Monday, September 19, 2011

Movie and Mangia

There are few things I find more enjoyable than delivery pizza on my couch on a rainy Friday night, a fresh Netflix (or whatever they are now going to call it...) DVD all ready to go in the player. Movies and dinner are great separately, but dinner AND a movie? You betcha, especially when they are at the same time for good prices.

Much of the time, though, I want to go OUT for a movie, especially to see the ones not yet available online (don't even get me started on this new streaming vs. DVD controversy that punk company created!). Here in Atlanta, like in most cities, though, making a night out of dinner and a movie can be a tough thing to plan out logistically, especially knowing the traffic that builds up on weekend nights around the hot spots!

Have you ever been to one of those dinner-and-a-movie theaters? They are quite popular, especially since you can do everything in one place! I have only been to one of these types of theaters once in my life, and had a mixed opinion. The drink menu was definitely tempting, but we got there too late into the previews (read: Katherine's typical arrival time, haha) to place any orders. Sad days. But while I wasn't eating that night, I almost felt as if I was, because all I could smell were the "gourmet nachos" they were trying to pass off as "dinner." Nachos for $12? Come on. That is not gourmet. That is bar food. They might have been awesome, true, but something about the whole scene made me expect a slightly higher caliber menu.

Such will not be the case, however, at the forthcoming CineBistro opening just up the road in the new Town Brookhaven complex. It is going to feature seven screening rooms, a big old-Hollywood glamour theme (shown above) and both first-run and independent films. All of that plus what sounds like is going to be top-notch food along with a bar and lounge where you can gather before and after the show. Katherine is becoming very interested...

According to the fine folks behind this big opening, the CinéBistro experience will include:
  • The ultimate dinner-and-a-movie night out for those guests 21 and older with proper ID
  • First-run, art and independent films with first shows beginning daily at 12 p.m. 
  • All digital projection on 40- to 50-feet wide wall-to-wall screens 
  • State-of-the-art surround sound audio 
  • Stadium-style seating featuring ultra-luxurious, high-back leather rocking chairs and love seats with attached swivel tables, accommodating approximately 100 guests per theater 
  • Reserved seat selection and advanced ticket purchase (highly recommended due to demand) at or in person at the CinéBistro concierge desk 
  • $10 ticket pricing before 4 p.m. and $12 after 4 p.m. available seven days a week 
  • Full-service, in-theatre dining available to those arriving 30 minutes prior to scheduled show time 
  • Full bar and lounge open to guests not seeing a movie 
  • Four 3-D screens, closed caption and assisted audio 
  • An outdoor patio overlooking Town Brookhaven 
But what about that food? I admit, I was a bit skeptical, but then was extremely pleased to see that it is going to be an American bistro-inspired menu emphasizing high-quality, freshly prepared dishes made in-house daily. “Preview” appetizers include oven baked goat cheese (yum!), “The Bay” crab dip with aged cheddar pull-apart rolls, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with gorgonzola and lamb lollies with potato sauce, fresh thyme and pomegranate glaze.

All of that alone got my attention, but then hearing that main entrees range from pan-seared Atlantic salmon and habanero glazed pork tenderloin to blackened ribeye and lump blue crab cakes, and I thought, DONE! I am going to have to try this place out. It sounds a lot like what Fox Sports Grill, STATS and STRIP have done for the Atlanta "sports bar" scene, so why not try this place out, too?

Here are the details: CinéBistro at Town Brookhaven opens September 23 and is located at 1004 Town Blvd., Suite 1070, Atlanta, Ga. 30319. It will be open seven days a week. Parking is available throughout the property as well as at an adjacent lot specific for CinéBistro guests.

For more information, visit or call 404.333.0740.

So, friends, will you be checking this out for your next date night or girls night on the town?

Disclosure: I received info about this theater from the CineBistro team, but did not receive compensation in exchange for this post. 



Britt said...

This sounds awesome! If I still lived in Atlanta I know my husband and I would totally be there every weekend. I hope this theater has great success!

Unknown said...

Britt - I agree! Plus how fun would it be for a girls night on the town? I am thinking about how easy it'd be to "plan" it all!