At a time when I find myself trying to have it all without compromising a single thing, it would seem this attitude should involve all parts of my life, including my leisure time. As such, I’m going to say it out loud without fear of reprimand – I think that the best movie theatre near me should also serve dinner.
There. I said it. Now, many of you may be wondering how in the world I could have the nerve to demand a full meal while also taking in a new, first-run movie. It all comes down to the basic idea of trying to adapt to the maniacal pace we live life at nowadays.
You hear it all the time from friends, family, and co-workers. Day in and day out, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do anything. Whether you still use an old-school day planning calendar or are partial to the digital version on your smart phone, it feels as though we have to schedule every part of our lives so that we can dedicate some time to the endeavor at hand. It seems that even the simple pleasure of eating & watching a movie isn’t beyond the reach of our greedy schedules.
So, yes, I think that the best movie theatre that I have close to me should be able to provide options for not only watching a great movie but also having an actual meal beyond the usual theatre fare. Convenience is certainly at the top of the list for this demand. I’d like to believe that being able to go two places wouldn’t be hard to do, but I also know I feel like I’m wasting time. For example, if I go have dinner, I’d say I may take an hour from start to finish. I’ll drive to the local theatre for a movie, and if I’m able to start watching fairly soon, I’m looking at about a two-hour investment. My little “dinner & a movie” just zapped about four hours of my evening. That’s a “no-go” for a busy person.
I believe that being able to parlay my dinner & movie into one is also a way for the theatre to actually provide a more family-friendly environment. It may feel like a bit of generalization, but the usual theatre chain only offers snacks, which aren’t an option for a family with young kids. When it comes to the lobby & arcade area, it can create an environment that caters to more people being there and not for any reason related to checking out a movie or playing video games. By having a movie theatre that offers dinner, or rather actual food items worthy of a meal, moms & dads feel a bit more at ease in terms of what they’re serving their children. Moreover, because the lobby is more of a social area/restaurant/meeting space, there is more turnover of patrons & movement of folks coming in for a bite. One bonus item to consider is that for theatre chains choosing to go the dine-in route, some of them serve alcohol, which also contributes a bit to more regulated spaces.
So, yes, I do want the best movie theatre near me to serve dinner, but it’s not because I’m trying to be difficult. When you consider the convenience it brings to the table, as well as the family-friendly atmosphere it would help foster, you, too, will wonder why this isn’t a ‘thing’ already.