Austin suburb to welcome first ever movie theater and entertainment center
The Austin suburb of Hutto is set to welcome its first ever movie theater in 2024. A Hutto City Council meeting on January 19 revealed the full details, announcing EVO Entertainment Group’s newest ground-up prototype would be part of the ongoing expansion of Townwest Commons.
The Austin-based entertainment group is the fastest-growing cinema circuit in the country. Sarted with one location in 2014, EVO Entertainment Group has since expanded to 18 locations across five states.
Located south of the Hutto YMCA, off of the US Highway 79 near SH 130, the new Hutto location will be the company's first ground-up build post-Covid, breaking ground this spring and slated to open in early 2024. The 53,300 square foot venue will feature eight theaters (including the EVX enhanced viewing experience format), 10 bowling lanes, and 7,200 square feet of gaming, attractions, and virtual reality — not to mention a bar-lounge area, patio, and private event space.
"As an Austin-based company, we’re proud to be a part of the Hutto community,” says Mitch Roberts, founder and CEO of EVO Entertainment Group in a release. “Hutto’s rapid growth and recognition as a great place to raise a family is in perfect alignment with our strategic growth initiatives for 2023 and beyond.”
Estimated to create at least 40 full-time equivalent jobs, the $25 million project is set to have a significant economic impact on the area. Bob Farley, Economic Development Director for the City of Hutto, shared in the release that the project is estimated to produce $3 million in sales tax revenue per year — roughly a 25 percent increase over current sales tax revenues in Hutto — in addition to producing property tax revenue.
“Together with City leaders, the Hutto Economic Development Corporation promised our community we’d bring them a major venue for all-ages of entertainment, and we delivered,” says Farley in the release. “EVO is the perfect partner to kick off a new wave of strategic growth that will benefit the quality of life of the Hutto community for many years to come.