San Antonio: San Marcos Movie Company Joins N3 Real Estate Development in Westover Hills
Feature Photo (above): Interior view of the recently opened EVO Entertainment Schertz. Image: Google Streets/Mike Snyder.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — EVO Entertainment Group announced Tuesday the company is prepared to break ground in a few weeks on its largest cinema and gaming complex to date.
The complex will be constructed as part of Escala, a mixed-use 23-acre commercial development by N3 Real Estate, a Southlake-based company that began site work in the summer of 2018. N3 Real Estate devoted much of 2018-2019 to constructing Escala Parkway and the necessary infrastructure.
Source: Foresite Commercial Real Estate
Escala is located in Westover Hills just east of Sea World of Texas, at the northwest corner of Texas 151 Access Road and Military Drive West. The EVO San Antonio development would be constructed near Escala Parkway and Texas 151 Access Road, according to N3 Real Estate’s master plan.
Mitchell C. Roberts, chief executive officer of EVO Entertainment, announced on Facebook that the San Antonio project would be, “our largest location to date” and will feature top-of-the-line entertainment, including 10 dine-in service auditoriums with 4K laser projection, luxury-heated recliner seating, and a full dine-in menu from EVO’s scratch kitchen.
Two auditoriums will feature the EVX® enhanced viewing experience, showcasing 80-foot curved screens and immersive Dolby Atmos sound.
“For game lovers, EVO San Antonio will provide our largest game floor (7,000+ square feet) with the latest gaming technology, including an EVOVR® Omni Arena, an overhead ropes course suspended over the game floor and 12 bowling lanes.”
EVO San Antonio. Rendering by 5G Studio Collaborative.
Construction will begin in March 2020 and is projected to be completed by early 2021.
EVO opened its first entertainment complex–a 70,000-square-foot facility with 11 movie screens, 14-lane bowling alley, restaurant/bar and 3,500-square-foot game floor–in Kyle in 2014. The EVO San Antonio, the company’s seventh location, will have about 80,000 square feet.
EVO Entertainment Group is based in San Marcos and its founder is a third generation movie theater entrepreneur. His grandfather, Lee Roy Mitchell, founded and is the current board chairman of Cinemark Theatres.
An architectural rendering that was presented with the announcement indicated 5G Studio Collaborative was the architect. Dallas-based 5G has an entertainment division that has done work for EVO, Cinemark, Alamo Drafthouse and many other regional theater chain owners.
Concept rendering of Escala Phase 1. Source: Foresite CRE.
N3’s commercial plans for Escala are divided in two phases. The south half of the property nearest Military Drive and Texas 151 is Phase 1 and includes plans for a 14,000-square-foot medical office building and six pads for retail and restaurant uses. Phase 2 to the north was initially planned for an entertainment complex and possibly a few restaurant pads.
VBX Project ID 2020-1799.
Early master site plan of Escala. Source: Foresite CRE.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.