The motion-picture gurus at Mom and Pop's Westside Cinemas have been relaying Hollywood's latest films for eager cinephiles for more than a decade. Artifacts salvaged from 1985, the theater's old-school 33-millimeter projectors cast images onto three screens as crisp Dolby surround sound heightens movies' audio, allowing viewers to hear the cameraman's knees buckle in the presence of Clint Eastwood's glare. Films soon to grace the silver screen include the Justin Timberlake sci-fi thriller In Time, the comedic feature Tower Heist with Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller, and Puss in Boots, featuring a swashbuckling feline voiced by Antonio Banderas. After sliding into their seats for matinee or evening showtimes, visitors devour a mountainous washtub of popcorn that doubles as a toboggan when emptied. Though not included with today's Groupon, Mom and Pop's Westside Cinemas dispenses a variety of additional concessions, such as 44 oz. sodas ($4.75) and juicy franks from Nathan's Hot Dogs, and adorns its lobby with seven arcade games, including Ms. Pac Man.
Anyone active in Savannah’s theatre community in the 70s and 80s would likely have encountered Tom Coleman III, a director who began his career at the Savannah Young People’s Theatre. He produced and directed more than 200 shows in the ensuing 35 years, culminating in the founding of the Savannah Community Theatre. The company often produces shows by local playwrights, along with a weekly, pirate-themed murder mystery dinner show.
First opening its doors in 1818, the Savannah Theatre hosts a plethora of productions upon its well-seasoned stage. June's shows include Country Star Revue, a two-hour mosey through the past half-century of country-music hits. The festive performance features the twangy tunes of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Rascal Flatts, and Taylor Swift, belted out by a septet of denim-clad vocalists accompanied by a live band and a chorus of tap-dancing cowboy hats. Alternatively, audiences may take a tuneful trip in the wayback machine with The Beat Goes On. From the Age of Aquarius through the age of acid-washed jeans, this musical visits the memorable melodies from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and a few spots outside the space-time continuum. Check the schedule for performance dates and times.
Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with the high-definition imagery and digital soundscapes of first-run Hollywood movies. In each movie house, audiences get to rest easy in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or get thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. Soda, candy, and salty, crunchy popcorn are available in abundance at the concession stand, and can be used to bribe the projectionist into splicing in a happier ending.
At 9 Promenade, chef Thiago Cunha arrays sizable tapas dishes for communal dining alongside more than 20 specialty martinis. Nestled into pastry dough cradles, baked brie snuggles under blankets of balsamic and raspberry glaze, lulled into a false sense of security as grapes and walnuts hum rounds of soothing lullabies. Diners sink cuspids into a stuffed mushroom's made-to-order crab-cake core, or slather nine chicken wings in jalapeno cilantro, hot buffalo, or barbecue sauce. Hardworking jaws relax with sips of a Pineapple Upside Down Cake martini—a concoction of Stoli Vanil vodka, pineapple, and grenadine. For a serving of liquid dessert decadence, the Red Velvet martini blends Finlandia Redberry Vodka, Eristoff Sloe Berry vodka, cranberry juice, and Bailey's Irish Cream, resulting in sophisticated fruity tones best enjoyed while sprawled across the top of a baby grand in a silk robe.
During "Dinner Impossible Live," celebrity chef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Network's Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, peppers engaging cooking demos with video segments from his popular television shows. A large screen perched above the stage pours elaborate views of each dish into the audience, including detailed close-ups and a kiss cam for snuggling potatoes. As Chef Irvine tosses ingredients and cheerful banter, music and video content up the onstage drama. In each segment, a new and unique culinary challenge tests both the skills of the chef and resolve of his colander.
At Comedy Planet's monthly showcases of live standup comedy, nationally touring comics hold tight to their mics as they weather a storm of laughs inside the vortex of hipness that is The Wormhole. On May 5, the quick-witted Tim Kidd calls upon an eventful childhood marked by multiple run-ins with the law as he expresses his feelings toward authority through energetic, rib-tickling routines. His commanding stage presence and undeniable charisma culminates in his retelling of captivating life stories, tiptoeing on the line of edginess without ever resorting to vulgarity. Producing the show is Steve Hofstetter, a New York–based comedian and one of the original columnists of CollegeHumor.com. In an interview with SavannahNow.com, Hofstetter details his interest in helping harvest a comedy circuit in Savannah, where he had incorrectly surmised that the lush weeping willows and verdant spanish moss had siphoned the community's entire supply of funny.