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Hutto gearing to open up very first movie theater

The new EVO theater is set to open up in early 2024.

HUTTO, Texas — At the Hutto City Council meeting Thursday night, local leaders made a major announcement – the city of Hutto is finally getting its first movie theater!

The new EVO Entertainment theater is part of an expansion at the Townwest Commons. Plans for the development include the EVO location, which is set to break ground this spring, with an open date planned for 2024.

“As an Austin-based company, we’re proud to be a part of the Hutto community,” said Mitch Roberts, founder and CEO of EVO Entertainment Group. “Hutto’s rapid growth and recognition as a great place to raise a family is in perfect alignment with our strategic growth initiatives for 2023 and beyond.”

The new venue will include eight theaters, 10 bowling lanes and 7,200 feet of gaming, attractions and virtual reality. It will also feature a bar-lounge area, patio and private event space. It will be located off of US Highway 79 near SH 130.

Hutto city leaders say the $25 million project is estimated to create at least 40 full-time equivalent jobs in the area. Additionally, City of Hutto Economic Development Director Bob Farley reported that the project is estimated to produce $3 million in sales tax revenue per year. That's about a 25% increase over current sales tax revenues in Hutto – in addition to producing property tax revenue. 

"Together with City leaders, the Hutto Economic Development Corporation promised our community we’d bring them a major venue for all-ages of entertainment, and we delivered," said Farley. "EVO is the perfect partner to kick off a new wave of strategic growth that will benefit the quality of life of the Hutto community for many years to come."

To celebrate the monumental occasion, Hutto City Hall placed search lights outside its building to raise awareness of the new "starring attraction."

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