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Brad Miller

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From: Dallas, TX
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted December 25, 2006 06:38 PM      Profile for Brad Miller   Author's Homepage   Email Brad Miller         Edit/Delete Post 
Arlington cinema to offer dining, full bar

Well the big house is NOT 72 feet wide, but it's close. (Nice of them to show a picture of the smallest auditorium in the complex.) Opening date is January 15th.

The premiere of the Studio Movie Grill's first Tarrant County location is set for Jan. 15 in Arlington. The company president said the Arlington location will have extras not found in his three other theaters -- or in most of his competitors' theaters for that matter.

The nine-screen cinema is opening at the Arlington Highlands at Matlock Road and Interstate 20.

"This theater is really different," said Brian Schultz, founder and co-owner of Studio Movie Grill. "It's the ultimate."

For starters, he said, the theater's 72-foot-wide screen will be one of the largest in the Southwest. By comparison, the screen at the Harkins Theater in Southlake, which also claims to have one of the largest screens around, is 70 feet wide. The Arlington auditorium will have 35,000 watts of sound output, dwarfing the average theater's level of about 5,000 watts, Schultz said.

Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill opened its first location in Addison in 1998. It has locations in Plano and Houston and is planning to open two more in the near future, Schultz said.

Like the other Studio Movie Grills, the Arlington theater will have stadium seating and executive leather chairs, as well as casual dining. The menu includes hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, shrimp, ribs, salads, pizzas and a full bar.

Schultz's goal is to combine the best qualities of a restaurant and a cinema in one venue.

"That combination is pretty fun," he said.

The Arlington location is the first the company has built from the ground up. Schultz said that gave the company the ability to include details that enhance the acoustics and the movie-watching experience. Walls, for example, are designed so that viewers can't hear the bass from the auditorium next door, Schultz said.

Theater tickets will cost $7.75 for adults. Tickets at the 18-screen AMC theater that opened three years ago at The Parks at Arlington mall are $9, according to the AMC Web site. Other ticket prices at the Studio Movie Grill are $6.25 for students and $5 for children.

Schultz said he wants his theater to fit in with the specialty shops at the Arlington Highlands such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro and other regional draws set to open this spring.

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Mark Richey

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From: Fort Worth, TX
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 - posted December 26, 2006 07:52 AM      Profile for Mark Richey   Author's Homepage   Email Mark Richey         Edit/Delete Post 
Is this a new build, or did they revamp an old existing theater, like they did with their other locations? I wouldn't think any of the older multiplexes in Arlington would come with a 72 foot (more or less) screen.

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Adam Martin

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 - posted December 26, 2006 10:55 AM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
It's a new build.

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