It was June 1, 1950 when the screens first lit up at Dependable Drive-In. And although film stars have changed over the years, the spirit of the movies has stayed as strong as it was on that long-ago summer day. Families and friends still pull into drive-in and select one of the first-run features showing on its four screens. As the action unfolds, Dolby Sound comes pulsing through the car, truck, or pumpkin carriage's own stereo system.
At the snack bar, friendly staffers serve up a menu as timeless as the drive-in's old-fashioned speakers (which have been made into nostalgic clocks available for customer purchase). Hot dogs, nachos, root beer floats, and other favorites all pair perfectly with movies about alien invasions or just one 90-minute shot of Keanu Reeve looking really intense.
Arena's Performing Arts Centre offers a variety of classes for inner and outer children alike. Adults can choose fitness ($8 for a drop-in class) and 10-week dance classes (starting at $110 for 45-minute classes) from a summer schedule that includes zumba, tap aerobics, ballet tech, pointe, pre-pointe, and kickboxing. For kids, summer camps such as Camp Rock and Blues ($100) and Arena's Best Dance Crew ($125) teach boogie-ready anklebiters the joy and discipline of dance. Or surprise your mini-me with a themed birthday party at Arena's. Monthly tuition for gymnastics and musical-theater classes starts at $40. The friendly instructors at Arena's are experienced, patient, and willing to work with all age and skill levels.
Every weekend, Twin Hi-Way Drive-In’s dual screens come to life with double-feature showings from a schedule of current films. Viewers tune their radios to the audio track’s frequency, directly transmitting the movie’s dialogue and soundtrack to their car, or fiddle with the knob to recast Ira Glass as the lead in Die Hard. The concession stand dispenses movie-night treats, such as hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas. On Saturdays, the drive-in hosts classic-car shows, where owners can show off their ’67 Mustang or their ’66 GTO.
Inside Mike’s Place, a relaxed setting dotted with sports paraphernalia and a pool table, classic Italian-American recipes meet standard bar eats. As guests alternate bites of homemade lasagna and jumbo wings doused in 1 of 10 sauces, bartenders keep glasses brimming and campaign-finance-reform discussions to a minimum. On Friday nights, live musicians and DJs take center stage.
Over 30 different flavors of tobacco waft through the air inside Heavenly Hookah Lounge, ranging from Caramel Apple to Gumball to Tiger's Blood. Friends can relax with single-hose through six-hose hookahs, which can also hold hydro tobacco and nicotine-free flavors.
Located in the heart of the Southside for four years, Local Bar + Kitchen's chefs have crafted a brand new menu, where you'll find locally-sourced produce and meats from Tom Friday's Market and and homemade pierogies from Cop Out Pierogies in Etna, PA amongst a variety of appetizers, salads, wings, sandwiches, burgers, and rustic flatbread pizzas. Local's pierogie fresca, for example, tosses potato and cheddar or spinach and feta pierogie with saut?ed red onion, sundried tomatoes, kale and lotus.
Take a stroll amid the dining room's brick walls or up to its rooftop deck, and you'll see an edible rainbow of similarly inventive American fare: a grilled cheese with boursin, havarti, gruyere, brie and American cheese, burgers topped with bacon deep fried in an Arsenal cider batter or beer cheese and jalape?os, and towers of wings with over a dozen dipping sauces. Brunch time brings stuffed french toast and even more sandwiches piled high with fried eggs and veggies. Local Bar + Kitchen also offers a variety of specials throughout the week, including wing night on Wednesdays, half-price bottle of wine on Thursdays, and half price happy hour, where all drinks and select appetizers are half off from 5 p.m.?7 p.m. Monday?Friday.