Movie Tavern plans to open its Baton Rouge theater on Aug. 16.

The business announced the opening date on its Facebook page. The former United Artists Theater in Citiplace is undergoing an extensive renovation to convert it into a Movie Tavern, converting a space that had been occupied by one of the theater’s screens into a kitchen, installing new projectors and removing seats to make room for luxury reclining seats, folding tables and wide aisles.

Once the work is completed, the theater will have 10 screens.

Movie Tavern specializes in showing first-run movies and selling casual fare such as hamburgers, homemade pizzas and chicken wings, along with beer, wine and mixed drinks. Customers are able to order food and drinks from their seats by pressing a button and servers discreetly drop off their dishes and beverages.

The chain is owned by New Orleans-based Southern Theaters. There’s already an 8-screen Movie Tavern in Covington and later this year, an 11-screen theater is set to open in the Juban Crossing mixed-use development near Denham Springs.

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