Filmmaker and film patron Joe Bailey loves going to Violet Crown’s four-screen facility in Austin. “It’s like a local pub where the topic of conversation is film.”

Yes, Violet Crown Santa Fe has a bar. And a restaurant. And a patio with outdoor seating for eating and drinking. And large reclining chairs in the theaters. You can eat before, during, or after your movie. Bill Banowsky, who co-founded Magnolia Pictures more than a decade ago, opened Violet Crown in Austin in 2011. On Friday, May 1, Violet Crown Santa Fe opens with an 11-screen complex in the Railyard that can accommodate about 730 people: Ten auditoriums with digital projectors have about 60 seats each, while one larger one, which as both a digital and a 35mm projector, has 150. One of Banowsky’s dreams is to ultimately have a 70mm projector.

Among its opening-weekend film showings are the big-budget extravaganza Avengers: Age of Ultron (in both 3-D and 2-D); Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth, which examines the life and work of Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado; and the art-house film Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress. Violet Crown will also screen Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, which follows the life of Maya, an independent-minded monkey, and her new babies as they try to survive in the jungles of Southeast Asia.