The Movie Tavern brand, owned by Southern Theaters of New Orleans, will be going into a theater in Baton Rouge, documents filed Monday with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office show.
The United Artists Citiplace theater and a 6.8-acre site around it were sold to National Retail Properties of Orlando, Florida, for $8.15 million, according to the court filings. The filings make mention of a Movie Tavern.
A spokeswoman for Movie Tavern confirmed that the Citiplace theater will be rebranded and said further details will be released later this week. The theater is located off Corporate Boulevard near College Drive.
Officials with National Retail would not discuss the transaction, citing company policy.
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.
Movie Tavern, founded in Dallas in 2001, has 19 locations across the U.S., including an eight-screen theater at 201 N. U.S. 190 in Covington. An 11-screen Movie Tavern is under construction in the Juban Crossing mixed-use development near Denham Springs. Southern Theaters acquired Movie Tavern in September 2013.
The UA Citiplace has been open since 1997 and was one of the first stadium-seating movie theaters in Baton Rouge, along with Tinseltown, which closed in 2007. In recent years, the property has been overshadowed by newer theaters, such as the AMC Baton Rouge 16, the AMC Mall of Louisiana 15 and Cinemark Perkins Rowe.
News of the Movie Tavern comes after Tommy Spinosa, who developed Citiplace, announced that an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open in his Rouzan mixed-use development off Perkins Road in Baton Rouge in mid-2016. Alamo Drafthouse, which opened its first location in Austin, Texas, in 1997, launched the concept of allowing patrons to order food and drinks from the comfort of their movie seats.
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