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Nov. 17, 2010by:

[Ed. note: I experienced AMC's Cinema Suites offerings earlier this week and will have my thoughts on in-theater dining and more tomorrow...MS]

I'm not sure how I feel about this. In the tradition of the Alamo Drafthouse, AMC is setting up "dine-in" theaters all across the country with locations open or opening in Atlanta, Olathe, Kansas City, West Orange and Dallas with more to come.

It's divided into two tiers of in-theater service with the $10 "Fork and Screen" package having you served at regular reserved seats and the $15 "Cinema Suites" which gives you a more luxurious setup and more menu choices. Whatever you order is deducted from that extra ticket price, but the cost for the items themselves seems to be reasonable, for a movie theater. Check out the Fork and Screen menu here and the Cinema Suites offerings here.

You know, I like food, and I like movies, but I can't see myself enjoying this. Maybe it's because I'm a theater purist, and can barely concentrate on the screen if someone is rustling a candy wrapper of shining the light from their phone while texting. I can't imagine attempting to pay attention to a film I was really looking forward to with myself and everyone around me chowing down on burgers and fries. Add servers walking in and out during the movie for anyone who wants a refill or seconds, and I'd barely even notice a movie was going on.

It's a cool offering, but for as difficult as I find it to locate a quiet theater these days, I hope this doesn't catch on countrywide. What say you?

Extra Tidbit: Seriously, is it just me or is patron behavior in theaters getting progressively worse?
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10:55PM on 11/21/2010
@ extra tidbit: yes i think so too..
@ extra tidbit: yes i think so too..
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11:28AM on 11/18/2010
I don't know what AMC is like, but the servers at Alamo Drafthouse are quiet and don't distract from the movie in any way. You write your order on a sheet of paper, and they walk by (in a lowered trench which keeps them out of view)and pick up the paper. Some time later you have your order, no words spoken.

Again, it's the single best movie going experience out there.
I don't know what AMC is like, but the servers at Alamo Drafthouse are quiet and don't distract from the movie in any way. You write your order on a sheet of paper, and they walk by (in a lowered trench which keeps them out of view)and pick up the paper. Some time later you have your order, no words spoken.

Again, it's the single best movie going experience out there.
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9:06AM on 11/18/2010

To anyone badmouthing this idea...

...don't knock it before you try it. The Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest theater in the country and it looks like AMC is tapping into what makes them so popular (although I doubt they'll also mimic the attitude and quirkiness). Seriously, come to Austin and try it out before assuming it's bad. And leave your uptightness at the door.
...don't knock it before you try it. The Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest theater in the country and it looks like AMC is tapping into what makes them so popular (although I doubt they'll also mimic the attitude and quirkiness). Seriously, come to Austin and try it out before assuming it's bad. And leave your uptightness at the door.
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7:11AM on 11/18/2010

Great idea for *second run* theaters...

We have the local "Cinema and Drafthouse" style theaters that do this...tables, pizza, beer. It's great for 2nd run movies, since the crowds are smaller and there's a chance you've already seen the flick. For first run movies, no thanks. Label me a theater purist too...sit down, shut up and only munch snacks that you bought at the concession stand.
We have the local "Cinema and Drafthouse" style theaters that do this...tables, pizza, beer. It's great for 2nd run movies, since the crowds are smaller and there's a chance you've already seen the flick. For first run movies, no thanks. Label me a theater purist too...sit down, shut up and only munch snacks that you bought at the concession stand.
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1:14AM on 11/18/2010

