First-run movies, including 3-D and family films, light up the screens at Republic Theatre Group, LLC's six locations in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Concession stands attract nostrils and stomachs alike with fragrant popcorn, taste-bud-tickling candy, and canteens of soda.
Movie Tavern transfixes one's taste buds and imagination by blending all-digital cinema with premium seating and sit-down dining. Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to showtime, so that they can leisurely peruse an extensive menu of chef-inspired American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. Nimble and 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. At select locations, guests can opt to sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the bar before heading in to see a show. Audiences get to enjoy first-run films every week, retro cinema every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and breakfast food paired with early morning movies on Saturday and Sunday. While geared toward adults, the family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies along with film-inspired dishes. Guests can head to the bar or straight to the movie without ordering food, giving them some latitude in shaping their night out.
Additionally, Movie Tavern treats audiences to myriad benefits with their membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free movie ticket on the spot and one free ticket every year on their birthday, as well as invites to screenings and other special events.
Bones Theatre projects first-run flicks onto epic screens to bring even more epic stories to life. A pair of tickets (up to a $17 total value) allows duos to find out whether Lassie is able to land the plane safely while enjoying the unobstructed views provided by stadium seating, the thundering sounds of Dolby Digital, and a medium bucket of fresh-popped popcorn (a $4 value). Bones Theatre also offers MoPix technology so that hearing- or vision-impaired cineastes can take part in the moviegoing experience. Although not included in today's Groupon, the theater hosts a full-service concession with an array of sips and snacks and features arcade games for pre- or postmovie enjoyment.
Located in downtown Indianapolis's White River State Park in a building crafted from Indiana materials, the Indiana State Museum houses more than 540,000 cultural and natural-history items—collected since the museum’s founding in the early 1800s—as well as hands-on exhibitions to highlight the Hoosier State’s most fascinating stories. The Odd Indiana exhibit showcases an assortment of oddities tied to local history, from a homemade booby-trap gun to a hair ball from the stomach of a cow. In the Indiana Realities: Regionalist Painting 1930–1945 gallery, guests view 37 original paintings composed by local artists. The museum’s crowd-pleasing permanent exhibitions include the oft-explored Native Americans display, featuring a wigwam and ancient tools, and the American Originals exhibit, which pays tribute to famous Hoosiers, such as Kurt Vonnegut, Tony Stewart, David Letterman, and virtually every king of France.
Tibbs Drive-In Theater blissfully blends the nostalgic with the neoteric, projecting current blockbusters across four motor-moseying screens. Movie whizzes can comfortably plop lawn La-Z-Boys in front of vehicles to enjoy back-to-back features as the soundtrack streams through their FM car radio, stereo, or a boom-box-equipped John Cusack. Whether laughing through a lighthearted wartime drama or crying through The Land Before Time XXVI: Still No Time, flick catchers can chow through their emotions with a bite from the theater's snack bar, which boasts a scrumptious view-enhancing selection that includes sandwiches, pizza, fresh-baked pretzels, and caramel-apple chips alongside the traditional candy and popcorn.
As an independently run cinema, Movie Buff Theatre enjoys a freedom that helps keep prices low and schedules flexible, letting them opt out of screening PSAs on recommended candy-bar consumption levels. Fourteen screens flicker with first-run films, indie hits, and family favorites. They also regularly host midnight showings of recent box-office hits. For the younger set, the theater offers free children's films on Wednesdays in the summer. At the concession stand, moviegoers enjoy bottomless popcorn and sodas.