Here’s what you’ll want to know about the new Sundance Cinemas taking the place of the shuttered Angelika Film Center in Bayou Place downtown: First, you’ll still get 3 hours of free parking underground. Seating is by single-seat reservation only, but you’ll be able to pick your preferred movie-watching spot (and print out your tickets) from the comfort of your own computer if you want to avoid lines. Adult tix for evening shows are $10.50 ($3 less for matinees), but there’s a tacked-on “amenity fee” that varies from nothing to $3 depending on the time of day and day of the week of your showing. What amenities will you be receiving in return for that little upcharge? Well, there’s the parking, the seat-reservation system, and the facility’s cost of maintaining “as green a facility as possible.” Plus, the 8-screen theater promises no TV-style advertisements before movies start.
And how’s the place looking so far?
The revamped space isn’t complete yet — the theater won’t open officially until November 23rd — but already you can see the influence of that rough-hewn Sundance ski resort look (forged from local cypress and oak). Food and drinks will be available from the Sundance Bar in the lobby, and you’ll be able to carry your champagne bottle and glassware or glistening popcorn into the theater with you. Also inside: a mini art gallery featuring the work of local artists, as well as “living rooms” displaying items from the Sundance Catalog.
More pix here.
- Sundance nears its Houston premiere [Houston Chronicle]
- First look video: Inside the new Sundance Cinemas, everything’s “green” and luxurious [Culturemap]
- Previously on Swamplot: It’s Official: Robert Redford, Sundance Cinema Taking Over the Angelika, Holding Your Seat, Report: Sundance Cinemas Replacing Angelika Film Center at Bayou Place; Bar Smorgasbord Moving in Upstairs
Photos: Candace Garcia