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Violet Crown Cinema

Indie Movie Theater, Movie Theater, and Bar
Downtown Austin, Austin
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    Veronica T.
    "Ask for front row so you can enjoy an ottoman with your seat!"(9 Tips)
    Mrs M.
    "Comfortable chairs and delicious popcorn"(6 Tips)
    "Validated parking, endless popcorn, great craft cocktails."(5 Tips)
    Andrea S.
    "The hotdogs are amazing!"(3 Tips)
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJanuary 17, 2013
    They had us at 4-hour validated parking. OK, there's also the terrific arthouse and foreign programming, the artisanal cheese plate and full bar, but it bears repeating: 4-hour validated parking! Read more
  • Bethany J.
    Bethany JoAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Amazing! I highly recommend this place! They have a parking lot off 2nd and San Antonio with a blue entrance sign on the side of the sushi place. Great seats, great service, and fantastic programming!
  • Alachia Q.
    Alachia QueenJune 1, 2013
    Great small theater. The seating is stadium style and the staff is very friendly. Will be coming back! You can get parking validated inside.
  • Nicole M.heart icon on user image
    Nicole McAfeeApril 15, 2015
    The only theater where you WANT to sit in the front row. Buy tickets online and pick out your seats. Arrive early for food/drinks. Unlike Alamo, they do not deliver food to you in the theater.
  • Matthew A.heart icon on user image
    Matthew AshMarch 22, 2015
    Classy joint. Everyone is wearing plaid and boots...but its cool if u just roll in some comfy attire. The establishment is well maintained and fully stocked bar!! Try truffle fries.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 29, 2012
    Great venue, and great atmosphere. First, you need to reserve tickets ahead of time - they sell out frequently. Second, take a date here. Oh, and parking is validated. One of my favorite theaters.
  • Austin 360
    Austin 360May 8, 2012
    This art-house theater features four screens, with 50 seats or fewer in each screening room, and a lobby bar and patio serving heavy appetizers. Customers get free parking in the adjacent AMLI garage.
  • Samantha S.heart icon on user image
    Samantha SmithApril 4, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early the food takes a while and then you have to get up during the movie to pick it up. Brussel sprouts are a must order
  • SundanceTV
    SundanceTVJuly 13, 2012
    The 4-hour parking is included with the movie. There's a variety of healthier munchies and a small selection of the usual candy. The espresso drinks are a billion times better than Starbucks.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BrutonJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best damn theatre in the 512. Great beer and solid pizza makes the movie experience that much better. Fantastic gin selection as well, if that's your thing.
  • AustinPixels
    AustinPixelsSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you sit in the front row you don't have to feel bad to get up and get a drink during the movie. And the seats are super comfy!
    Upvoted Dec 27, 2023
  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul SuwanFebruary 18, 2022
    They give you up to four hours free parking validation in the adjoining garage that leads right into the theater! Take advantage!
  • Geoff D.heart icon on user image
    Geoff DuncanAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a good idea to reserve your tickets online and make sure to get there early. It's a small theatre, and they might not let you enter if you're late.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BitnerMarch 27, 2013
    4 hours of parking validated is huge. Great little restaurant and bar. I'd do just to hang out there. Movies are a bonus.
  • Joel V.
    Joel VictorianAugust 8, 2014
    This place has a super dope vibe and super friendly staff. The cherry on top is VALIDATED PARKING!
  • Saraheart icon on user image
    SaraApril 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Validated parking, endless popcorn, great craft cocktails.
  • Scott F.
    Scott ForshayJuly 13, 2014
    Outstanding experience here. Fantastic service and top notch facilities. Highly recommended!!!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BobulaOctober 26, 2012
    Validate your parking before the movie so the clowns don't think you're the clown trying to pull a fast one on them (and so you don't forget).
  • Brandi L.heart icon on user image
    Brandi LyonsJuly 3, 2013
    Come early and have some of the best cocktails in Austin... Especially the ones with bourbon
  • Bill J M.
