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The Austin Film Society will open its own arthouse theater in the space formerly known as Marchesa Hall and Theater (6226 Middle Fiskville Road) in early May, and is bringing in a chef with an impressive resume to guide their food and beverage offerings.

Chef Jorge Hernández, who has previously served as chef de cuisine at Qui and executive sous chef for José Ramón Andrés at Minibar in Washington D.C., will oversee the menu creation and executive at the AFS Cinema.

Chef Jorge Hernandez will oversee the menu at AFS’s new movie theater. (Tom McCarthy Jr. FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The menu, which will riff on cinema classics, will include sustainably raised pork hot dogs; cheese and charcuterie plates; small-batch, heirloom popcorn; and local veggies with house-made dips. The food will be counter-service style, with guests allowed to take their food into the theater or eat outside of the screening salon. The full-service bar will serve beer, wine and cocktails like a rum and Coke made with smoked gum syrup.

“Watching a great film, talking about it with friends afterwards, it’s such a great way to create memories. We want the food and drink to reinforce that experience,” said Jorge Hernández . He continues, “we don’t think your theater fare should be a stale afterthought, and at AFS it definitely won’t be.”