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Alamo Drafthouse took the "devastating step" of moving employees from furloughs to layoffs, a company spokesperson said in a statement shared with Austonia.


"As we've looked at the road ahead, it's becomes increasingly clear that many positions at Alamo Drafthouse would need to be eliminated, changed, or refocused. This is a devastating step to take. It would be impossible to quantify what these Alamo Drafthouse team members have collectively contributed, and we hope that once things have stabilized, we'll be able to bring many of them back," the statement reads.

While the Austin-based movie theater chain declined to confirm the number of jobs impacted, both Austin Chronicle and IndieWire reported more than 80 positions were eliminated.

There are seven Alamo locations in the Austin area.

Former employees from around the country took to social media to share the news.

The Drafthouse closed most of its 41 locations on March 16 because of the pandemic.

Founder Tim League stepped down as CEO on April 30; his replacement is former Disney and Starbucks executive Shelli Taylor.

League, who remains executive chairman, announced June 24 that select locations would reopen in July, but no date was set. Since then, Austin's COVID-19 crisis has worsened, a trend that is mirrored in cities and states across the country.

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The petition, if validated and approved by voters this November, would have reinstated a city ban on public camping.

The group behind a petition to put a citywide public-camping ban on the November ballot in Austin said Thursday that they were "engaging a highly respected local Democratic litigator" in their efforts to fight a city ruling earlier in the week that their petition did not enough valid signatures.

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Austin physicians and staff lined the halls of Ascension Seton Medical Center to celebrate the recovery and release of a COVID-19 patient in a "Code Sunshine" video posted this week on the hospital's Facebook page, bringing light to a tough time when hospitals are overrun with COVID-19 cases.

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HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are bringing back "Fixer Upper" but on their new network soon to launch.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual "State of the City" address Wednesday—virtually.

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No public camping referendum on November ballot for Austin, city rules.


A petition to reinstate Austin's ban on public camping—abolished a year ago in a widely-debated move by Austin City Council to address homelessness—does not have enough signatures to make it on the November ballot, Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall ruled Wednesday.

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