The Movie Tavern: NOT Your Average Movie Experience

Two movie goers kicking up their heels in the Movie Tavern’s electronic recliners. Photo: Christine Rivera-Kemper/Forum

Little Rock’s newest movie theater, The Movie Tavern, opened this February behind the Outlets of Little Rock, on Bass Pro Drive.

The nine screen theater is currently in their soft open, operating at 50 percent seating capacity. The grand opening is expected to take place either at the end of February or the beginning of March, which is when the Tavern will open seating capacity to 100 percent, according to Assistant General Manager, Scott Hoag.

The Movie Tavern’s fully stocked bar. Photo: Christine Rivera-Kemper/Forum

“As soon as you walk in, you can tell its like nothing people have seen before,” Hoag said.

Upon entering the theater there are several self-service ticketing stations where movie goers they can either purchase their tickets or print previously purchased tickets. Patrons can pick their seats when purchasing their tickets. There is also a kiosk with an attendant for cash purchases.

After the ticket purchase, guests are encouraged to visit the Tavern’s lounge area which features a full bar, a “Dining Room” and a “Living Room.”  The living room includes lounge chairs, couches, fireplace, shuffleboard table and décor featuring some of Arkansas’s most prominent citizens including Johnny Cash, Bear Bryant, and Frank Broyles. The bar also features local beer breweries on tap.

The lounge area, complete with couches and fireplace. Photo: Christine Rivera-Kemper/Forum

Movie goers can also go straight to their pre-selected seats, where they will find a tray table on each electric recliner, and a button to call their personal server for menus and ordering purposes. The servers are attentive, polite and knowledgable, ready with suggestions if you have any trouble deciding what you would like.

Every seat is a fully electronic recliner with it’s own tray table and call button. Photo: Christine Rivera-Kemper/Forum

The Movie Tavern’s menu includes: chicken tenders and mashed potatoes, tomato soup and grilled cheese, and pizza, as well as the traditional movie theater staples, popcorn and candy. The food is delivered straight to the guest’s seat with minimal interruptions of their viewing experience.

Guests 21 and older can also order alcoholic beverages from the theater’s fully stocked bar. Guests can even keep a running tab open while they dine and view their movie.

Besides new releases, the Movie Tavern also features older movies every Tuesday and Sunday and has already screened The Goonies, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, and Casablanca.

Those who wish to know more about the Tavern, the current list of movies playing, and the menu can visit their website or their Facebook page.


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