Movie theater news
UPDATE: The exact opening date is ... drumroll ... Friday, December 9. The opening lineup includes Tar, Empire of Light, and The Menu, and the highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water debuts on Friday, December 16.
A little over a year after it was first announced, Violet Crown Cinema will open its first Dallas theater in West Village in early December.
The theater is located in the former Magnolia Theater, which closed when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and never reopened. However, it is being headed by Bill Banowsky, who started both Magnolia Pictures and the Magnolia Theater.
The space has been completely renovated by Violet Crown, featuring digital cinema projection, state-of-the-art sound, and luxury reclining seating in all five auditoriums.
In addition to offering traditional cinema concessions, Violet Crown will also have a kitchen serving made-to-order food, and a bar with craft beer, wine, and cocktails, all of which can be enjoyed in-theater using trays at each seat.
“We’re delighted to bring film back to Uptown with a premiere cinema experience in the heart of Dallas,” said Banowsky in a statement. “I built my first movie theater at this location 20 years ago and am thrilled to be back here with our Violet Crown concept.”
The opening will be just time for big movies like Avatar: The Way of Water and Oscar-hopeful Babylon, and come soon after the openings of The Fabelmans, Strange World, and She Said, among others.
This will be the fourth location for Violet Crown, joining theaters in Austin, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
The theater is hosting a job fair for various positions on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am to 6 pm.