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SLIDESHOW: The Spot, a 36,000-square-foot entertainment complex that includes movie theaters and 10-pin bowling, is scheduled to open in September. This series of artists’ renderings was released in May.


San Marcos-based EVO Entertainment Group won approval this week of a permit to serve alcohol at its new six-screen, dine-in movie theater. The facility is scheduled to open this fall in a repurposed former Target store.

Also featuring a restaurant, bar, arcade and bowling center, The Spot will occupy about 36,000 square feet of Springtown Center, a sprawling strip center left mostly vacant since 2009 when big box anchor tenants relocated to newer developments in south San Marcos. Occupancy has rebounded from less than 11 percent to about 46 percent since Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate Group bought Springtown Center in late 2014. Major new tenants include Gold’s Gym and Chuy’s Fine Tex-Mex Restaurant.

The San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission voted 7-0 to approve EVO Entertainment’s application for a conditional use permit to sell drinks at The Spot between 11 a.m. and midnight Sunday through Wednesday and between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The facility will have a fixed seating capacity of 564 indoors and 46 outdoors.

The Spot is tentatively scheduled to open in September. The building is designed by the Atlanta-based 5G Studio architecture firm.

In addition to The Spot, EVO Entertainment Group owns and operates the 12-screen Starplex Cinema in San Marcos, the 14-screen Creekside Cinemas in New Braunfels and the 11-screen Evo Entertainment in Kyle. The company closed its three-screen Showplace Theater in downtown San Marcos in November.

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