Each of Cinetopia's locations adds a touch of luxury to the movie-watching experience, accenting stunning, lifelike projections of blockbusters with fine wine, a selection of local microbrews, fresh market-to-table cuisine, and plush, cozy seats.
At the Overland Park location, movies in the GXL theater light up a 75-foot wide, super-high-definition screen equipped with high-tech sound systems like Dolby Atmos. Hundreds of guests fully recline in its plush, oversized seats, which are steeply banked to maximize visibility. The living-room theater cultivates a more intimate atmosphere with full restaurant service and electric reclining leather seats, while the new movie parlor imitates a celebrity home screening room with its cozy "cuddle couches" and its top-of-the-line digital 7.1-channel surround sound. 18 LED screens dance with themed animations to complete the immersive experience.
With onsite waiters, patrons can order fresh food and drink during their movies. Viewers can also eat before or after in the on-site restaurants, where live musicians often serenade diners on weekends with tunes such as "I Love You Just The Way You Are (Full of Food)."
Did you know that, on average, 88% of the seats in a movie theater remain empty during a showing? According to the New York Times, this phenomenon really surprised Sean Wycliffe a few years back when he went to see the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech and shared the theater with only two other audience members. With all the focus on online video services, Sean realized movie theaters were being overlooked, and came up with a concept that could help movie houses fill their empty seats.
His brainchild became Dealflicks, a website that offers customers discounted tickets (sometimes with popcorn or soda) for same-day showings. Customers shop a selection of deals, each of which is specific to a particular film, theater, and showtime, and upon purchase, receive an email voucher they present at the theater's ticket counter. Dealflicks is partnered with theaters around the country, particularly independent and neighborhood venues, such as the treehouse of the enterprising kid down the street.
Vintage Market Days organizers Amy Scott and Dianna Brown discovered an interest in vintage bazaars at a young age. As a child, Dianna frequented neighborhood garage sales to find items that she repurposed into decorations for her "pretend house." Meanwhile, Amy visited the Tulsa Flea Market with her mother and great-aunt, who collected Depression glassware and helped her start her own vintage collections.
As adults, Amy and Dianna organize upscale vintage events several times a year at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Oklahoma. In turn, franchisees have brought these shopping extravaganzas to at least eight other states. Shoppers can examine architectural salvage, peruse vintage home-decor items, or drape themselves in clothing and jewelry from yesteryear so they won't stand out as a tourist on time-traveling trips. And to complement the vintage wares, vendors also sell original art and handmade jewelry.
Spurred by a drive to instill children with a love for the arts and to build their self-esteem, professional actor Miles McMahon helms an array of educational programs at Theatre of the Imagination. He and his staff of local theater lovers build on more than 2,000 successful children's theatrical productions through creative summer camps, acting and performance classes, special workshops, and birthday parties for performers in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Miles writes a completely new work for each class and camp, using the script to immerse students in a cooperative, creative environment while freeing them from the pressures of lead roles, auditions, and autographer's elbow. Staff members can also conduct Movie Star Acting birthday parties, where they shoot a short film with the birthday child as the star.
Fine Arts Theatres’ two venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, The Fine Arts Theatres hosts special independent screenings throughout the year including the Kansas International Film Festival (Oct. 10-16th) that features 55 films in 7 days and the Latin American Film Festival every September.
Whether you're looking for an Oscar-nominated flick or a feel-good rom-com, Dickinson Palazzo 16 Theatre has the perfect movie for you at their theater in Overland Park.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this theater boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this theater has kid-friendly policy.
It's not every day that you can watch a movie outdoors. Dickinson Palazzo 16 Theatre offers open air screens and so much more.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.