Before pairing dinner and a movie, traditional first dates generally consisted of lunch and a trip to the gun range or a hot-dog eating contest and a ride on a tilt-a-whirl. Enjoy relaxing social activity with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of casual American fare at Northwood Cinema Grill. Movie admission is not included in this Groupon and costs $6 for shows before 6 p.m. for children ages 3–10 and seniors over 55; regular adult admission is $8 for shows starting at 6 p.m. or later.
Northwood Cinema Grill one-ups traditional date nights by infusing a digital movie theater with a sit-down eatery's comfort and full menu. Before shows begin, diners can chatter with friends at round tables or countertop seating stacked atop tiered levels as a wait staff brings appetizers and conveys the menu through complex shadow puppetry. Then the silver screen lights up with a blockbuster, and diners distract their mouths with a veggie pizza, which groans under a heap of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and green peppers ($7.25 small; $12.25 large). Mozzarella and marinara sauce blanket the chicken parmesan snuggled into a pillowy sub ($8.75), and bacon cheeseburgers ($8.75) augment action scenes and make for aerodynamic torpedoes to launch at imposing villains. Final credits herald the beloved Chocolate Confusion cake's ($4.50) happy gastronomic ending.