this press release and the closing of all theaters. We wish all employees well and much future success in their new endeavors. References will gladly be provided.

We suggest Season Pass and Victory Members and those guests with gift cards contact Alamo Drafthouse in Austin at http://Drafthouse.com. Additional contact email addresses as follows:

  • Season Pass: [email protected]
  • Victory Program: [email protected]
  • Gift Card Customer Service: https://drafthouse.cashstar.com/self_service/v2/about/customer_support/contact?locale=en-us

 

ADDED June 6th @ 10:55AM – Statement from Alamo Drafthouse Home Office:

“We are very disappointed to learn today that our franchisee, which operates five locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX and one in Woodbury, MN has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is closing their business effective immediately. We are heartbroken for the franchisee’s teammates and the local film communities, however, we are working as quickly as possible to get Alamo Drafthouse Cinema back up and running in these cities. All other Alamo Drafthouse locations are operating as normal, with continued expansion plans across the country.” – Alamo Drafthouse spokesperson

 

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