The Angelilka is a boutique theater. I know that brings arty movies to mind, and, while that is primarily what is played there, they usually have a mainstream movie two playing. We just saw Up in the Air (can I yelp about that movie, it is awesome!) and Crazy Heart. the pros 1. It is hardly ever crowded. I especially love to do during the day, when there is almost always less than 10 people there. You can spread out and really enjoy a movie without feeling claustrophobic. 2. The theater is beautiful. The bottom floor has bamboo flooring, the top floor is mostly stained concrete, and their fixtures all high end. The seats are theater style and have either red velvet seats in the smaller theaters, or subtle leather seats in the bigger theaters. The leather seats are like the kind in first class or business class on airplanes. Very comfy. 3. They have a great concession area with food from Main St bakery across the way. You can get paninis, cheese plates, etc. You can also get beer and wine, and cocktails, I believe. 4. Their prices are very reasonable for the amenities. I think a regular show is about $9.50, the same as the AMC Stonebriar. the cons 1. The smaller theaters are quite small. Its not a big deal, but the big theaters are good size, and since they dont have huge crowds, feel even bigger. Conversely, the small ones feel pretty small. 2. There is no down escalator, which for me isnt a big deal, but may be for some people. They do have an elevator, however, which should accomodate everyone.
So it's a diner, and not a chain: the kind your parents or grandparents used to go to when eating out. That's it, no magic, family owned, you either like that format or not. These folks used to be at a dumpier location the last time I dine with them so this location is an improvement. Like many mom-pop diners service may be great or lousy, food is either spot on or misses. This day I went for one of the specialty omelets and enjoyed it, but service was spotty bordering on absent. Oh well.
I Love Austin Avenue, the Plano one is better than Austin Avenue 2 in Richardson. I love the "homey" type atmosphere! It's amazing because you can go all dolled up, or straight out jeans and sweatshirt look and you fit right in. Very fun environment and a very diverse crowd. Their fully loaded fries always hit the spot, and the bartenders are always cheery and upbeat!