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Violet Crown Cinema

Indie Movie Theater, Movie Theater, and Bar · Downtown Austin
434 W 2nd St (San Antonio St), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Hours:
None listed (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 1:00 PM–11:00 PM
Reservations:
Yes
Drinks:
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Violet Crown Cinema is a locally owned and operated cinema with four screens devoted to independent, documentary and international films.

9.0/10

Based on 367 votes

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  • Everybody Wants Some!!: 11:45am 2:10pm 4:35 7:00 9:25
  • Eye in the Sky: 10:50am 3:10pm 7:30 9:40
  • A Hologram for the King: 1:15pm 3:30 5:45 8:00 10:15
  • Miles Ahead: 11:00am 1:00pm 5:20
  • Sing Street: 11:15am 1:30pm 3:45 6:00 8:15 10:30
  • What you need to know
    Veronica T.
    "Ask for front row so you can enjoy an ottoman with your seat!"(9 Tips)
    Jim S.
    "Screen 4 row A is big comfy chairs."(5 Tips)
    Andrea S.
    "The hotdogs are amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Master M.
    "solid pizza makes the movie experience"(4 Tips)
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  • café
  • movies
  • films
  • documentaries
  • good for dates
  • bourbon
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  • truffle fries
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  • Austin Chronicle

    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

    Austin Chronicle · January 17, 2013
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  • Bethany J.

    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!

    Bethany Jo · August 21, 2013
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  • Nicole M.

    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.

    Nicole McAfee · April 15, 2015
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  • Austin 360

    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.

    Austin 360 · May 8, 2012
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  • Social N.

    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.

    Social News Network · June 29, 2012
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  • Master M.

    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. Read more

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  • SundanceTV

    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.

    SundanceTV · July 13, 2012
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  • Matthew A.

    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.

    Matthew Ash · March 22, 2015
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  • Alachia Q.

    Great small theater. The seating is stadium style and the staff is very friendly. Will be coming back! You can get parking validated inside.

    Alachia Queen · June 1, 2013
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  • Sean B.

    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.

    Sean Bruton · January 29, 2013
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  • The Austin Grand Prix

    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.

    The Austin Grand Prix · December 30, 2011
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  • Steve W.

    $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.

    Steve Williams · July 17, 2011
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  • Geoff D.

    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.

    Geoff Duncan · August 29, 2012
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  • Jeff B.

    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).

    Jeff Bobula · October 26, 2012
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  • AustinPixels

    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!

    AustinPixels · September 4, 2011
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  • Andy B.

    4 hours of parking validated is huge. Great little restaurant and bar. I'd do just to hang out there. Movies are a bonus.

    Andy Bitner · March 27, 2013
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  • c0uP

    Love that they have a good selection of great film books at the back of the cafe to peruse freely.

    c0uP · March 14, 2013
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  • Rachael

    Decently priced food that looked tasty (had dinner beforehand, but I'll definitely try it next time).

    Rachael · August 21, 2014
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  • bobb x h.

    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.

    bobb x ha · July 13, 2013
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  • Joel V.

    This place has a super dope vibe and super friendly staff. The cherry on top is VALIDATED PARKING!

    Joel Victorian · August 8, 2014
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  • Brandi L.

    Come early and have some of the best cocktails in Austin... Especially the ones with bourbon

    Brandi Lyons · July 3, 2013
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  • Martin T.

    Absolutely get your tickets early so you can grab one of the ultra-cushy front row seats.

    Martin Thomas · August 16, 2014
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  • Scott F.

    Outstanding experience here. Fantastic service and top notch facilities. Highly recommended!!!

    Scott Forshay · July 13, 2014
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  • Steve B.

    Viewing angle from the last row is a bit off. Just a bit too high. (Row E for example, in theater 4

    Steve Basile · June 8, 2014
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  • Bill J M.

    Best hotdog around. Fresh cut fries too. Open for lunch. No movie required.

    Bill J McCarley · October 30, 2011
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  • Greg G.

    Very clean place- don't get the breakfast tacos- the theater is great

    Greg Gordon · March 9, 2014
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  • Sara

    Validated parking, endless popcorn, great craft cocktails.

    Sara · April 5, 2015
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  • Elizabeth

    If you're a yuppie, you will love this place. I'll take character over "style" any day.

    Elizabeth · November 26, 2012
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  • Kathy B.

    Great food, wonderful staff, drinks and a movie... what more could you ask for?

    Kathy B. · May 7, 2014
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  • B W.

    Great for independent/foreign films. Skip the food. Sit in the front row.

    B W · November 26, 2014
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  • Mary B.

    Seats are very comfortable. Parking free & convenient.

    Mary Bradford · November 25, 2014
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  • Kelsey V.

    Smells funny but you get used to it. They also have Dublin dr pepper in the fountain

    Kelsey Van Meter · February 23, 2012
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  • Veronica T.

    Ask for front row so you can enjoy an ottoman with your seat!

    Veronica Tarver · November 12, 2013
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  • Social N.

    Cheese plate. All the way. And they're pizza is astounding.

    Social News Network · August 14, 2013
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  • Michael H.

    Great place to see a movie. Down front is better.

    Michael Hodson · November 25, 2015
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  • Stefanie W.

    Popcorn is one size- small but u get refills!

    Stefanie Wray · January 24, 2014
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  • caitlin c.

    Order the chips and queso. Mmm!!

    caitlin carlson · September 8, 2012
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  • Cassie D.

    The feel of a great L.A. theater with the weirdness of Austin just outside :)

    Cassie Delacruz · June 22, 2013
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  • Noori L.

    Always have good movies but I don't feel the love from the staff

    Noori L · February 12, 2015
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  • jessica m. h.

    an art-house theater with reserved seats and a full-service café

    jessica m. hintermeister · August 21, 2012
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  • Jim S.

    Screen 4 row A is big comfy chairs. Row B is eye level with the middle of the screen

    Jim Scott · November 20, 2011
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  • trayc t.

    The most comfortable theatre seats ever!

    trayc trayc · August 5, 2011
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  • Brian K.

    Great easy cinema. Assigned seats!!!!

    Brian Kordelski · April 28, 2014
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  • Bailie

    Independent movies, great food, cocktails and craft beer!

    Bailie · December 10, 2014
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  • Jefferson B.

    The rear row of the theater is a better than close up.

    Jefferson Burruss · January 14, 2012
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  • Danielle R.

    Try the cucumber martini. Very refreshing and light

    Danielle Royston · May 26, 2011
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  • Ann D.

    Need power? Check out the upper lounge.

    Ann D · March 15, 2013
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  • David J. N.

    Park at the Amli up to 4 hours and get validated!

    David J. Neff · July 4, 2011
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  • Andrea S.

    The hotdogs are amazing!

    Andrea Sanchez · February 19, 2014
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  • cindy f.

    St. Germain, acai berry and fresh lime juice. Mmm.

    cindy f. · July 11, 2011
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  • Eye in the Sky

    10:50am, 3:10pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    11:45am, 2:10pm, 4:35pm, 7:00pm, 9:25pm

  • Miles Ahead

    11:00am, 1:00pm, 5:20pm

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