Sony Buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
FILE - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Sony Buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

June 12th, 2024

There is a big movie company called Sony Pictures Entertainment. They make movies like "Bad Boys" and "The Garfield Movie." Sony just bought a special movie theater group called Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema started in 1997 in Texas with just one screen. Now, they have 35 places to watch movies in North America. People like these movie theaters because they can eat and drink while they watch movies. The man who made Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tim League, is very happy to work with Sony. Sony thinks the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is good for their business. They have other fun things like a game show tour and a place called Wonderverse in Chicago. But, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema had some hard times too. In March 2021, they had to close some theaters and stop plans for new ones. Now, they are doing better and the man who helps run Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Michael Kusterman, will continue to work with Sony. Last year, some people who work at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in New York voted to form a union. A long time ago, movie companies were not allowed to own movie theaters because of a big rule from 1948. But that rule was taken away in 2020. Now, companies like Netflix and Walt Disney own some movie theaters. Even music stars like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé work with movie theaters to show their concerts. Sony is excited about owning Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and doing more fun things with movies.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What is the name of the big movie company that bought Alamo Drafthouse Cinema?
. What can people do at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema while they watch movies?
. What happened to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in March 2021?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

Sony Pictures Entertainment is a company in the United States that creates films. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a chain of movie theaters in the US where people can eat and watch films. The cinema and Sony are now working together. Sony is similar to other big companies who now also own theaters.

🧠 Further reading

Home cinema
A home cinema is like a small movie theater in your house. It has a big TV or a screen and speakers to make watching movies special. People like home cinemas because they can watch movies at home easily. In the old days, like the 1980s, people used big, heavy TVs and played movies with a VCR. Now, we have better sound and clearer pictures. We also use the internet to watch movies, not just DVDs or Blu-rays. Today, in a home cinema, you might see a very big TV or a screen with a projector. You also have a DVD or Blu-ray player for movies. The sound is really good with lots of speakers. Some people have just two speakers, but others have five or more to feel like they are in the movie. Home cinemas are fun because you can enjoy movies with family and friends at home.

List of largest video game mergers and acquisitions
Big companies often buy other companies. This happens in the video game world, too. The biggest buy was when Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard. This cost more money than any other video game company buy. There were 14 big buys from 2020 to 2023. Some big buys cost more than one billion dollars. Other buys cost more than one hundred million dollars. Some buys cost more than one million dollars. But sometimes, these big buys do not happen. This is a story about buying big video game companies.

Movie theater
A place where you go to watch movies is called different names like movie theater, cinema or movie house. People come here to have fun and watch films. They buy tickets to get in. Movies are shown on a big screen in a room called an auditorium. You hear the movie's sounds and music through speakers on the walls. Now, most places use digital machines to show movies. You can see many types of movies at the cinema. Some cinemas have just one screen and room, but other big ones have many screens. These big cinemas are called multiplexes. They have lots of chairs in a room that goes up like a hill. You can buy drinks and snacks like popcorn at the cinema. Sometimes, they have hot food too. Some places let adults buy drinks like beer or wine. People in different countries have their own words for a place where movies are shown. But no matter what it's called, people love going there to watch movies.