Austin is famously known as the Live Music Capital of the World, but many visitors are also learning about our vibrant film scene. In addition to festivals such as the Austin Film Festival and South by Southwest Film, movie fanatics can get the opportunity to view the independent and international films that are rarely seen in other theaters at our local Violet Crown Cinema. It's centrally located in downtown Austin near numerous hotels and dining and entertainment options, which makes it one of my favorite spots for a girls night out when my friends come to visit from out of town.

Violet Crown Cinema
Courtesy of Violet Crown Cinema.

The theater is small and luxurious and captures the vibe of downtown Austin with a perfect mix of classy and hip decor, style and amenities. The cafe features beautiful and decadent snacks that put all other movie theaters to shame. Trade in the fried mozzarella sticks from other theaters for pork tapas or my favorite, the margherita pizza. The theater also has a lavish lounge area that offers a full bar with specialty cocktails.

I suggest planning a nice dinner at one of Austin's premier downtown restaurants near the 2nd Street District then having drinks in the Violet Crown lounge before a movie in the extra comfy cinema seats. One of the most unique features of the theater is that there is reserved seating, so be sure to purchase tickets and pick out seats online ahead of time to guarantee seats. The Violet Crown is the perfect spot for an intimately upscale film experience, and it is sure to impress both foodies and film fanatics alike!