Moviehouse & Eatery debuts theater at Southwest Austin development


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Additional Lantana Place tenants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Moviehouse & Eatery has one other location in Austin, at 8300 N. RM 620 in Northwest Austin.

As more and more people move to Southwest Austin, developers are in hot pursuit, bringing shops, restaurants and needed services to the area.

The latest example is Lantana Place, a new mixed-use development by Austin-based Stratus Properties at Southwest Parkway and West William Cannon Drive.

The $80 million Lantana Place project recently welcomed anchor tenant Moviehouse & Eatery, an Austin-based dine-in movie chain. The 10-screen theater opened in May.

Additional tenants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, Stratus said, joining Moviehouse & Eatery and a Marriott AC boutique hotel that’s in the works.

“The southwest part of Austin currently has limited entertainment, dining and shopping options despite a compelling number of rooftops and excellent demographics,” Stratus CEO Beau Armstrong said. “The neighbors have been waiting a long time for this and are very excited and supportive.”

Moviehouse & Eatery has one other location in Austin, at 8300 N. RM 620 in Northwest Austin, as well as several locations in the Dallas area.

“The MovieHouse team are very strong operators,” Armstrong said. “They really understand what their customers want and have built a beautiful theater in Lantana Place.”

Several more Moviehouse & Eatery locations are in various stages of development, Amy Dial, the chain’s director of marketing and events, said.

“We want to be the neighborhood theater,” Dial said. “People are excited. It’s nice to be around the corner from so many of them. We see the same faces once a week – or more – a lot of times.”

Some of those future locations, Dial said, could be in the Austin area.

“We’re always trying to find more spots,” she said.

The chain got its start six years ago.

“We are thrilled about opening our second Austin Moviehouse & Eatery,” vice president of operations Chance Robertson said. “When we opened our doors in 2012 we couldn’t have imagined how welcoming the community would be and we are excited to bring the Moviehouse experience to the south side of this great city.”

The new Lantana Place theater includes a variety of auditorium sizes, ranging from large ones with 126 seats to smaller ones with just 47 seats. All auditoriums feature reclining leather seats and screens that stretch from wall to wall.

Moviegoers can push a button on their seat to summon a waiter, allowing them to order food and drinks before and during each screening. There’s also a full bar in the lobby, where food service is available.

Dishes on the menu include pizzas, salads and wraps, bowls, burgers and tacos. A special brunch menu is available every day, from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends.

“Everything we serve is genuinely good stuff,” Dial said. “We feel like we’ve taken the dine-in theater concept and refined it. Service on demand is a really big thing for us.”

Early reviews from Lantana Place moviegoers have been positive, according to Dial.

“The little details are important ones,” she said. “People walk in and say, ‘Wow.’ They tell us it’s a stunning space.”



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