Violet Crown art cinema opening in Austin
AUSTIN, TX — The Violet Crown, a new quad art cinema, opened on April 29 on Austin’s Second Street. The new cinema features a full bar and cafe, and will soon present a series of Criterion classics as part of its art and independent film programming. The theater’s name is a reference to an old nickname of the city of Austin. The theater’s owner, Bill Banowsky, is a former Landmark Theatres executive and former owner of the Magnolia Pictures distribution company.
This article about the theater, from the Austinist, features an interview with Banowsky and an architect’s sketch of the cinema.