Been to the Atlanta one before

I've gone to the Atlanta AMC that serves food many years ago (i believe i saw Space Cowboys there). The food was actually quite good. I think it works depending on what movie you watch. However, most movies i go to see in theaters - i prefer the popcorn experience.
I've gone to the Atlanta AMC that serves food many years ago (i believe i saw Space Cowboys there). The food was actually quite good. I think it works depending on what movie you watch. However, most movies i go to see in theaters - i prefer the popcorn experience.
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12:47AM on 11/18/2010
As long as the food is brought out before the movie and the servers return only to quietly bring refills. I'd be down with this. Maybe they could just put in a silent button to summon your fresh coke so you wouldn't have to ask out loud. Then again, some douche bag might still try to complain or something during the film so yeah. I don't know.
As long as the food is brought out before the movie and the servers return only to quietly bring refills. I'd be down with this. Maybe they could just put in a silent button to summon your fresh coke so you wouldn't have to ask out loud. Then again, some douche bag might still try to complain or something during the film so yeah. I don't know.
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12:38AM on 11/18/2010
Shit, I wouldn't mind having a few beers and cocktails during my flick of choice. Some of those food items look scrumptious.
Shit, I wouldn't mind having a few beers and cocktails during my flick of choice. Some of those food items look scrumptious.
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11:49PM on 11/17/2010
I think it's funny they're starting this in some of the fattest cities in America, so naturally it'll be successful
I think it's funny they're starting this in some of the fattest cities in America, so naturally it'll be successful
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11:27PM on 11/17/2010
People have the wrong idea of what this theater will be like. These theaters will be separate from the traditional ones. Popcorn eaters in one theater, diners in the other. This isn't a new concept. Come to my city, we have a theater called The Cinema Cafe. People go to these places with the intentions to dine and watch a movie, and not necessarily to simply watch a movie. No one's disturbed because they're all there for the same reason: to chow down. Basically it's a restaurant first and
People have the wrong idea of what this theater will be like. These theaters will be separate from the traditional ones. Popcorn eaters in one theater, diners in the other. This isn't a new concept. Come to my city, we have a theater called The Cinema Cafe. People go to these places with the intentions to dine and watch a movie, and not necessarily to simply watch a movie. No one's disturbed because they're all there for the same reason: to chow down. Basically it's a restaurant first and theater second.
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10:58PM on 11/17/2010
I used to live in Taiwan and watching movies there was awesome. Everyone is completely silent. Most Chinese movie theaters are empty so they're quiet as well.
I used to live in Taiwan and watching movies there was awesome. Everyone is completely silent. Most Chinese movie theaters are empty so they're quiet as well.
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10:41PM on 11/17/2010

If you think this is a bad idea, you haven't been

The AMC in Framingham, MA has had a separate theater setup with this dining service for like 4-5 years now. It's great. They show one film for a select run separate from the rest of the theaters. The food is pretty good and the service is unobtrusive. The theater is sectioned and spaced out to where people have room to eat and someone won't be blocking your view. The ticket price is more expensive but it comes with all the popcorn and soda you want. The other plus is that it's 21+ only. If you
The AMC in Framingham, MA has had a separate theater setup with this dining service for like 4-5 years now. It's great. They show one film for a select run separate from the rest of the theaters. The food is pretty good and the service is unobtrusive. The theater is sectioned and spaced out to where people have room to eat and someone won't be blocking your view. The ticket price is more expensive but it comes with all the popcorn and soda you want. The other plus is that it's 21+ only. If you think this will ruin your movie going experience then stay away.
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10:23PM on 11/17/2010
I think some of you need to actually visit one of these style theaters before you judge. A lot of the theaters that I went to that had options like this were absolutely fantastic.
I think some of you need to actually visit one of these style theaters before you judge. A lot of the theaters that I went to that had options like this were absolutely fantastic.
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10:22PM on 11/17/2010

I'm cool with it ...

Only as long as it doesn't get distracting. This reminds of when I went to see 'Passion of the Christ' and some dude next to me was chowing down on some nachos.

C'mon dude, Jesus is on the screen getting the bejeebus whipped outta him and your greasy fingers can't take a break from shoving crunchy chips into your maw?

I guess what I am trying to say is food in theaters is fine as long as it a)isn't noisy b)overly odorous c) is reasonably priced d)alcohol is available

I would love to
Only as long as it doesn't get distracting. This reminds of when I went to see 'Passion of the Christ' and some dude next to me was chowing down on some nachos.

C'mon dude, Jesus is on the screen getting the bejeebus whipped outta him and your greasy fingers can't take a break from shoving crunchy chips into your maw?

I guess what I am trying to say is food in theaters is fine as long as it a)isn't noisy b)overly odorous c) is reasonably priced d)alcohol is available

I would love to have seen The Expendables while eating a medium-rare steak and knocking back some booze.
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9:54PM on 11/17/2010
I don't care if its bought and brought in to eat. What would bother me is seeing servers walking around and hearing them ask questions and converse with the customers. I'm actually more for treating the theater like a prison than a cruise line. Everyone shut the fuck up and no electronic contraband.
I don't care if its bought and brought in to eat. What would bother me is seeing servers walking around and hearing them ask questions and converse with the customers. I'm actually more for treating the theater like a prison than a cruise line. Everyone shut the fuck up and no electronic contraband.
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9:54PM on 11/17/2010

People walking & Chomping? No way.

