The closing of Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo leaves space for some new entertainment ideas downtown. Here's what we'd like to see.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Bobby Guy/TSM, Christa Brunt/ThinkStock, Great Wolf Lodge via YouTube

The sudden announcement of the closing of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has many fondly looking back at what we will miss. Let's look ahead and speculate on what's next for the corner of Portage and South streets in downtown Kalamazoo. Here are 5 entertainment venues we'd like to see.

  • Photo: Bobby Guy

    Dave & Buster's

    Like a Chuckie Cheese for grown-ups, Dave & Buster's has 3 Michigan locations, but I'd spend more tokens if it were downtown Kalamazoo instead of 28th Street in Grand Rapids.

  • 2

    An Indoor Playground for the Kids

    There are some fun franchises like Cool Beans and The Big Backyard that provide fun, active areas for the kids to expend some energy.

  • Christa Brunt, ThinkStock

    Indoor Mini Golf

    I'm not talking about an indoor driving range or the lame Holidome recreation of the 70s; why not a full-size indoor miniature golf course? You could add some incredible obstacles and play year round, day or night.

  • Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images


    Legoland opened in the Detroit area in March of 2016. It's time we had one on the West side of the state for kids of all ages to enjoy.

  • 5

    Indoor Water Park

    Is this space big enough for an indoor water park like Great Wolf Lodge?