Baton Rouge's Citiplace Stadium 11 will undergo a major facelift beginning in January to convert it into a Movie Tavern, according to New Orleans-based Southern Theaters.
The state's second Movie Tavern location is scheduled to open in May. Southern Theaters is the parent company of Movie Tavern.
The Citiplace complex and a 6.8-acre site around it were sold for $8.2 million to National Retail Properties of Orlando, Florida.
Southern Theaters takes over the property in January. The construction work includes installing state-of-the-art sound systems, digital projectors, and 3D; full-service in-theater dining for all 10 screens; luxury recliners with call- . button dining service at each seat.
Southern Theaters Chief Executive Officer George Solomon said the company has been looking to build in East Baton Rouge Parish for years.
“This will be our second Movie Tavern location in Louisiana, and we are planning a third location in Denham Springs for summer 2015,” said Southern Theaters Director of Marketing Danny Giacomo.
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.
Southern Theaters said the 45,193-square-foot complex will bring more than 200 full- and part-time jobs to Baton Rouge and close to 100 construction jobs.