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As doubts rose about Alamo Drafthouse's ability to reopen its downtown Kansas City theater, Cordish Cos. started contacting prospective tenants. One of those was Liberty-based B&B Theatres, which operates nearly 50 theaters in nine states.

"We hope we can make a deal," Brock Bagby, executive vice president in charge of programming, real estate development and acquisitions for B&B Theatres, told the Kansas City Business Journal.

Earlier this week, Alamo Drafthouse announced it won't be reopening its six-screen theater at 1400 Main St., which it had operated since 2012. The Austin-based theater chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a plan to sell to a group that includes Altamont Capital Partners, affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC, founder Tim League and other initial investors. Theater-wise, Alamo Drafthouse is roughly the same size as B&B, with 41 theaters prior to the bankruptcy filing.

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