Last week was a big one for those who support the idea of growing the entertainment offerings in our area. In the matter of 24 hours, Corpus Christi went from being one of the only major cities in Texas without a dine-in movie theater experience, to possibly having not just one, but – count them – two such facilities to grace our Sparkling City by the Sea.
On Tuesday, May 13, City Council unanimously voted to pass the first reading ordinance to rezone an area of land on the corner of Staples and Yorktown in order to allow the construction and implementation of Movies and More, a proposed facility which would offer several large and small movie screens, a dining experience complete with the serving of alcohol, and an attached bowling alley, laser tag arena and arcade. Developed by local business entrepreneur Jeff Dinger, Movies and More looks to offer Corpus Christi an experience the likes of which have not been seen in our area ever, or at least in a long time.
City Council voted in favor of the rezoning, at least in terms of the first reading of the ordinance; but not without special limitations. First, the Council wanted TxDOT to give them a presentation detailing the effect the proposed facility would have in the area on South Staples, near the Kings Crossing neighborhood. Second, the Council proposed a few stipulations to help ensure that the facility, once built, could never become a bar.
As of the date of this publication, pending a second reading, the odds are ever in the favor of Moves and More.
In a town that consistently has a hard time welcoming and accepting new and exciting opportunities for our community, the passage of this ordinance is huge. But that’s not even the end of it. Because, the following day, on Wednesday, May 14, it was announced that none other than the ever-popular Alamo Drafthouse had signed a letter of intent to come to Corpus Christi in 2015, opening its facility in the Sports, Entertainment and Arts (SEA) District, at Tancahua and Brewster, directly across from Brewster Street Icehouse.
So, they mean to tell me that I don't have to drive to Austin anymore to fulfill my alternative indie-lover needs? I'm in!
So let us recap; a proposed dine-in movie theater facility could be built on the Southside, Alamo Drafthouse will be setting up shop near downtown in 2015 – oh and lest us forget about the currently under construction movie theater (Movies, INC) in Calallen across the street from the Calallen High School stadium. Whew.
Elsewhere, the movie-going experience has already evolved, readying for a more matured future, with luxurious food offerings for those looking for more than popcorn, and now that evolution is finally catching up to Corpus Christi. While nothing is set in stone until that first stone is set, we can still count these as exciting times for the Coastal Bend.