Alamo Drafthouse appoints Ken Brendemihl as COO
Ken Brendemihl has been named chief operating officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the specialty movie theater chain that popularized the cinematic restaurant experience.
In his new role, Brendemihl will oversee the team expansion and infrastructure necessary to achieve the company’s goal of doubling Alamo Drafthouse’s theatrical footprint across the country in the coming years. It will also support the 4,000 employees spread over the 38 sites already in operation.
“Ken brings years of experience fueled by a love of inspiring leaders to deliver unparalleled experiences,” said Shelli Taylor, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. “I am thrilled to work with Ken and learn from him as he leads our theater teams and our culture to new heights and paves the way for accelerated growth.”
Prior to joining Alamo Drafthouse, Brendemihl held leadership positions at Texas Roadhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, Bricktown Brewery and On the Border. Most recently, he served as senior vice president at Velvet Taco, a contemporary Mexican restaurant.
“The Alamo Drafthouse core values of ‘Doing the Right Thing’, ‘Foster Community’, ‘Boldly Go’ and ‘Give a Sh*t’ resonate perfectly with my leadership style,” said Brendemihl. “I’m excited to continue to build the culture within this iconic brand while scaling for growth.”
Alamo Drafthouse celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It’s been a quarter of a century since Tim and Karrie League opened a single-screen movie theater in downtown Austin on May 24, 1997. Since then, the company has expanded to 36 locations (and counting) across the country. , giving moviegoers a phone – free, snack-filled movie experience. To complement the showings, Alamo Drafthouse offers full-service menus with burgers, pizza, buffalo cauliflower, craft beer and cocktails at all of its locations.