I'm sure there are some people who will love this idea but I can't stand just having people slurping their sodas loudly, so pass. I'm always glad when everybody is done eating their popcorn before a movie starts. I'm fine if people want to do this, just stay out of my way & keep quiet.
I'm sure there are some people who will love this idea but I can't stand just having people slurping their sodas loudly, so pass. I'm always glad when everybody is done eating their popcorn before a movie starts. I'm fine if people want to do this, just stay out of my way & keep quiet.
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9:54PM on 11/17/2010

People walking & Chomping? No way.

I'm sure there are some people who will love this idea but I can't stand just having people slurping their sodas loudly, so pass. I'm always glad when everybody is done eating their popcorn before a movie starts. I'm fine if people want to do this, just stay out of my way & keep quiet.
I'm sure there are some people who will love this idea but I can't stand just having people slurping their sodas loudly, so pass. I'm always glad when everybody is done eating their popcorn before a movie starts. I'm fine if people want to do this, just stay out of my way & keep quiet.
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9:37PM on 11/17/2010

Fuck food in theaters!

I've never had the urge to eat when I go see a movie. I just stick a bottle of water in my back pocket and I'm good to go. I don't think I'll ever understand why people feel the need to eat while watching a movie. It's annoying and distracting with all the sounds of bags crinkling and the smell of all sorts of shit in the air. Why can't people just eat before and after? I mean, do people chow down while watching a broadway show. Fucking gluttons!
I've never had the urge to eat when I go see a movie. I just stick a bottle of water in my back pocket and I'm good to go. I don't think I'll ever understand why people feel the need to eat while watching a movie. It's annoying and distracting with all the sounds of bags crinkling and the smell of all sorts of shit in the air. Why can't people just eat before and after? I mean, do people chow down while watching a broadway show. Fucking gluttons!
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9:31PM on 11/17/2010

No thankyou

Why does everything have to merge together? Experiences need to be separate, dinner and a movie don't need to take place at the same time. It will be too busy with people walking back and forth and I don't want to be sitting next to somebody who is eating. It's a very awkward situation. Then the lights will have to be brighter so the waitresses aren't tripping, they are actually going to drive more people away from the theater experience.
Why does everything have to merge together? Experiences need to be separate, dinner and a movie don't need to take place at the same time. It will be too busy with people walking back and forth and I don't want to be sitting next to somebody who is eating. It's a very awkward situation. Then the lights will have to be brighter so the waitresses aren't tripping, they are actually going to drive more people away from the theater experience.
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9:06PM on 11/17/2010
The theaters are now pandering to American gluttony and laziness to win over new customers? Lame.
The theaters are now pandering to American gluttony and laziness to win over new customers? Lame.
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9:02PM on 11/17/2010
No just no... and a beer and wine menu? So now people can drink themselves silly in a movie theater?
No just no... and a beer and wine menu? So now people can drink themselves silly in a movie theater?
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9:08PM on 11/18/2010
Haha, you've obviously never had the wonderful experience of drinking and smoking in the theater.
Haha, you've obviously never had the wonderful experience of drinking and smoking in the theater.
8:35PM on 11/17/2010
I could just imagine someone eating a burger or a pizza or ice cream while watching The Fly. Not good.
I could just imagine someone eating a burger or a pizza or ice cream while watching The Fly. Not good.
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8:05PM on 11/17/2010

Love it

I too have gone to the AMC in Olathe, and personally I enjoy the Cinema Suites so much it is hard to go to a regular theater anymore. The Fork and Screen is not the best because you have to hunch over a counter that is a little too far away to be comfortable while you eat, but the Cinema Suites are great because you have your own personal leather(?) recliner with a tray that pulls toward you. The tickets do cost more, but every extra dollar you pay goes toward the price of the food you buy,
I too have gone to the AMC in Olathe, and personally I enjoy the Cinema Suites so much it is hard to go to a regular theater anymore. The Fork and Screen is not the best because you have to hunch over a counter that is a little too far away to be comfortable while you eat, but the Cinema Suites are great because you have your own personal leather(?) recliner with a tray that pulls toward you. The tickets do cost more, but every extra dollar you pay goes toward the price of the food you buy, therefore it really doesn't cost anything extra. (i.e. regular ticket is $10, Cinema Suites ticket is $15, you get $5 coupon toward your food purchase). Also since it does cost a little more, and the seats are reserved you can almost guarantee that only people who truly want to see the movie are going to pay the extra dough and buy their tickets in advance. As for the waiters they only come by when and if you press a call button for them to come to your table, they never roam during the movie, and it is recommended you get there 15 minutes early so you can get your food before the show starts. Besides are you really saying that eating a burger is going to be noisier than someone eating popcorn or candy in a regular theater where they will be seated much closer to you? Hardly. Also if you eat when you watch tv at home do you chew so loud you can't concentrate on the show? That is what several of you are implying happens at the movie. I could go on, but if you haven't experienced it it really is hard to judge.
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7:58PM on 11/17/2010

