Byline: Holly Haber
The art-house film scene has finally arrived in Dallas in a big way. And judging from the long lines of people waiting to buy tickets, it was not a moment too soon. Angelika Film Center & Cafe opened an impressive eight-screen complex in August at the new Mockingbird Station shopping center in central Dallas. Angelika’s original six-screen facility in New York’s SoHo district claims to be the most popular art-film mecca in the country, yet its younger Dallas sibling outsold it on a few of its opening weekends.
Maybe that’s because Dallas audiences, deemed “very receptive” to art films through research by Angelika management, are thrilled that they finally have more than one option for viewing thoughtful cinema. Of late, the only theater in town screening foreign and art films was the venerable but tired 54-year-old Inwood Theatre on Lovers Lane.
With its urban contemporary design, Angelika offers comfortable stadium-style tiered seating with clear-sight lines and a broad array of films. It also turns on the glitz with a big crystal and blue neon chandelier that dangles over the stairs that guests climb to reach the theaters. Fitting for Texas, the chandelier is twice the size of a similar fixture at the New York headquarters.
A slick little lobby cafe serves film fans a full menu created by Lisa Kelley, former chef at the ever-popular Parigi restaurant on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. Plenty of caffeine-charged espresso drinks, naturally, are also on offer. And patrons are welcome to bring alcoholic libations from Angelika’s cafe into the screening rooms.
Among the flicks coming to Angelika from mid-October through December are: “Audition,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Better Than Sex,” “Intimacy,”‘ “In the Bedroom” and “Gangs of New York.”
Besides Dallas and SoHo, Angelika also operates a film center in Houston that opened in 1997.
Angelika Film Center & Cafe, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75206. 214-841-4700; angelikafilmcenter.com.