The exclusive River Oaks District shopping center opened in 2015, proudly showcasing a new iPic movie theater, which is part of a national chain of 16 “affordable luxury” venues. The iPic Theaters – Houston (www.ipictheaters.com/#/locations/12/Houston) screens blockbuster films in luxuriously outfitted theaters featuring plush sofa seats with blankets and pillows (like home but a thousand times better!) and your very own “ninja server“ who will attend to your every need. The seating capacity ranges from only 49–92 occupants in eight theaters and there is an “iPic Express,” an upscale concession stand; food and drink will also be brought to your seat during the movies. Master Mixologist and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger is featured onscreen in bubbly commentaries about the iPic drink specials in their Lounge that include homemade elixirs, syrups and infusions using garden-fresh herbs and spices. Threetime James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard creates the menu for The Tuck Room restaurant which specializes in a variety of soulful dishes from the United States and around the world. My family and I tried out everything – the seats and variety of concessions were a big hit with the kids and the hubby and I loved the food and drink.
There are more than 15 commissioned art pieces by acclaimed artists Peter Tunney and Mike Stilkey throughout the lobby, restaurant and other public spaces. Tunney’s work is inspired by many of the greatest films of our time and his canvases are filled with words that provide familiar cultural touchstones for viewers. American artist and book sculptor Mike Stilkey built his piece with over 3,000 used books from the Houston Public Library. Stilkey pioneered the art of using discarded library books stacked horizontally as his artist palette and is the only artist in the world using this method.
Even the restrooms are different! They are European-style, which means there‘s a shared entrance and washroom for men and women with a mini-waiting room outside. Movie tickets are $16 and $28, and there are annual memberships that include perks such as discounts and seating upgrades. Since its opening, the iPic Theaters – Houston has become a meeting spot not only for a unique theater-going experience but also for wining and dining on world-class fare. Treat yourself this holiday and watch movies in style!
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