With popcorn flavors like Tandoori Yogurt, Kimchee-flavored hotdogs and bottles of Malbec and Sake available for purchase, the new Angelika Film Center and Café at Mosaic in Merrifield is not your average movie theatre.
“That’s exactly the point,” said Angelika spokesperson Jo Ellen Brantferger. “This is like no other movie-going experience. From our movie selections to our cuisine, it’s all different.”
The new eight-theater complex intended for the discerning moviegoer is the centerpiece for the new $500 million mixed-use Mosaic development, which includes shopping, restaurants, residential space and free parking.
“Mosaic is a hand-selected mix of the finest local fashion boutiques and restaurants coupled with premier national retailers and entertainers like the Angelika Film Center,” said Tom Kiler, vice president of Mosaic’s Eden Development. “Mosaic’s 30-plus unique retailers together create an intelligent place to shop and discover new ideas.”
According to Kiler, when completed, Mosaic will total almost 2 million square feet consisting of 500,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 residential units, 75,000 square feet of office space and a 148-room Hyatt House hotel.
Inside Angelika, which opened to the public Sept. 21, patrons are treated to large theatre auditoriums with black velour seats situated along wide aisles, eliminating much of the awkwardness of having to get up when someone walks by.
In addition, reserved seating, which can be purchased online, is available in each of the complex’s eight theaters.
“This allows for a more relaxing, leisurely experience,” said Ellen Cotter, chief operating officer of Angelika’s parent company, the U.S. Cinema division of Reading International, Inc. “Like a live theater, concert, or sporting event, our guests have the luxury of knowing exactly where they will be sitting before arriving at the auditorium, which allows for more time to enjoy our Café, mezzanine lounge or the concession stand.”
At the concession stand, an early favorite on opening night seemed to be Angelika’s unique take on junk food. Patrons seem to be drawn to the simply named “junk,” which consists of potato chips, pretzels and popcorn drizzled in a dark chocolate Ganache and salted peanut butter caramel. Bacon bits, available as an option, are extra.
“I love this theater,” said Leslie Leviton of Reston, who attended a showing of the “The Master” on opening night. “It is so unique.”
“Our food and beverage service truly is unique,” Cotter said. “Angelika has partnered with celebrity Chef Lee Anne Wong, who has provided the culinary vision for our cafe, concession stand and lounge. The first floor cafe will offer a gourmet menu created by Chef Wong inspired by modern global cuisine.”
According to Cotter, each of Wong’s dishes will be paired with a craft beer or select wine. The second-floor concession stand will feature classic concessions, as well as Wong’s creative twist on those classics.
“While the menu has been designed so that guests can comfortably and easily enjoy all food and beverages as they watch a film, the cafe will also be open to the public without a ticket purchase,” she said. “Since we have opened, Chef Wong’s Wasabi Chicken Sandwich and her Gourmet Hot Dogs have proven already to be favorites.”
The Angelika Film Center and Café is located at 2911 District Avenue in Fairfax, near the intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road. For ticketing information, call 571-512-3301 or go to www.angelikafilmcenter.com