Best Dine-In Movie Theaters Slideshow
July 8, 2013
These theaters are offering dinner and a movie all in one place
10) Nitehawk Cinema: Brooklyn, NY
Nitehawk Cinema is the original New York dine-in movie theater, offering great movies with even better food. The theater serves local beers and handcrafted cocktails as well as dishes inspired by the movies themselves. Their unique signature series offer movies with menus that are specifically tailored for the screening. For example, the first weekend of every month is "Country Brunchin’," when the theater has live country music from local bands, screens a classic Western movie, and offers a menu of Southern favorites like chicken-fried steak.
9) Flix Brewhouse: Round Rock, TX
This spot is both a microbrewery and a theater, and it's the only first-run movie theater in the country to incorporate a fully functioning brewery into the movie-going experience. The theater serves craft beer, six of which are their own as well as 40 other draught beers. The menu includes bar food like chicken wings, pizza, and sandwiches, as well as a variety of desserts like Creole Cream Cheese Cake. No ticket is required to enter, so visitors do have the option of dining in the microbrewery without catching a flick — but where's the fun in that?
8) Hollywood Blvd.: Woodridge, IL
Serving the greater Chicago area, this theater describes its food as "elevated pub-grub," and offers dishes like shrimp cocktails and pork sandwiches. The lobby has a bar, so guests can drink while they wait to be seated or enjoy some of their famous popcorn tossed with real butter, not fake butter syrup. The menu is extensive, offering appetizers (called previews), sandwiches, wraps, pizza, desserts, and crepes. The menu items are named after movies, like the Godfather’s Garlic Cheese Breadsticks.
7) Village Roadshow Gold Class
With locations in Australia and several states in the U.S., this Australia-based company takes luxurious dining and movie-watching to another level. With fully reclining seats, personal waiter service, and a full-service bar, these theaters allow movie-goers to truly indulge. Each location features a different menu, but options range from tacos to a red beef curry with potatoes and jasmine rice. Many of the dishes are also locally sourced and organic.
6) Bagdad Theater and Pub: Portland, OR
In the vibrant Hawthorne District of Portland, Ore., this theater was one of the first in the country to serve food during screenings. The theater, which originally opened in 1927, has Middle Eastern décor and ushers dressed in Arabian-style uniforms. All of the food is made from local ingredients and made onsite, including classics like pizza, burgers, and sandwiches. During the movie, guests can enjoy beer and pizza, but for a larger meal, guests can dine in the pub in front of the theater. Notable menu items are the Alehouse fish and chips (made with wild Alaskan cod and served with buttermilk coleslaw) and the West African rice bowl (composed of spicy peanut tomato sauce, vegetables, and brown rice).
5) Foreign Cinema: San Francisco, CA
Opened in 1999, this restaurant-theater hybrid offers a daily changing California/Mediterranean-inspired menu. It's located in the heart of the Mission District, and viewers at this go-to date spot can come in the evening for dinner or for brunch on the weekends. Foreign and independent films are screened in the covered outdoor courtyard, where visitors can enjoy their meal. This restaurant is not serving standard movie-theater food — the menu changes every day, but is often composed of an oyster and shellfish bar in addition to starters and main dishes, regularly featuring fresh fish.
4) Alamo Drafthouse
The first screen was put up in this draft house in 1997. Since then, the theater has grown to serve drinks and food to local movie-goers, and there are now various locations throughout Austin. The menu features "adult shakes," or alcoholic shakes, like the Irish Coffeeshake (Baileys Irish cream, vanilla ice cream, and coffee). The menus vary by chef and location, but many feature salads, pizzas, and burgers, along with snacks like wings or fried pickles.
3) Asheville Brewery: Asheville, NC
This brewery and theater in one opened in 1995 and has since expanded to three locations. The company claims to be a "kid-friendly brewery," and their production brewery running seven days a week. Movie tickets are just $3 a piece, and guests can enjoy their award-winning pub food while they watch. Offering sandwiches, pizza, salads, and quesadillas (most named after movies), this theater has something both parents and kids will enjoy. Their house specialty is the Popeye’s Spinach Burger, a spiced spinach patty covered in sautéed mushrooms and onions, Swiss cheese, and a special sauce.
2) Central Cinema: Seattle, WA
This theater offers a full menu and waiter service, all from comfortable sofa seating. Everything is made fresh to order and the theater even serves organic popcorn with real butter. The theater has a happy hour daily, which has specials on food and drinks, and there are a number of seasonal craft cocktails available. The menu features a variety of sandwiches, pizzas, and desserts. Notable plates are the braised short ribs and the savory curry and rice.
1) The Theaters At Canal Place: New Orleans, LA
Formerly an art-house cinema, this theater underwent renovations and now visitors can watch blockbusters and indie movies while dining on Mediterranean-inspired dishes by chef Adolfo Garcia of Gusto Café & Bar, which is next to the theaters. The menu offers small plates served with flatbreads, like the Chef’s Platter (Caponata Siciliana, marinated olives, hummus, tzatziki, and herbed ricotta). The chef also takes popcorn to another level, serving specialty popcorns like Parmigiano and black pepper popcorn, white truffle oil popcorn, and lemon and garlic popcorn.