February 10, 2013
Luxury iPic Movie Theater Coming to Planned Galleria-Area Development
A new luxury iPic movie theater that includes a restaurant and cocktail lounge is coming to the Galleria area as part of an ambitious “walkable” retail/office/residential development (called the River Oaks District) that is under construction along Westheimer. The eight-screen, 560-seat theater is expected to open in 2014.
The cinema will be part of the River Oaks District, a combined retail, residential and office development now under construction just east of the Galleria, according to a report in the Chronicle.
The newspaper reports that iPic Entertainment has signed a lease to build the entertainment complex. The video below explains the concept, which looks to be a couple of notches above other “luxury” theater experiences in Houston.
The restaurant’s chef, for instance, is a chef from the Culinary Institute. This is a fine dining experience, but guests will be allowed to take food and drinks into the theater with them. It looks like there will be a “premium plus” area that has plush seats that fully recline and come with pillows and blankets. That section also seems to offer food service for the first 20 minutes of the feature.
The iPic chain has theaters in nine cities, including Austin, suburban Dallas, Boca Raton, Fl., and Scottsdale, Az. An iPic theater is “coming soon” to Los Angeles, according to the company's website.
The River Oaks District is a $450 million development that is being built on 15 acres along Westheimer, about a half-mile from the Galleria mall.
The project, originally planned before the recession, had looked all but dead. But a San Diego-based developer announced in December that it was relaunching the project.
The plan is for the project to create a “walkable city-street environment,” according to the company, OliverMcMillan. The project will replace apartments at 4444 Westheimer.