CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An uptown hotspot has just re-opened at the Epicenter. The space that was formerly Mez, is now Studio Movie Grill and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday night.

It s an eat and dine movie theater, and it s under new management.

What s new? First, the prices. Previously, because it was a special dining experience, you paid for that luxury. Brian Schultz, CEO Studio Movie Grill said We ve dropped the ticket movie prices by 40%. Ten bucks on the weekends.

Tickets can be reserved online, and that s the easiest way to do it. Because you reserve your seating, you can get a good look at where you and your movie partner will sit at your own convenience. And don t worry about paying to park. They ll validate it on your way out.

The film experience is also going to be enhanced. Schultz says we have the sharpest, the brightest, the best picture that you can possibly have. And the theater seating includes a slide out table, which makes eating during the movie easy.

And forget about being limited to popcorn and candy. Chef Claude Ellis at the opening of the theater said we use the freshest ingredients, and some of the healthiest dishes. And the prices to eat are more reasonable than you may think. A burger and fries are less than $12 bucks!

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx cut a film strip to celebrate the grand opening Wednesday night.
Guests were treated to food and beverages and an advance screening of Oz the Great and Powerful.

This is the first location for Studio Movie Grill in North Carolina and they've hired 125 people, and I'm always happy when people are getting hired, Foxx said.

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