So, its mid-afternoon and the girls have just gone to spend the remainder of the day with Auntie. (Shout out to my sis Ayana for coming to relieve me of my motherly duties.) Hubs is on his XBOX and I’m twiddling my thumbs trying to overcome the overwhelming impulse to clean. But then we turn to each other with that look in our eyes. You know the look…The We-Don’t-Have-Any-Kids-So-Let’s-Do-Something look. So that’s exactly what we did. We headed out to the movies. What? What did you think I was gonna say? *adjusts halo*
My husband, Dallas, heard about this great new alternative to traditional movie theaters called Dine-In Theaters. These types of theaters allow you to order and openly eat food from the comfort of your seat. That means no more sneaking in huge bags of candy or huge hobo bags that make ticket takers raise a brow. As I did my research on them, I saw that there were many different styles, layouts and companies that make these new theaters. Our normal choices, AMC and Regal theatres, did not have a close location to us, but with more searching, (and a tweet on my timeline I noticed), we lucked up and found one near our house in Lansdale, PA.
The Movie Tavern is located at Providence Town Center in Collegeville, Pa. It’s the latest addition of attractions in the shopping mall, opening its doors in July, 2011. It’s the first here in Pennsylvania but with fifteen locations spanning across seven states, I’m sure it won’t be the last. Since I was expecting a luxury theater I was expecting luxury prices. But to my surprise, the grand total for two tickets to The Sitter was $17.50. Not bad. That’s about as much I would pay if I went to a regular theater, if not more. So, after paying for our tickets, I look to my immediate right where there is a full wet bar with patrons on stools under dim, romantic lighting. Yay! For pre-movie cocktails! College ball is on one of the two, forty inch TVs but, with that atmosphere, I’m sure the ladies barely noticed. There is also a dining area going the length of the bar.
We walked ahead to the ticket taker, and to the left of me stood a Margarita Bar. There they mix up your favorite smoothies and milkshakes. Impressive. Moving along we were greeted by two lovely young ladies, (which pertains to another observation-Movie Tavern at this location seems to be employed by mostly young adults.) No worries though, they were all respectable and friendly to us. One of the ladies handed Dallas and I menus, then showed us to our theater. Snazzy.
I must say, I was completely caught off guard by this theaters layout. I was pleasantly surprised by the roomy leather seats that made my waist sing of comfort. No more tussling around trying to get into the best position. Dallas immediately took note of the large cup holder and I of the immense spacing between the rows. Annoying seat kickers or even gum-poppers are a thing of the past! The seats have a cool swivel table, which oddly reminded me of grade school. The table had a lit button, allowing me to ‘page’ my waiter whenever I needed something. Nice.
The menu looked decent enough. As I scanned over it I saw it had plenty options for whatever mood you may be in. Choices from pitas and salads, and sandwiches like Club Wrap, Mediterranean Panini and Philly Cheesesteak to name a few; all ranging from $8.50 to $9.75. There was an awesome kids menu complete with Kraft Mac and Cheese (my daughters’ favorites), appetizers, burgers, pizzas and dessert possibilities to round it out. There’s also popcorn and candy if you want a more traditional preference. Drink options included Island Smoothies and custom milkshakes from aforementioned Margarita Bar. Also, soda, brewed tea, bottled water and even wine (red and white) for the age appropriate movie goer by the glass, $5.50-$9.00, or by the bottle, $16-$34. Now if chillin’ with a bottle of wine at a movie theater ain’t Hollywood, I don’t know what else is!
All in all our experience at the Movie Tavern was memorable and definitely has converted me from the traditional route. I will be coming back, most likely next Friday as we celebrate my daughter Aliyah’s 8th birthday. It’s a wonderful theater, great prices, even better service, and a good alternative for dates. I had a great time but more importantly it was lovely spending time with my hubby.
Other notables from the site
- We encourage guests to come 30 minutes early so they can select their seats and decide which chef-inspired appetizer, entrée’ or dessert they would like to enjoy. Do not worry we have popcorn and candy.
- Service during the movie is discreet and non-obtrusive.
- All digital protection with Real D 3D
- Corporate events and private parties available for booking.
- Weekday specials*
- Breakfast and A Flick at 9:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.*
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