Popcorn and Soda

Just add a Popcorn and Soda bar to the back of the theater. thats all you really need when watching a movie and having it in the back that people walk to is just better than having people walk out and missing around 15 minutes of the movie on a busy night.
Just add a Popcorn and Soda bar to the back of the theater. thats all you really need when watching a movie and having it in the back that people walk to is just better than having people walk out and missing around 15 minutes of the movie on a busy night.
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7:38PM on 11/17/2010

People walking & Chomping? No way.

I'm sure there are some people who will love this idea but I can't stand just having people slurping their sodas loudly, so pass. I'm always glad when everybody is done eating their popcorn before a movie starts. I'm fine if people want to do this, just stay out of my way & keep quiet.
I'm sure there are some people who will love this idea but I can't stand just having people slurping their sodas loudly, so pass. I'm always glad when everybody is done eating their popcorn before a movie starts. I'm fine if people want to do this, just stay out of my way & keep quiet.
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7:27PM on 11/17/2010

Not that I am an elitist douchebag

As it is the theatrical experience is dead with idiots who cannot keep quiet or keep from texting or whipping out their 'dumbfones' (Aint nothin smart abt checking ur messages when ur at a frickin movie).

I do think I will pass over the theatre experience entirely. At least back home there were boxes priced abt twice or thrice the regular fare that one could use. If the movie was worth it, nothing like sitting in a box with less than 20 people and watching a movie.
As it is the theatrical experience is dead with idiots who cannot keep quiet or keep from texting or whipping out their 'dumbfones' (Aint nothin smart abt checking ur messages when ur at a frickin movie).

I do think I will pass over the theatre experience entirely. At least back home there were boxes priced abt twice or thrice the regular fare that one could use. If the movie was worth it, nothing like sitting in a box with less than 20 people and watching a movie.
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7:17AM on 11/18/2010
Read these posts...I think all of us that come here are kind of elitist douchebags when it comes to wanting our pristine theater experiences :)
Read these posts...I think all of us that come here are kind of elitist douchebags when it comes to wanting our pristine theater experiences :)
5:44PM on 11/18/2010
Ha Ha! Amen Drexxell!
Ha Ha! Amen Drexxell!
6:52PM on 11/17/2010
Movie Tavern has been doing this for years. I'll go there for popcorn munching action flicks that have been out for a couple of weeks, but when it comes to a really great movie I've been really looking forward to, I stick to the traditional theaters or IMAX. ESPECIALLY if the plot demands your undivided attention.
Movie Tavern has been doing this for years. I'll go there for popcorn munching action flicks that have been out for a couple of weeks, but when it comes to a really great movie I've been really looking forward to, I stick to the traditional theaters or IMAX. ESPECIALLY if the plot demands your undivided attention.
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6:15PM on 11/17/2010
Two words. Alamo Drafthouse.

They serve food (and booze) in the theater, and its the single best theatrical experience you'll ever have. I travel over an hour's drive just to go to that theater.

AMC is just trying to follow in their footsteps.
Two words. Alamo Drafthouse.

They serve food (and booze) in the theater, and its the single best theatrical experience you'll ever have. I travel over an hour's drive just to go to that theater.

AMC is just trying to follow in their footsteps.
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6:14PM on 11/17/2010

In response to SkyNet's post

I frequented The Enzian Theater in downtown Winter Park, Florida while I attended university there.

The set up they had was great, very intimate and unique. They show small release, indepedent films and 35mm prints of classic films occasionally, with swivel chair round table seating and a great selection of food and fine wines. It works in that atmosphere because it attracts a different kind of crowd, one that actually is respectful and cares about the moviegoing experience

In massive
I frequented The Enzian Theater in downtown Winter Park, Florida while I attended university there.

The set up they had was great, very intimate and unique. They show small release, indepedent films and 35mm prints of classic films occasionally, with swivel chair round table seating and a great selection of food and fine wines. It works in that atmosphere because it attracts a different kind of crowd, one that actually is respectful and cares about the moviegoing experience

In massive theater chains, this would be disasterous, considering how rude, grotesque and ill-mannered the average human being is in America today. The last thing I need to hear are people slurping and mushing, chewing loudly and the occasional choking idiot who won't chew his food screaming for help.

