Remember the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema slated to open way out in Ashburn? It eventually may get some local company.
The group of investors behind the Ashburn theater, operating under the name Cojeaux Cinemas, plans to open two more Alamos in the D.C. area in the next five years. “We bought franchise rights for the entire D.C. metropolitan area,” says Anthony Coco, Cojeaux Cinema’s president.
Nevertheless, don’t expect to see an Alamo in D.C. too soon. While Joseph Edwards, Cojeaux’s executive vice president, says the Ashburn location is slated to open early next year, the newly formed company is still on the lookout for the 30,000 square feet of property needed to open a six- to eight-screen theater in the city. “The space is there somewhere—-and we will find it,” Coco says.
Asked asked if he’s looking to buy an existing theater—-say, for example, the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse—-or hoping to build a location from the ground up, Coco didn’t let loose any plans. “We’re looking at every possible option available to get into the D.C. market,” he says. “Our biggest goal right now is to get Alamo Drafthouse in D.C. proper. We’ll do what we gotta do to do it.”
At the mention of the Alamo’s competition, though, Coco was quick to stake out his theater’s territory. “We’re entirely different than what Arlington Drafthouse is,” he says. “We do first-run. We do full-service. We’ll have 35 craft beers, local D.C. beers. I’ve been to the Arlington Drafthouse—-we’re much different.”