The man planting Alamo Drafthouses all over the area went to Dallas City Hall Friday to unveil his latest project — not just a new theater, but the signature trail head he and the property's owner hope to build next to the nine-screen, 875-seat multiplex planned at Skillman Street and Abrams Road. Renderings prepared for Friday morning's meeting of the city's Urban Design Peer Review panel reveal a proposed entrance to the White Rock Creek Trail off Abrams, which runs behind the scruffy shopping center where, Bill DiGaetano, chief operating officer for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW, plans to fill in the blanks. That paved path, marked by an enormous "gateway element," would replace what's currently an unwelcoming, unmarked and hard-to-find gravel-and-dirt path that runs behind the center and connects with the trail.
The Urban Design Peer Review panel, consisting of architects and engineers, was delighted by the addition of the Alamo to a shopping center once anchored and then abandoned by Tom Thumb, which was destined to an afterlife as a self-storage facility until the theater's announcement. Its vice chair, real estate developer Paris Rutherford, said the theater's arrival in Lake Highlands was "off-the-chart cool" and could help serve as a "catalyst for some of the residential stuff because you're bringing a hip vibe" to the area.
- Dallas Morning News, August 29, 2016