UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
With 41 of its 250 beers available on tap, Barley & Hops pours a wide selection of suds to accompany its lengthy, European-style pub menu. Beneath the exposed-beam ceilings of the Old World-y restaurant, patrons succeed starters of gravy-smothered fries ($5) and scotch eggs ($5.99) with slurps of brews from Belgium, England, and Germany. Two flat-screen TVs in the main dining room and three in the ancillary draft room showcase sports, inspiring nearby diners to slam dunk small fish 'n' chips entrees ($12.99) into a neighbor's Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA ($10.99) to claim new ownership. Refreshing gulps of the Ballast calico amber ($6.99) balance out bites of the shepherd's pie ($12.99), whose beefy interior has proven to be the perfect tool for attracting angry, vegetarian sheep.
Though Panini & Hops may be called a fusion restaurant, it is not because the chefs blended two different cuisines. It's because the restaurant itself is a fusion of two prior endeavors, the Belgian?centric beer store Barley & Hops and the food truck, Paninis on Wheels. By joining up together, they two restaurants have created a single spot where guests can sip on more than 100 varieties of local and Belgian beers while sampling one of the house's unique paninis. These include everything from a cross-section of Thanksgiving fixings to meatballs in a red sauce or veggies with pesto. In addition, chefs can turn any of these paninis into thin-crust pizzas to make dishes more easily sharable without just uninviting everyone else at a table.
As soon as they've hatched, the newest Hollywood movies have a home on Tristone Cinemas' screens. First they arrive at Terra Vista 6 Cinemas and Jurupa 14 Cinemas, a location that also houses a lounge pouring out beer and wines. After the flicks have thoroughly entertained eyes at both theaters, they move to Tristone's three other movie houses. But Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas, Simi Valley 10 Cinemas, and Temeku Cinemas don't just specialize in second-run showings?they also present the occasional classic film in its twenty-fifth, fiftieth, or three-hundredth showing.
It’s always a party at House Bar & Grill, an upscale American restaurant that transforms into a hopping nightlife spot as the evening sails forward. In the early evening, candlelit tables and a roaring fireplace lend a cozy-and-intimate feel to the dining room as servers flit between suede booths carrying trays laden with juicy burgers, marinated steaks, and thick-cut fries. After eight o’clock, however, the restaurant pulses with a DJ or live music, including dueling pianos and fist-fighting bassoons.