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Violet Crown Cinema

1 June 2012 2,102 views 6 Comments

It’s getting hot in Austin, and when it gets hot, one of my favorite places to be is in a nice, cold, movie theatre. One of my favorites is the Violet Crown Cinema, on 2nd between San Antonio and Guadalupe.

All seats at Violet Crown are reserved, and can be purchased either online or at the theatre. Tickets are $13, and include a specific reserved seat that you choose yourself along with four hours of free parking at the garage located on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

When you arrive, bring your parking ticket to the box office counter and they will give you a parking token that you’ll use on the way out.

violet crown lobby

Violet Crown’s Bar & Cafe includes a full bar that includes a nice list of beers and wines by the glass. They also serve appetizers, pizzas and desserts that can be brought into the theatre as well. There are also happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. during the week with $3 drafts, $5 glasses of wine, and a $5 margarita.

violet crown bar + restaurant

The Snack Bar includes concessions you you expect to find in any movie theatre along with some additional locally made options. While there isn’t wait service in the theatres, each seat includes a fold up tray and guests are encouraged to bring in food and drink.

snack bar

The first time Adam and I went, we split a pint of Blue Bell ice cream — just like at home!

pint of blue bell

Specializing in independent, documentary, and international films, the audience at Violet Crown are older and more serious than the typical Alamo Drafthouse movie-goer. The food, while simple, is tasty, and their crisp pizzas are the perfect snack. I think this new competition will inspire the Alamo to kick up the quality of their food a notch.

cozy chair and pizza

Last week, I reserved a seat in the front row. While all the seats are really luxurious at the Violet Crown, the front row, with its ottomans to prop up your feet are the most fun, and make the front row feel like the best seat in the house, instead of the worst.

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  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    I have an uncanny memory when it comes to activities and dates. The last and first time I went to Violet Crown was July 4th last year. We watched Midnight in Paris. It was a lovely experience.

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  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    I have an uncanny memory when it comes to activities and dates. The last and first time I went to Violet Crown was July 4th last year. We watched Midnight in Paris. It was a lovely experience.

  • Anna

    We saw Moonrise Kingdom here a few weeks ago, and wow — what a theater.  The movie was cute, but I was more impressed that there was a theater with comfy seats, conscientious (quiet) patrons and good food.  I can't wait to go back. 

  • Anna

    We saw Moonrise Kingdom here a few weeks ago, and wow — what a theater.  The movie was cute, but I was more impressed that there was a theater with comfy seats, conscientious (quiet) patrons and good food.  I can't wait to go back. 

  • Anna

    We saw Moonrise Kingdom here a few weeks ago, and wow — what a theater.  The movie was cute, but I was more impressed that there was a theater with comfy seats, conscientious (quiet) patrons and good food.  I can't wait to go back.