Richard Linklater to Revamp Theater

by | Sep 29, 2016 | Austin News | 0 comments

Richard Linklater is partnering with Designtrait and the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture to overhaul the Austin Film Society’s AFS Cinema at the Linc, the Austin Business Journal reports.

The Austin Film Society has been using the site since May, but the makeover will create a second theater.  The 18,000 square feet space was formerly the Marchesa Hall and Theatre and is located in a redeveloping retail center that is currently called “The Linc”.  

The cost of the AFS Cinema transformation hasn’t been disclosed, but the Austin Film Society has raised $1.5 million so far for the project and plans to reach out to the community fundraise an additional $600,000.

Linklater is contributing items from his own movie memorabilia collection such as vintage posters and movie soundtrack album covers to the interior.  Michael Hsu says the design will strive to pull in movie lovers with a “kinetic and vivid” design.  Linklater said he chose the designers because they understand the “Austin vibe”.

The project is expected to be completed early in 2017.

The revamped movie theater isn’t the only area around the old Highland Mall undergoing a transformation.  Austin Community College is transforming the old mall into their ACC Highland Campus.  Phase I is complete with a light-filled, bright and modern interior that welcomes the 6,000 students to campus in a space made for learning.  It’s difficult to enter the new space and remember what it looked like as a shopping mall.  

The eventual plan is to add residential to the other parts of the mall.  So one day you could avoid Austin traffic by living, working, and playing in the same area!  

There are already a lot of apartments in the area, including Central Park I and II.  Located just over half a mile from the new AFS Cinema, this apartment community offers one and two bedroom apartment homes from 450 to 920 square feet.  Apartments feature wood floors, built-in bookcases, vaulted ceilings, huge patios and the community has refreshing swimming pools, barbecue grills, and relaxing courtyards.

Midtown Commons at Crestview Station is two miles away and has all luxury amenities you’d expect from new construction including downtown garage style parking and courtyards.  The design is ultra-modern with subway tile backsplashes, island kitchens, track lighting, stainless steel and black appliances and stained concrete floors.  Midtown Commons has retail shopping on the property and is adjacent to the metro rail stop as well as a Capitol Metro bus stop.

Salado at Walnut Creek is located three miles from the Linc and has one bedroom and two bedroom apartments ranging from 399 to 1,043 square feet.  Apartments feature washer and dryer connections, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, large walk-in closets, private patios and balconies and more.  The community is heavily wooded and overlooks Walnut Creek, has two swimming pools, a fitness center, a lighted sports court, and is pet friendly.

Ready to make your home in the rapidly transforming area around ACC Highland and the Linc?  Give Apartment Experts North a call today at 512-339-4411 and we’ll help you find the perfect apartment so you can keep doing what you love!  

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