During the Renaissance, it was considered scandalously inappropriate to eat while viewing romantic-comedy marionette shows or interpretive-lute and tambura performances based on Nicholas Sparks novels. Scoff at these outmoded sensibilities with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 toward admission, dinner, and drinks at the Cinema Grill in Aurora. This hybrid house of food and film was named Best Movie Theater Food by Westword and a must-have dining experience by 5280.
Before a trip to the Cinema Grill, check out the upcoming showtimes to see what's playing and to ensure you arrive in time to order. Admission is only $2.50 for matinees before 6 p.m. and $4 for evening shows. After grabbing a seat, making sure it’s firm enough, and then sitting in it, a friendly server will be dispatched with menu in hand. Start with an appetizer of chili-cheese fries ($8.99) or a 1-pound bucket of Buffalo wings ($8.99), which is also known as “the popcorn of the future.” Complement the latest big-screen offerings with a half-pound mushroom and Swiss burger and fries ($8.99), a festively filmlicious Hawaiian pizza topped with ham and pineapple (personal $9.49, large $16.49), or a chicken and shrimp skewer combo over rice ($11.99). Before the main character is revealed to be the apparition of the dead villain’s lost brother's wife, finish the feast with a vanilla sundae ($4.49), tiramisu ($4.99), or hot-fudge brownie sundae ($5.99).
The Cinema Grill takes the hassle, tradition, and travel out of dinner and a movie by providing dates and groups with all the ingredients of a good time. Mature audience members can put their Groupons toward an order of Cinema Grill's deliciously R-rated beverages. Treat a manly date to a strawberry mimosa ($4.99), coyly sip a chilly, satisfying mug of MGD ($2.99), or relive college days at the winery with a carafe of the house wine ($10.99). Even if the film features Keanu Reeves playing Nicolas Cage, the delicious cuisine and savory thirst quenchers ensure a successful night at the movies.
Though the establishment is highly family friendly, Cinema Grill has a strict 17-and-older-only policy for R-rated films. This Groupon is not valid toward half-price admission on Tuesdays.
A movie palace to its core, The Cinema Grill favors a vibrant color scheme rarely seen outside the early days of Technicolor. The lobby's multi-hued walls surround the checkerboard box office with bright yellows, blues, and purples, while neon curlicues on the ceiling beckon movie-goers toward their movie. The menu of American staples mirrors the colorful decor with glowing margaritas, desserts topped with maraschino cherries, quesadillas speckled with green peppers, and deep-fried rainbows. Once ensconced in their swivel chairs, guests bathe in the high-definition (and sometimes three-dimensional) glow of the silver screen as servers take food orders and keep eating areas laden with plates of buffalo wings and shrimp fettuccine alfredo. Beers, cocktails, or glasses of wine are also available.