At the dine-in movie theater Star Cinema Grill, concession stands are obsolete. By pressing a button, customers signal a server and are able to order restaurant-style without disrupting their viewing experience or screaming at an usher for a lobster bib. From angus sliders to ice-cream floats, Star Cinema Grill's menu appeases all ages with its gourmet-pub cuisine served amidst the glow of screenings and first-run film releases.
Santikos Silverado 19 IMAX has kept up with the latest advancements while still preserving the pleasures of the movie-going experience, though the establishment is still fine-tuning an electro-magnetic pulse that will disable phones from texting. Each theater features curved screens and digital projection and sound, ensuring a crisp, clear image with no more blinking black dots in the corner or irrational fears that the film will jam and release its CGI monsters into the real world. The only thing you will need to worry about is achieving perfectly timed restroom trips. Before, during, or after the flick, take advantage of the impressive concession area, replete with classic theater fare as well as more elegant options such as coffee, gelato, and restaurant-prepared complete meals, then burn off some calories by bustling your thumbs in the game room.
The Rumfolo family's blood seems to have mixed with oil somewhere in the past. It probably happened in the 1950s, when Walter Rumfolo founded the first incarnation of The Showboat Drive-in?a restaurant where his children worked throughout their teenage years. His children must have carried it with them, because today his grandchildren, Johnny and Chris, operate a drive-in movie theater by the same name. They've preserved the original venue's neighborly vibe and kept the family?s blood intertwined with car engines by employing Johnny's sons to sell tickets and run the projector. Today, the small-town ambiance has a much larger area to cover, and each of the theater's two jumbo screens steps up to the task by accommodating 400 cars full of spectators.
Guests park at dusk for a night at the movies?a full night, with double features painting the sky silver for hours. Audiences access the films' sound through their FM radios so that they don?t have to swipe a copy of the script and have their children read the parts. Together, families and dates can sit on lawn chairs, blankets, or inside the car as they lose themselves in the plot and munch concessions that range from burgers to candy and popcorn. The staff caters to viewers at any point during the films or intermission, providing a playground for restless youngsters and jumping cars if their batteries fizzle.
Sure, a bucket of popcorn and soda are great at a movie?but so are fresh slices of pizza, fried shrimp, and milkshakes. At Grand Avenue Theater, moviegoers can feast on those treats and others?including Starbucks coffees?while catching a flick or relaxing in the parlor area. But the luxuries don't end there, since each of the building's theaters feature crisp digital projection and comfy stadium seating. Most seating is by general admission, but viewers can also opt for reserved seating, which includes larger seats, more leg room, and guaranteed seat locations so nobody has to leave a cardboard cut-out of themselves when they get up to use the restroom.
The recently renovated Waco Square Premiere Cinema 6 projects second-run movies enhanced with digital DTS surround sound across six silver screens to fully enmesh patrons in cinematic sights and sounds. A schedule bursting with previously debuted flicks, such as The Help, Contagion, and The Smurfs provides eyeballs with stunning visuals, while popcorn, soda, and candies quell hunger and help quiet chatty mouth holes.
It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.
As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.