Fuck it, I'm going to buy my own theater and screen movie's for myself
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6:03PM on 11/17/2010
I actually go to the Olathe one, and it's good and bad. It's nice if you want to go on a dinner-and-a-movie date, because you only have to go to one location. On the downside, AMC will often put the limited release movies in just the "Fork & Screen" section. I had to pay 5 extra dollars to see "Slumdog Millionaire" because of that. So that was rather annoying.

The whole dinner-and-a-movie thing actually isn't too distracting. They come in before the movie gets going, and the only time they
I actually go to the Olathe one, and it's good and bad. It's nice if you want to go on a dinner-and-a-movie date, because you only have to go to one location. On the downside, AMC will often put the limited release movies in just the "Fork & Screen" section. I had to pay 5 extra dollars to see "Slumdog Millionaire" because of that. So that was rather annoying.

The whole dinner-and-a-movie thing actually isn't too distracting. They come in before the movie gets going, and the only time they really bother you is when they deliver the food.
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5:57PM on 11/17/2010
A lap dance sounds better.
A lap dance sounds better.
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5:24PM on 11/17/2010
i'd be down for a steak and a blowjob during a movie.
i'd be down for a steak and a blowjob during a movie.
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7:16AM on 11/18/2010
Sounds like you need a home theater system with a live in cook/whore :)
Sounds like you need a home theater system with a live in cook/whore :)
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5:12PM on 11/17/2010
Great, even more shit to distract me from the movie.
Great, even more shit to distract me from the movie.
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5:06PM on 11/17/2010
In florida there was an independent theater called The Enzion that i frequented often. They served a full menu (I always ordered some delish Shrimp nachos and a Liter Cola)... it never really deteriorated from my enjoyment of the movie.

BUT this was a theater where dedicated movie watchers went to enjoy a very specific film. If this option is available to the masses at regular theaters, we will see a huge influx of ass holes and the enjoyment of movies will surely deteriorate.
In florida there was an independent theater called The Enzion that i frequented often. They served a full menu (I always ordered some delish Shrimp nachos and a Liter Cola)... it never really deteriorated from my enjoyment of the movie.

BUT this was a theater where dedicated movie watchers went to enjoy a very specific film. If this option is available to the masses at regular theaters, we will see a huge influx of ass holes and the enjoyment of movies will surely deteriorate.
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4:31PM on 11/17/2010
And we wonder why America is so fucking fat and people hate us so much. Some countries don't even have clean water or basic health care. I would find the smell distracting and the waitstaff in and out annoying too. I already find most people in public theaters annoying so I'd rather not mix loud eating, stuff getting picked up and set down on a table, dinnerware getting clanked around (provided those fucks even use them) with the idiots already talking, texting, leaving their blinking bluetooth
And we wonder why America is so fucking fat and people hate us so much. Some countries don't even have clean water or basic health care. I would find the smell distracting and the waitstaff in and out annoying too. I already find most people in public theaters annoying so I'd rather not mix loud eating, stuff getting picked up and set down on a table, dinnerware getting clanked around (provided those fucks even use them) with the idiots already talking, texting, leaving their blinking bluetooth in, etc. Jesus - what's next - candlelight?
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4:15PM on 11/17/2010
AMC and Carmike theaters are fucking dumb, why do I have to watch a preview advertising the fucking movie theater that I'm CURRENTLY SITTING in... that doesn't make any fucking sense.
AMC and Carmike theaters are fucking dumb, why do I have to watch a preview advertising the fucking movie theater that I'm CURRENTLY SITTING in... that doesn't make any fucking sense.
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4:08PM on 11/17/2010

Slice 'em

I'm still waiting for AMC to serve me some Hatchet 2! I bought a ticket on that Friday for that Monday's show.

As for food in theatres, I have seen it work. A D.C. theatre combines a cinema and pizzeria. Set-up matters. Movie patrons sit at tables and chairs instead of in rowed seats. The establishment has no waitstaff. A person leaves the dining area to order anymore pizza or pitchers. Politely, audiences do not talk during the show.
I'm still waiting for AMC to serve me some Hatchet 2! I bought a ticket on that Friday for that Monday's show.

