Movies 11 at Mill Run is up and running and on its way to bigger and better things in the near future, according to one of its owners.
New amenities, such as plush recliners in the dine-in theaters and expanded menu options, will be in place in the next 90 days, said Nalini Laveti, who owns Movies 11 with Praveen Goutham and Krishna Jasti.
Movies 11, which will show first-run movies, replaced the Movie Tavern at 3773 Ridge Mill Drive in the retail center on Hilliard's eastern doorstep.
Its first screen opened June 17; the remaining 10 went into use the following weekend.
Laveti said the box offices and the 55-seat dining room, which has a full bar, have been renovated.
"It was in bad shape," Laveti said.
Fresh carpet also lines the hallways.
Like the Movie Tavern, all the dine-in theaters, which seat 86 to 186 patrons, will be full service.
Customers simply press a button and a server will take and deliver orders.
A limited menu, with sandwiches, salads and generally lighter fare, will be introduced first, Laveti said.
For the time being, all items are priced less than $10, he said.
A more comprehensive menu with signature entrees, which will be in the $10 to $15 range, is in the offing, Laveti said. The bar has several signature cocktails and an assortment of beers on tap, most being from local craft breweries.
Movies 11 is part of Midwest Movies, a local partnership run by Laveti, Goutham and Jasti that also owns the Screens at the Continent in north Columbus.
Laveti said that although theaters are closing down across the United States, he believes Movies 11 has potential as a successful business model.
Because Movies 11 is independently owned, it has more flexibility on its movie schedule, he said.
"We'll be able to adapt with the market," he said. "Once we get situated, we will do retro movies and special days."
Libby Gierach, executive director of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, said she is excited to retain the entertainment option in the area. The Movie Tavern closed in April after 10 years operating in Mill Run.
"This will be a great addition to our list of businesses bringing in people around the region to the Hilliard area, not just to Movies 11 but the neighboring businesses around it," Gierach said.