    Bill J McCarleyOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best hotdog around. Fresh cut fries too. Open for lunch. No movie required.
  • c0uPheart icon on user image
    c0uPMarch 14, 2013
    Love that they have a good selection of great film books at the back of the cafe to peruse freely.
  • Rachael
    RachaelAugust 21, 2014
    Decently priced food that looked tasty (had dinner beforehand, but I'll definitely try it next time).
  • Martin T.heart icon on user image
    Martin ThomasAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely get your tickets early so you can grab one of the ultra-cushy front row seats.
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    Order your food & drinks at the in-house restaurant & bar and then walk them into your theater. Enjoy the film in your reserved, over-sized leather chairs.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GordonMarch 9, 2014
    Very clean place- don't get the breakfast tacos- the theater is great
  • B W.heart icon on user image
    B WNovember 26, 2014
    Great for independent/foreign films. Skip the food. Sit in the front row.
  • bobb x h.
    bobb x haJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    i've never not sat on the front row at this cinema. it's like rock star seating. look for row A when buying your tix online.
  • Mary B.heart icon on user image
    Mary BradfordNovember 25, 2014
    Seats are very comfortable. Parking free & convenient.
  • Veronica T.
    Veronica TarverNovember 12, 2013
    Ask for front row so you can enjoy an ottoman with your seat!
  • jessica m. h.
    an art-house theater with reserved seats and a full-service café
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HodsonNovember 25, 2015
    Great place to see a movie. Down front is better.
  • Miriam G.heart icon on user image
    Miriam GoldmanJuly 28, 2017
    The most glamorous movie theatre this side of the Sierra Nevadas!
  • Mrs M.heart icon on user image
    Mrs MarrrtinezSeptember 26, 2018
    Comfortable chairs and delicious popcorn
  • Elizabethheart icon on user image
    ElizabethNovember 26, 2012
    If you're a yuppie, you will love this place. I'll take character over "style" any day.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BasileJune 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Viewing angle from the last row is a bit off. Just a bit too high. (Row E for example, in theater 4
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Cheese plate. All the way. And they're pizza is astounding.
  • Stefanie W.
    Stefanie WrayJanuary 24, 2014
    Popcorn is one size- small but u get refills!
  • Colby R.heart icon on user image
    Colby RingeisenJune 25, 2016
    Eat before your movie as they have a cafe but don't serve food in the theater (WTF?).
  • Bailieheart icon on user image
    BailieDecember 10, 2014
    Independent movies, great food, cocktails and craft beer!
  • Paul C.heart icon on user image
    Paul ChapinMarch 9, 2019
    Great Food and wonderful bartender. Thanks Cole!
  • Jonathon T.heart icon on user image
    Jonathon TaylorNovember 12, 2022
    I mean the popcorn was huge. The movie was meh, but that's not the theater's fault.
  • Cassie D.
    Cassie DelacruzJune 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The feel of a great L.A. theater with the weirdness of Austin just outside :)
  • Steve W.
    Steve WilliamsJuly 17, 2011
    $4 for a friggin' bottle of Topo Chico? C'mon! Even Alamo Draft House only charges $1.50. I know everything costs more in movie theaters, but not THAT much more.
  • caitlin c.
    caitlin carlsonSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the chips and queso. Mmm!!
  • Dori L.
    Dori LacamuAugust 15, 2013
    Great experience!! Loved the reserved seating.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KordelskiApril 28, 2014
    Great easy cinema. Assigned seats!!!!
  • Kelsey V.
    Kelsey Van MeterFebruary 23, 2012
    Smells funny but you get used to it. They also have Dublin dr pepper in the fountain
  • Adam H.heart icon on user image
    Adam HickeyFebruary 19, 2017
    The hummus plate is great.
  • Noori L.heart icon on user image
    Noori LFebruary 12, 2015
    Always have good movies but I don't feel the love from the staff
  • David F.heart icon on user image
    David FarnumNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The brussels sprouts are amazing.
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