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This past weekend I went to see The Jungle Book with my niece. She wanted to see it at a local "dine-in" theater so we could have dinner and watch the movie. I had never been to a dine-in theater before, go I decided to give it a try.

NEVER AGAIN!

First of all, the charge an extra $4 per person compared to the regular theater. Then you have to order off their limited menu of pretty lousy fare, all of which was over-priced (not including the requisite tip for your server). And you have to eat in the dark during the movie. Plus, you have the constant distractions of the servers going up and down the aisles during the movie. It's not like The Jungle Book is the kind of movie that requires your undivided attention, but it was pretty annoying nevertheless.

Like I said, never again. Eating a meal during the movie does nothing to enhance the experience at all. It doesn't improve on the meal, it doesn't improve on the movie.

But the movie was very good, even though the food sucked.
 

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That was a funny clip Sauron. What did it have to do with my post?
 

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Personally, I hate it when they serve the sizzling fajitas and flaming baked alaska during Schindler's List.

Kinda ruins the mood.
 

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"Luxury" movie theaters are all the rage around DC. Expensive, but usually have nice big seats. It is also nice to get a beer and a sandwich during the show (that you didn't have to sneak in).
 

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We have whats called "Gold Class" here, went a while back and while it's quite well done, I can't remember what we saw, but kept it simple on the food side, got wedges, a beer and mud cake... all that or the two of us, $150. Luckily we had been give vouchers, normally spend $30 for the two of us to go to the movies.
 

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Now the theater with the drink service north of the city isn't so bad (Alamo? I forget the name.) Saw Mad Max with some cocktails, not bad. I think they also have food, but we didn't need that much.

"Everything is amazing" LOL indeed!! :p Just last night, I was thinking about how the women who were on the show Frontier House (where a family spends a year living like original American homesteaders) came back and kissed their washing machines :lol: So I can't get too grumpy about doing laundry!
 

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To each his own. I like dine-in theaters occasionally, having a reserved seat is a plus and the convenience of eating dinner without worrying about timing of getting to the movie. Usually we arrive a few minutes early so we aren't eating in the dark. And food quality is ok where I go.
 

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there's an Alamo dinner-theater near me...tried it a few times. don't see the appeal.

food was pretty meh and spendy. and yeah, it's very hard to immerse yourself in the story when waiters are running up and down the aisles delivering stuff thru the entire film. listening to the person next to you chomping and slurping didn't enhance the experience either.

I prefer to just get the Netflix version and eat / drink at home. much better fare, showtimes at my discretion, and WAY cheaper...
 

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How much is Netflix these days? Last time I had it, the cost was $5/month or so, then it went up and it's going up again.

Would love to ditch overpriced cable, but we have some sort of bundled internet/ phone deal along with it.
 

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How much is Netflix these days? Last time I had it, the cost was $5/month or so, then it went up and it's going up again.
my 'grandfathered' account gives me 2 DVD selections per month for ~$5. had free streaming for awhile but they wanted to start charging for it, so I opted out of that. not sure what their current rates are...

works perfectly for me...a movie, home-made pizza, and some top-shelf cocktails costs about $12-15...way less than the $37 I spent at Alamo.
 

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The one I've gone to is fairly good, the food isn't great, but is decent, and not any more expensive than a restaurant that would be near a Theatre, though they still do over charge on soft drinks and popcorn, they serve drinks as well, though I don't drink, don't think they charge more for drinks than you would expect from a decent bar. The ticket prices are about the same as most regular theaters, nicer bigger seats, and no little kids either. It is good idea to get there plenty early to get a good seat and start your order, went on Valentines day to see Hail Ceasar with a friend and it was packed when we got there, and couldn't get a good seat.
 

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... it's very hard to immerse yourself in the story when waiters are running up and down the aisles delivering stuff thru the entire film. listening to the person next to you chomping and slurping didn't enhance the experience either...
THIS.

I go to a movie to IMMERSE MYSELF IN THE MOVIE. Eating is a distraction, servers would be a distraction, noise from other meal eaters would be a distraction. (P.S. Notice how most theater food (not the served menu) is "quiet food"? You don't have noisy packaging, potato chips, or Doritos, for example.)

I respect the OP's negative opinion of his experience and agree with his sentiments and I've never been to such a theater. But he should try to think of the bright side; he was a nice uncle and generously accommodated his niece's desire to see the movie at an eat-in theater. Grin and bear it. She's just a kid and likely had a different perception of the experience but appreciated her uncle all the more when it was over.
 

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THIS.

I go to a movie to IMMERSE MYSELF IN THE MOVIE. Eating is a distraction, servers would be a distraction, noise from other meal eaters would be a distraction. (P.S. Notice how most theater food (not the served menu) is "quiet food"? You don't have noisy packaging, potato chips, or Doritos, for example.)

I respect the OP's negative opinion of his experience and agree with his sentiments and I've never been to such a theater. But he should try to think of the bright side; he was a nice uncle and generously accommodated his niece's desire to see the movie at an eat-in theater. Grin and bear it. She's just a kid and likely had a different perception of the experience but appreciated her uncle all the more when it was over.
That is one intense movie watching experience.

I generally don't mind. It's just like watching a game at bar, but the lights are off.
 

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Reel Pizza Cinema in Bar Harbor, Maine used to be outstanding. Haven't been in years, though.
 

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I went to one of those places a while back to watch "Silence of the Lambs". For dinner they served fava beans and a nice chianti, along with some kind of meat I couldn't identify. It was fun.
 

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When we were in DC, we used to go to the Arlington Cinema and Draft House.

Don't remember the food, but the beer was good:)
Cinema and Draft house is great. They don't have the new releases, but show random old movies, have comedians, and other cool stuff.

We saw the founder of Dogfish Head brewery there with some wine lady. They passed out round after round of appetizers/small plates, each paired with a small glass of beer and wine. They told you what flavors and scents to look for in each. It was cool.

They are opening a location in DC proper.
 
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