By Daniel Katzive
Remember the Alamo?
News last year that the historic Metro Theater on West 100th Street and Broadway would be reopened as an upscale Alamo Drafthouse dine-in movie theater was greeted with celebration in the community. “God, please let this happen. Seriously, it’s a wonderful day,” said one member of Community Board 7, as reported in WSR at the time.
A group calling itself Friends of Metro Theater, which came together in 2021 as part of an effort to preserve the historic facility, was particularly elated. “Our hard work is paying off,” wrote group member Liza Cooper in a post on the group’s website in response to the news. The group is planning an event tonight to mark the 90th anniversary of the theater, but the celebratory mood might be tempered somewhat by continuing uncertainty over the timeline for reopening, particularly given a false start 10 years ago when an earlier Alamo plan for the site was abruptly canceled.
An application for a two-year liquor license for the Alamo Drafthouse received a favorable recommendation from Community Board 7 back in September 2022. Since then, the Friends group has not heard anything further on plans for reopening, according to Claudia Ford, one of the group’s leaders. “The neighborhood is wondering…,” she wrote in an email to WSR.
The new proprietors, Mikey Trafton and Tim League, did not respond to an email from WSR seeking an update. But a check of the State Liquor Authority’s (SLA) website shows their application for a liquor license at the location is still pending. The SLA issued a notice of deficiency letter on the application just last week.
The SLA’s letter dated June 12 calls on the applicants to provide various details and additional information, including a signed statement of lease commencement date and information on source of funding. The applicants have until July 6 to respond to the questions, which do not appear to be particularly substantive.
Meanwhile, tonight’s celebration is set to go ahead despite a possibility of foul weather, confirmed in a post on the Friends of Metro Theater Facebook page this morning. The group will gather under the theater’s historic marquee on Broadway between 99th and 100th Streets from 7 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.