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Violet Crown Cinema

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Address: 434 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3898
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A gem in Austin

Since a few years of Austin growth, density has gone up and quality in Austin has down, also the typical and highly coveted Austin life-style has died out. Violet Crown maintains... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2014
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Austin, Texas
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2014

Since a few years of Austin growth, density has gone up and quality in Austin has down, also the typical and highly coveted Austin life-style has died out. Violet Crown maintains Austin as it was known for, but at a higher quality. It display the good movies, the artsy ones, hence you get a liberal and brainy crowd, hanging out... More 

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Texas
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140 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Tiny little theatre with overpriced tickets,drinks, and concessions. Chairs in the theatre itself were uncomfortable, and the theatre was a small concrete box in which you can hear EVERYTHING that everyone else is doing/saying. Just go to a regular movie theatre and save yourself the headache and the cash.

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Thank James W
Austin, Texas
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136 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2014

The problem with this place is that you'll never want to attend any other cinema again! Reservations are easy online, your seat is reserved, and there's time to stop off afterwards for a bite nearby before your parking expires. Your ticket is validated at the cashier as you pick up tickets. The little bar up front offers goodies to take... More 

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Austin, Texas
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2014

I too made the mistake of wandering in for my first movie here, only to learn that all seats were pre-ordered online in advance. Wah! This is because the theaters are so small and intimate. I was still intrigued so learned to order on their website beforehand. Now it's my favorite theater to meet friends, have a good time, some... More 

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Austin, Texas
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321 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2014

A friend and I came to watch a movie at 6:30, and had not purchased tickets online beforehand…our mistake…only one seat left. Ok, so we sat in the VC lobby trying to decide what do to…then the lady who was working the ticket counter came over and said someone had turned in their ticket so there were two seats left... More 

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Austin, Texas
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90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Violet Crown Cinema plays "art movies" in a classy, modern setting in a popular downtown Austin street scene. Reserved seating and free parking in the building make it easy to have an outstanding "urban experience." It's nice to enjoy wine, food and snacks before or after the movie, in the theater lobby/cafe as well.

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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2014

I like art films and here you have a nice combination of food - real food, not preservative ridden pre packaged high salt snacks. No, real food such as salads and sandwiches and even cake balls. Convenient parking in a place where there usually isnt any. Comfortable seating too. Sometimes their movie choices are really odd even for art cinema.... More 

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Austin,Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Nice lounge area to order something to eat prior to the film. Small theaters with very comfortable seats. The one I was in held maybe 80 people. Unlike the Alamo Draft House this place doesn't make the staff collect the tabs as the movie is ending. You pay first so there are no interruptions. Crowds at this place seem to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love to come here by myself and take in a movie on hot summer days. it is lovely and the popcorn is the best.

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Thank Ginny B
Austin, Texas
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484 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Nice bar and restaurant seating area in the lobby with expansive choice of beer, wine, mixed drinks and broad food menu. All food and drinks can also be taken into the movie. All movie seating is reserved and includes full loungers (front row) as well as upscale, oversize theatre seating. Each screening room is relatively small so there is not... More 

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