A man from Indianapolis recently moved to Plano, Texas, and was looking for a unique idea to bring to the area. Eric Lankford decided to open a pop-up shop movie theatre designed to bring your dog along for a movie. It was such a huge success, two months later, Eric moved his cinema into a permanent location.

The K-9 Cinemas opened in December of 2018 in Plano, Texas. According to their Instagram page, it’s the first dog-friendly cinema around. Eric is a dog lover and enjoys bringing his Australian Eskimo named Bear places with him. The cinema boasts all you can drink wine, along with a movie and a place for your dog to socialize, at a very reasonable price. For an adult admission ticket of $15, a person can bring up to two dogs, see a movie, and either enjoy limitless wine or up to four glasses of whiskey.

For movie-goers under the age of 21, the theatre offers all you can drink sodas. And, if you choose not to drink anything, admission is free! Dogs are $5 admission; however, you don’t have to have a dog to see a movie.

There are a few rules when attending the K-9 Cinemas. Dog owners must bring a copy of their dog’s medical records (or upload a copy on the cinema’s website.) Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs and must take them outside for bathroom breaks. Finally, owners must keep their dogs on leashes, except in the free play areas.

The theater has big, comfy red sofas to lounge on, can seat up to 30 people, and has plenty of room for the dogs. It features older movies only, all family-friendly and many dog-related. The movie theater also has several themed nights owners can participate in and socialize with their dogs.

Credits: K9 Cinemas website

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Chloe Roper
As a little girl living in the country side without many neighbors, my dog Sostee became my best friend. We shared an immense bond and I fell in love with these loving, beautiful and wonderful creatures. I knew from a tender age that I wanted to work with animals. I worked at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana for a few years, and have experience with a variety of dogs and cats. When I’m not working as semi-retired Assistant Administrator in a Home Health Care Agency in Merrillville Indiana, I am a grandma frolicking with my active grandchildren and my sweet dog, Kresi.


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