New plans revealed for Kzoo’s former Alamo Drafthouse

AMC Theater
The former home of Alamo Drafthouse on Portage Street in Kalamazoo is expected to be transformed into an AMC Theater.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — After months of speculation, there’s now proof AMC Theatres is moving into the downtown Kalamazoo building once occupied by the Alamo Drafthouse.

24 Hour News 8 Thursday morning found what appeared to be blueprints posted for the construction crew that were labeled “AMC Kalamazoo 10.”

What appears to be blueprints details plans for the site of the former Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo. (Aug. 10, 2017

AMC Theatres confirmed Thursday afternoon that renovations at 180 Portage Street started this week. Kalamazoo building official Bob McNutt said the permit to remodel the closed theater was issued Aug. 1.

AMC Theatres plans to update the box office, remodel restrooms and install new carpet. The company also plans to install recliner seating, the latest in audio and visual equipment, and offer an expanded menu beyond traditional movie snacks.

AMC Theatres says it’s also considering adding a bar so adults can enjoy an alcoholic drink with their movie.

AMC Theatres already operates theaters in Walker, Holland and Big Rapids.  The new theater is expected to open in late fall.

The Alamo Drafthouse closed in spring, after about 3.5 years in business. It was one of only a few West Michigan movie theaters that sell alcohol.