- Mary Ross, Texas News Today

The theater will take over what was previously occupied by the Magnolia Theater in Uptown West Village.

Dallas — Next year, a new cinema is coming uptown in Dallas.

The Austin-based Violet Crown will take over and refurbish the West Village spot previously occupied by the Magnolia Theater next spring, according to a Thursday news release from a luxury cinema chain. The Magnolia Theater was closed during the pandemic.

The Dallas Theater will be the fourth location on the Violet Crown, but it is not a new location for its founder, Bilbanovsky. He also founded Magnolia Pictures, the owner of the Magnolia Theater 20 years ago. Violet Crown opened its first theater in downtown Austin in 2011 and has since expanded to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I built the first cinema in this place 20 years ago. It was a great place for cinemas at the time, but today it’s amazing, especially for the concept of luxury cinemas like Violet. Crown. I’m excited about this opportunity and the plans for this movie. “

What is a Violet Crown? Consider the Alamo Drafthouse. But it’s a little more art house. The theater chain shows a repertoire of popular art and old films, as well as mainstream Hollywood films. For example, the four-screen Austin location is currently showing Kenneth Branagh’s drama “Belfast,” about Irish troubles. “Spencer” in which Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana. “Last Night in Soho”, a horror movie by Edgar Wright. “French Dispatch”, Wes Anderson’s latest work. “Dunes”; And a one-day silent film music festival.

Like Austin, the Dallas location will partner with local film organizations to host film events and screenings.

The Dallas Film Artistic Director and James Faust of the Dallas International Film Festival said in a news release: “I’m a big fan of their films in Austin and there’s no doubt they bring the same energy to Dallas.”

Also, like the Draft House, Violet Crown offers a full menu of concessions and food, using seasonal locally sourced ingredients. There is also a full cocktail bar with draft beer, wine, cider and specialty cocktails. Movie fans can buy food and drinks before the movie, bring them to the theater with them, and place them in a retractable foldable tray.

Free parking is available in the garage on 3699 McKinney Avenue next to the theater.