bar & museum
A 50,000-piece collection of rare movie advertising letterpress plates has spawned an incredible new bar and museum in the Financial District

The Press Room, a museum, letterpress print shop, bar, and event space located adjacent to Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan

Like the century-old wax figure exhibits delicately displayed throughout Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn’s House of Wax, The Press Room will display selections from a vast archive of over 50,000 letterpress film advertising plates spanning the 1930s through the 1980s. But this collection will also come to life – every Saturday and Sunday, The Press Room’s 1938 Vandercook letterpress will be inked and fired up to produce souvenir postcards drawn from the collection. The Press Room’s printing team also plans to host private events and classes for anyone wishing to learn the art of letterpress printing.

In addition to a tap wall of 48 (mostly) local draft beers and classic cocktails, The Press Room will feature a selection of fun and unique French Press cocktails designed by Alamo Drafthouse’s Bar Creative Manager Tacy Rowland. The Press Room will also feature a stage for live events as well as a large selection of board games available to play for free.

Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301
New York, NY 10005
media inquiries
Brandy Fons
(310) 809-8882

The Origin Story

Find out the story of how The Press Room archive went from a storage room in Omaha to the heart of NYC.

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made from the largest archive of vintage cinema letterpress printing plates
Prints and other creations from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s one-of-a-kind collection of these rare handmade blocks – over 60,000 original printing plates for films spanning the 1930s to the 1980s.
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