barton creek mall

What Happens If Barton Creek Mall Closes?

Sep 1, 2015
Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT

In some U.S. cities, shopping malls are a thing of the past. For the malls that are surviving, about one-fifth have vacancy rates that experts consider "troubling.”

Austin's own Highland Mall went that way: It recently closed and was converted into a community college campus. But what about the city's other big indoor mall?

Update:  It’s worth noting Eanes ISD briefly locked down all its buildings earlier today, in relation to the call at Barton Creek. A statement on the district’s website reads:

“While law enforcement has informed us that the incident is contained to the mall and our students are in no danger, we have taken the precaution of putting the Adult Transition Services building, Cedar Creek Elementary, Hill Country Middle School and Westlake High School on lockdown.”

The top-ranked comment on a Reddit thread discussing the Barton Creek scare is from a parent at Hill Country Middle School. “They made her scared for her life, even though they were told it was totally isolated to the mall which is like a mile away at least.” (Some language may not be safe for work.)

Graphic courtesy IMAX

Austin will soon have a second IMAX movie screen. The AMC Barton Creek Square 14 theater will add one of the ultra-large screens later this year. The change comes about a year after IMAX and AMC announced a new partnership to add between 15 and 25 new IMAX style screens around the country.