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HOUSTON—While going to the movies has always been an opportunity to enjoy some escapist entertainment, in recent years, movie theater brands have upped the ante by introducing a range of highly experiential concepts. New and renovated theaters offering luxurious amenities along with full dinner and bar service are popping up across the Southwest and particularly in Texas, say Jason Baker and Ben Brown of Baker Katz in a recent theater property analysis, exclusive to GlobeSt.com.

This explosion of experiential and amenity-laden movie theater concepts was initially driven by several new independent brands, but the success of the format has prompted larger brands to contribute new theater concepts, often reformatting existing theaters in an attempt to deliver a similarly elevated experience. These developments are exciting for moviegoers, but a closer look at the experiential theater trend has some interesting and potentially important implications for mixed-use developers and the movie theater industry, Baker Katz reveals.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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