Watching a show before or after dinner is the most exciting way to liven up a meal, next to juggling silverware at the table or paying the violinists to play the entire Black Sabbath catalogue. Delve into an entertaining meal with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a dinner and movie package at Ellice Café & Theatre (a $30 total value). The package includes:
- $20 worth of café fare and drinks during dinner, which starts at 4 p.m.
- Two movie tickets (a $10 value)<p>
Beneath local hanging artwork, visitors to Ellice Café & Theatre dine on homemade café fare as they view family-friendly films inside a nonprofit community theatre. Pre- and post-show diners can tear into the eatery’s signature meatloaf ($11.49), which refuels empty body tanks alongside mashed potatoes that, like Mr. Potato Head after a shower, are drenched in gravy. Sandwich construction crews pile two beef patties onto the bravo burger ($9.99) and layer shaved corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese over the rye foundation of The Ellice reuben 2.0 ($6.99). Hands reach to pull slices from a selection of 10-inch house-made pizzas, including a specialty luau pie adorned in ham and pineapple ($12.99). Between bites, eaters can sip single ($1.59) or bottomless ($3.29) cups of locally roasted Wellington Fine coffee to wake their brain’s switchboard operator.
For a side of entertainment, guests peruse Ellice’s event calendar to check the showtimes for an ever-changing lineup of films. Theatregoers can view a double feature of the holiday classics Miracle on 34th Street and It’s A Wonderful Life, or search offstage for the puppeteers controlling the animated characters of films such as Rango and Shrek. Though dinner must be redeemed in one visit, customers can split their two movie tickets between multiple showings.