Suwanee to get first movie theater in late April

SUWANEE -- A one-stop-shop date night destination is coming to Suwanee.

A Movie Tavern franchise will soon open in the old Publix building on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in the Horizon Village. Karen Sibley, the director of marketing for Movie Tavern, a Dallas-based company, said the location has targeted the "latter part of April" to open.

The theater would be the first in Suwanee, and the second Movie Tavern location in the state after the location at Northlake Mall in Tucker. Sibley said a third in Sandy Plains will open by the end of the year.

For Suwanee residents, it offers a local movie destination that's closer than the current choices in Lawrenceville or Buford.

Movie Tavern shows first-run movies, offers a casual dining menu, and guests have an individual tabletop and button to press for service. The Suwanee location will be a "premier" venue, which means it will have a full bar, and a margarita bar.

"We believe that the Premier version is the way to go and helps set us apart from a traditional theatre," Sibley said in an email message.

Sibley added that Movie Tavern is open for lunch and dinner, and movies alone. It's not required to eat and watch a movie in the same visit.

Nine screens and 1,000 seats are on display, including an all digital presentation. Sibley said guests should arrive at least 30 minutes early to order a meal before the show starts.

"Should you need anything during the movie, simply press the button on your table," Sibley said. "And don't worry, your server will discreetly leave the check and return to process your payment -- all in time for the end of the movie."

The business began soliciting job applications last month on its Facebook page.