Guess what, locals? There’s a new movie theater in town and it’s really something to get excited about.

Studio Movie Grill opened its doors for the first time on Thursday, March 28 — just in time for a big movie weekend. 

GETTING SEATED

The dine-in style theater features 12 auditoriums, ranging from 44 to 181 seats. The best part? The theater offers 100 percent reserved luxury seating. (Meaning there’s no rushing to get to the theater early to save your spot.) You can buy your tickets online, in advance, and choose your seat right at the check-out. 

And if you’re wanting to enjoy an impromptu movie night, that’s OK too. You can buy your reserved seat when you get to the theater. You can select from what hasn’t been sold, or choose the best seat in the house for the next showing and wait it out at the lobby bar. 

DINING IN

Dine-in movie theaters are pretty common these days. So — on the dine-in topic — what makes Studio Movie Grill stand out from the others? Its fresh cuisine.

Studio Movie Grill offers an American Grill menu, with items ranging from coconut-breaded chicken fingers and hamburger sliders, to hand-tossed pizza made from scratch. The company prides itself on its fresh, healthy options — including a selection of vegan, kosher and allergy-friendly foods. Everything is made to order, arriving at your dine-in reclining theater seat within 15 minutes. 

The Sunset Walk location expects to serve 2,500 guests per day, while Studio Movie Grill Founder and CEO Brian Schultz said the Studio Movie Grill company is projected to serve 14 million guests nationwide in 2019. 

MAKING TECHNOLOGICAL WAVES

So now that you know what you’re going to eat, how are you going to get it? Each luxury recliner features a built-in tabletop and cup holder for ultimate relaxation dining, plus a “push for service” call button to have a server come right to your seat. You can order anything from the menu, as well as anything from the full-service bar. 

And what’s a movie theater without a notable visual and sound system? Each of the 12 auditoriums is equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art NEC laser projection, Dolby 3D, Q-SYS custom sound systems. 

GIVING BACK

Studio Movie Grill isn’t just a community movie theater — it’s a community partner. It is known to be a partner to every community it serves, and has already made a connection in Central Florida by adopting Westside K-8 School. 

“We’re here in our community to make that positive wake,” said General Manager Angie Garbett. “What we want to do is be somebody in our community that everybody knows.”

The company is also looking into a partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club. 

On a national scale, the company offers Special Needs Screenings for children with disabilities, a Chefs for Children program to donate partial sales to local schools and the annual Opening Hearts & Minds Award which helps families while acknowledging local heroes. 

Note: Studio Movie Grill will debut its long-standing Special Needs Screenings at the Kissimmee location on Saturday, April 6, with the Disney film “DUMBO.” The screenings will be shown on the Saturday morning (11 a.m.) following a release of a family movie to accomodate families raising children with special needs, with the theatre lights on and movie volume lowered. 

Screenings are free to children with special needs and their siblings. Other family members will receive matinee pricing to encourage families to attend together.

For more information about Special Needs Screenings, its future films and dates, visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings.

STARTING UP

Schultz founded the first-run film and in-theater dining combination in 1998. And during a preview of its Kissimmee location at Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s Sunset Walk, he told media the story of how this concept came to life. 

Growing up going to the movies, Schultz said he never understood why the theater he visited didn’t sell food. Nor alcohol. And during one particular visit, a beer bottle rolled past his feet. Then came the idea: Why not be the first one to pair the two together?

“I always wanted to make a difference in the world,” Schultz said. So after landing his dream career in politics, he decided to change the world with film. He founded Studio Movie Grill and uses each location to make an impact in the community it serves.

Twenty years later, Studio Movie Grill has grown to 30 locations in nine states, with community partners spread throughout. 

CONTACT

Studio Movie Grill Kissimmee is the third location to open in Florida. Other locations are in Tampa and Seminole. Studio Movie Grill Kissimmee is located at Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s Sunset Walk, at 3204 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee. 

For more information about Studio Movie Grill at Margaritaville, to see showtimes or purchase tickets, visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/locations/florida/sunset-walk/2019/3/28