Update: Movie Tavern, featuring full-service dining, opens in Baton Rouge _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Work continued Tuesday at the former United Artists Citiplace Stadium 11, as it's transformed into a Movie Tavern, where movie-goers will be able to order food and alcoholic beverages from their oversized theater seats.

UPDATE: Movie Tavern is now open for business. The first movie showing is “Shaun the Sheep” at 11 a.m.

The movie theater is also showing “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and the Baton Rouge-shot “Fantastic Four.”

Check out the rest of today’s showtimes. Times will be updated throughout the week at movietavern.com/batonrouge.

Student, military, and senior discounts are available. Child and matinee tickets are $8. Weekday tickets are $10. Weekend tickets are $10.25.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Baton Rougeans have a new movie theater to visit.

Movie Tavern will open its first Baton Rouge location and second Louisiana location on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The new theater is in the former space of the United Artists Citiplace Stadium on Citiplace Drive.

Unlike other movie theaters, Movie Tavern offers full-service, in-theater dining with cocktails, appetizers and entrees. Menu items include “The Boondock Saints” nachos that feature Irish-style queso and bacon, and “The Big Lebowski,” a Keilbasa sausage served on cheesy potato gratin.

Check out the full menu.

The Baton Rouge location, to be called Movie Tavern Citiplace, will have 10 screens and recliners with call-button service.

College student discounts will be available. The theater will also run the weekly “Breakfast and Flick” family film series on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m.

The new location spans more that 45,000 square feet. Renovations on the building cost around $6 million. The move into the Baton Rouge market is part of Movie Tavern’s national expansion efforts. The company has now grown to 20 locations in nine states.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber president and CEO Adam Knapp welcomed Movie Tavern Citiplace in a press release.

“The citizens in our community are always up for an experience, and I’m sure Movie Tavern will be very well received,” Knapp said.

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