At Northern Lights Theatre Pub, audience members sip riesling and sink forks into chicken breasts as movie families sit down to dinner on the silver screen. Cinema-goers order their meals before sitting down to watch second-run flicks, letting waiters ferry their pulled-pork burritos or Angus burgers right to their seats so they don’t miss a screen couple’s passionate first kiss, tender final embrace, or heartwarming jump from an exploding helicopter. In addition to finger foods, the chefs take their fare up a notch by layering personal pizzas with housemade sauce, sprinkling parmesan cheese and squeezing lemon juice over chicken breasts, and piling pineapple atop their banana splits. Before evening films light up the theaters, Northern Lights’ full-service bar kicks into gear, leading to age restrictions so that moviegoers can freely sip on-tap beers such as Blue Moon and Gilgamesh Mamba or wash down bites with chardonnay and shiraz. In addition to screening blockbuster movies, the theater pub’s three auditoriums occasionally show sports or host live shows such as standup comedy.
Capitol City Theater's trained improvisers pass down years of stage-earned experience during improvisational-comedy workshops. Fears about performing in public evaporate during two-hour classes as pupils invent scenes and play games that require them to act without scripts or the telepathic connection to William Shakespeare's ghost that guides most actors. During workshops, students master the basic tenets of improvisational comedy, such as saying "yes, and…" to everything, and take the first step toward joining Capitol City Theater's company of players and its main-stage ensemble. By combining risk taking with fast thinking, improv classes make interesting dates or help chronic jaywalkers construct more believable alibis.
David Minor Theater’s two large projection screens broadcast new releases, classics, and cult films, but there's just as much appeal happening off-screen. One example: the front row of Theater One, where a long spread of plush couches stands in for typical movie seats. Then, of course, there’s The Livingroom Theater, an aptly named 16-person screening room outfitted with recliners, couches, and state-of-the-art sound.
Other creature comforts abound. The theater serves apps and entrees from local restaurants such as Café Lucky Noodle, The Jackalope Lounge, and Granary Pizza, not to mention local and seasonal beers from Ninkasi and Hop Valley, all of which guests can enjoy inside the theater during the show. Moveable tables at the end of the aisles also make eating or folding laundry during films a breeze. Moviegoers can even text their food or drink order to a special number and have it brought to them so they don't miss any of the film.
Bijou Art Cinemas captivates audiences with a rotating lineup of foreign, independent, and classic films shown in charming and intimate theaters. Guests can stroll throughout the quaint exterior, enjoying the 1920s mission-style architecture and open-air courtyard before entering the newly updated lobby to peruse a selection of locally sourced snacks and distribute home-recorded VHS tapes of Alf. Matinee and general-admission showings feature films from a variety of genres including dramas, documentaries, and thrillers, whereas late-night screenings diverge toward horror flicks and cult classics like The Room. Though not included in this Groupon, Bijou Art Cinemas hosts numerous special events, such as interactive screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show ($10) and a silent-movie remake of High School Musical performed by mice. Customers can check the website for an updated schedule of movies and showtimes.