Watching a movie gives audiences a chance to capture that moment’s resonant je ne sais quoi, which is French for “popcorn smell.” Rejoice in artful concessions with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get a movie outing for two at Majestic Bay Theatres (up to a $37.50 value). The outing includes:
- Two tickets to any movie (up to a $10.50 value each)
- Two large drinks (a $4.75 value each)
- One large popcorn (a $7 value)
Continuing an 80-year tradition of sliver screenings started during its past life as the Bay Theatre, Majestic Bay Theatres—the best movie theater in Seattle Magazine’s Best of: Reader’s Choice 2011—melds state-of-the-art equipment with the architectural allure of a vintage movie house. Peepers searching for the latest action flick or rollicking comedy can scan the triplex theater’s schedule of notable talkies, including the action-packed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and the upcoming Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton vehicle Joyful Noise. Dolby Digital Surround EX audio systems wash cinephiles in cascades of crystal-clear sound waves unknown in the still, soundless desert of the real world, and plush stadium seats embrace bodies tenderly without obscuring sight lines.
Mahogany wainscoting and granite counters outfit the interior in the Northwest’s brand of nautical-influenced vintage glamour, illuminated by soft beams falling from fused-glass fixtures created by a local artist. The fragrance of real butter wafts up from the triplex’s larger theater on the first floor to the more intimate screening rooms above, luring in willing noses and repelling zombie Fabios away from the lobby.