Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
When the neon curlicues above its marquee first lit up in 1916, the Capitol Theatre promised Macon residents the finest movie-going experience available, with cozy leather seats and a gold-fiber screen. After shutting down in 1976, the theater languished for 30 years, suffering from water damage and neglect until renovation began in 2003, restoring the space to its former glory. Brass-banisters encircle the wrap-around balconies above the venue’s open floor, dotted with cabaret-style tables and seats occupied by frugal 1920s ghosts still trying to get their 15-cents worth from their original admission.
The Edge 14 theater projects new releases onto the silver screen in high style with luxurious facilities and delectable snacks. Cinephiles can choose from any of the shows playing on the eight screens—including 3-D flicks—taking care of any last minute Oscar catch-up or continuing an unbroken 14-year boycott of all nominated films due to the 70th Academy Awards' snubbing of Con Air's "How Do I Live" for Best Original Song. Dip your mandibles into a large popcorn, included with your tickets, and purchase a self-serve drink replete with free refills. Once tickets and snacks have been procured, film lovers repair to the opulent auditoriums, sinking into fully reclining seats for optimum viewing comfort or—for those who can only fall asleep when surrounded by bright lights and loud noises—a comfortable napping spot for hyper-realistic dream sequences.
The Private I Club hosts events for up to 200 people, deftly matching its style to that of its clients. Inside the club, a large banquet hall houses either tables or a dance floor, abutting a richly furnished, fully equipped bar. Windows provide views of the next-door neighbor and the swimming pool, which stretches from indoors to out. The rest of the 5 acres boasts scenic greenery and plenty of parking for guests.
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.
Led by bruisers Josh Smith and Al Horford, the Hawks look to build on six straight seasons of improvement. With six games to choose from, fans have a chance to break free from the confines of living-room fandom and send decibels to quaking heights in Philips Arena. Scream yourself hoarse as veteran point guard Mike Bibby duels with Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets on January 21, or clap your hands raw as the Hawks take on Amare Stoudemire's New York Knicks on January 28. Seats in the 100-level afford detailed views of fancy ball-handling and expert referee whistle-work, while ticketholders in the 300 sections are safely beyond the perspiring-player splash zone.