Alamo Drafthouse debuts 'The Big Show' premium format

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Alamo Drafthouse announced that their 34th location, set to open in Woodbridge, VA this June, will be the first of five markets to feature the company's new Premium Large Format standard, “The Big Show.” The 100% recliner, 256-seat theater will feature a Barco DP4K-45L Laser projection system optimized for very large screens, immersive Dolby Atmos audio technology using 54 speakers, and an auditorium layout boasting excellent sightlines.

The first screenings begin on June 9, with discounted food and beverage. Tickets are on sale now at for the first screenings at the Woodbridge location, including The Big Show.

Big Show auditoriums will all have an “over the (big) top” look, harking back to “the greatest show on Earth” with circus and haunted house-style posters. Alamo Drafthouse Woodbridge's The Big Show theatre is punctuated by a "monster mouth" doorway designed by Austin-based design and fabrication studio Blue Genie Art Industries.

"We're so excited to invite our new friends in Woodbridge to step through the monster mouth and have their minds blown by this incredible cinematic experience," says Alamo Drafthouse DC Area co-owner Anthony Coco. "We're proud to be the first Alamo to offer The Big Show. What better way to experience a larger-than-life movie like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?"

"At Alamo Drafthouse we present movies with state-of-the-art image and sound with the primary goal of showing the movie exactly the way the director intended," says Mark Louis, director of presentation for Alamo Drafthouse. "With The Big Show, we add an enormous screen and an even more immersive sound system, giving our guests the opportunity to escape to the movies like never before."

In the next year at least four Alamo Drafthouse markets will feature The Big Show, including locations in Denton, TX (also set to open this June); Frisco, TX; Woodbury, MN, and St. Louis, MO.