A new dine-in movie theater opened its doors this week in Carrollwood. Villagio Cinemas at Carrollwood, at 11778 N. Dale Mabry Highway, is housed in the former location of Main Street Cinemas. The cinema houses an Italian restaurant and six movie screens. The lobby of the theater was designed to resemble an Italian village, with a courtyard, faux-stone and balustrades, where visitors can have dinner and cocktails, with or without a movie ticket.
The restaurant's menu features a variety of Italian entrees, salads and appetizers, created by Chef Giuseppe Mascali, owner of the Villagio Restaurant in Lutz. Three VIP rooms on the second floor over look the lobby and offer private spaces for large parties. The cinema has six theaters offering first-run movies. Each of the screening rooms is equipped with individual motorized plush recliners, with tables that swivel toward them. Servers take orders on a wireless tablet and deliver it to your seat. Theater-goers must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show time to dine. Carrollwood is the first Villagio theater in the country, said Howard Edelman, a theater co-owner. The owners spent more than $3.5 million transforming the former space. "It's really a beautiful place and a one-of-a-kind experience," Edelman said. Villagio movies tickets are $10 to $12. Cloe Cabrera