Alamo Drafthouse Cinema remains the coolest theater chain in the country. It was announced this week that locations in 27 cities across America will not open until mid-afternoon on November 6 (Election Day) to encourage its customers and employees to vote in the midterms.
The founder of Alamo Drafthouse, Tim League, released the statement you see below…
“My mom instilled in me at a young age the importance of voting in every election, and I try to pay that forward with the staff at Alamo. So, we’re closing our locations for the first round of shows and offering to pick up the tab on any staff member’s rideshare to a polling place.”
That’s pretty freaking cool. It’s interesting because most of their locations are in Texas (where they started) and Texas is in the middle of an intense Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. They are seeing record turnout in early voting.
Honestly, more companies should do this. I mean, maybe if we treated Election Day like a holiday, more people would participate. Give people the day off, let them vote, campaign, spend time with their family and then watch the results.