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.
American Style Ballroom's founder Patric Didier has light tripped his way to a couple of Indiana Classic wins, a few gigs dancing for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and several commercial appearances. When he's not coaching professional competitive dancers, Patric teaches budding dancers of all skill levels how to gracefully hit the floor. Along with co-owner Jeanne Cross—a veteran instructor with more than 30 years of experience—the light-footed duo and its team lead private and group lessons at the studio's two locations. Students of any skill level pound the boards in styles ranging from raucous swing to elegant Viennese waltz to the slightly less elegant Viennese waltz on stilts. American Style Ballroom also hosts practice dance parties to give guests a chance to air out their new moves.
When the Continental Basketball Association went under in 2001, Fort Wayne was without a minor league basketball franchise for six years. Taking the place of the CBA?s Fort Wayne Fury and rescuing countless basketballs from unemployment lines, the Mad Ants arrived as the NBA Developmental League affiliates of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons?an organization that was originally founded in Fort Wayne. Despite its freshness, the franchise became an instant link to the city?s history when fans chose the Mad Ants moniker as a salute to Fort Wayne?s namesake, General ?Mad? Anthony Wayne. Since entering the D League, the Mad Ants have added four more NBA affiliates, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic.
Northwood Cinema Grill one-ups traditional date nights by infusing a digital movie theater with a sit-down eatery's comfort and full menu. Before shows begin, diners can chatter with friends at round tables or countertop seating stacked atop tiered levels as a wait staff brings appetizers and conveys the menu through complex shadow puppetry. Then the silver screen lights up with a blockbuster, and diners distract their mouths with a veggie pizza, which groans under a heap of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and green peppers ($7.25 small; $12.25 large). Mozzarella and marinara sauce blanket the chicken parmesan snuggled into a pillowy sub ($8.75), and bacon cheeseburgers ($8.75) augment action scenes and make for aerodynamic torpedoes to launch at imposing villains. Final credits herald the beloved Chocolate Confusion cake's ($4.50) happy gastronomic ending.
Dance NY Style's cadre of instructors incorporates calisthenics and music to channel the unbridled dynamism of toddlers in fun-filled capering classes. The instructors in the TGI Playday session shepherd flocks of younglings with the ease of a border collie baby-sitter through 2.5-hours of dance, arts and crafts, stories, and snacks. Alternatively, the Toddler Time Dance—designed for toddlers ages 2 and up—melds creative gesticulations with auditory stimulation to hatch incubating creativity. Props and stories help kids stay in character during imagination dance routines with such themes as Princess Cinderella Going to the Ball and Pirates of the Caribbean. Reservations for either activity must be made 24 hours in advance. Call for the most current schedule and to book your appointment.