As for food in theatres, I have seen it work. A D.C. theatre combines a cinema and pizzeria. Set-up matters. Movie patrons sit at tables and chairs instead of in rowed seats. The establishment has no waitstaff. A person leaves the dining area to order anymore pizza or pitchers. Politely, audiences do not talk during the show.
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4:04PM on 11/17/2010
I work in a movie theater and I can honestly say a big chain like AMC; this won't turn out very well. Patrons are rather rude and it's only more mess for the ushers to clean up after the movie. People come up to the concession stand and basically say 'we've already eaten, but we still want a large popcorn, drinks, candy etc'...which is why I've come to call many customers...cattle. All they want to do is feed, damn the movie.

A few months back our concession stand closed for a few hours
I work in a movie theater and I can honestly say a big chain like AMC; this won't turn out very well. Patrons are rather rude and it's only more mess for the ushers to clean up after the movie. People come up to the concession stand and basically say 'we've already eaten, but we still want a large popcorn, drinks, candy etc'...which is why I've come to call many customers...cattle. All they want to do is feed, damn the movie.

A few months back our concession stand closed for a few hours because of blown fuses and the electric company had to come out to fix it. We had dozens of customers demand ticket refunds/free tickets because they couldn't get concessions.

As I recall, you go to the movies to WATCH A MOVIE; not eat.

Alamo Drafthouse makes it work...dunno how but they do. They cater to a broad and niche audience at the same time and how it's worked for them should remain their secret.

If AMC decides to do this with their smaller 'niche' oriented theaters, it could work...but a big twenty or thirty screen? Fail.
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3:51PM on 11/17/2010
People can't not eat for 1 1/2 - 3 hours max? Whats wrong with popcorn? Like America really needs another place where people can get fatter.
People can't not eat for 1 1/2 - 3 hours max? Whats wrong with popcorn? Like America really needs another place where people can get fatter.
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3:13PM on 11/17/2010
I remember back in the old days when people went to the theater to do this bizarre thing called watching a movie. Seriously. They didn't go there to eat, text or even go there to babysit that infant that won't stop crying. Weird huh. I think they should take this one step further and remove that annoying, noisy movie that's playing so that you can eat in peace.
I remember back in the old days when people went to the theater to do this bizarre thing called watching a movie. Seriously. They didn't go there to eat, text or even go there to babysit that infant that won't stop crying. Weird huh. I think they should take this one step further and remove that annoying, noisy movie that's playing so that you can eat in peace.
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2:57PM on 11/17/2010
I think this is a great idea, it's a little pricey, but I like the idea.
I think this is a great idea, it's a little pricey, but I like the idea.
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2:51PM on 11/17/2010

Moronic and Needless

Waitresses constantly walking up and down the aisles taking orders and serving lazy, fat assed theater goers? Stay home so you can go to your fridge, don't come to a theater and ruin my movie watching experience.
Waitresses constantly walking up and down the aisles taking orders and serving lazy, fat assed theater goers? Stay home so you can go to your fridge, don't come to a theater and ruin my movie watching experience.
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2:30PM on 11/17/2010

it is fine

Here in Portland we have several independently-owned theaters that serve a full menu in the theater. Depending on the movie/company, it is totally great. These are not typically theaters with the best picture/sound/optimal movie veiwing environment anyway...so it depends what you are going for. A midnight showing of Army of Darkness? Food and beer is kick ass.
Here in Portland we have several independently-owned theaters that serve a full menu in the theater. Depending on the movie/company, it is totally great. These are not typically theaters with the best picture/sound/optimal movie veiwing environment anyway...so it depends what you are going for. A midnight showing of Army of Darkness? Food and beer is kick ass.
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3:48PM on 11/17/2010
Yeah but this is AMC. One of, if not not THE, biggest chains of theaters in the US. So it won't be Army Of Darkness with a beer. It'll be The Dark Knight Rises with that fatass douche sitting next to you sucking down greasy chicken wings and dripping ice cream all over the seats.
Yeah but this is AMC. One of, if not not THE, biggest chains of theaters in the US. So it won't be Army Of Darkness with a beer. It'll be The Dark Knight Rises with that fatass douche sitting next to you sucking down greasy chicken wings and dripping ice cream all over the seats.
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2:23PM on 11/17/2010
I've got to hurry up and get rich so I can make my own cinema and get away from these useless modern audiences who want to do everything but watch the movie.
The only sounds I want to hear from an audience are appropriate reactions at the right time. Stop laughing at horror movies and please don't eat. I don't want to hear you lick rib sauce off your face and fingers.
I've got to hurry up and get rich so I can make my own cinema and get away from these useless modern audiences who want to do everything but watch the movie.
The only sounds I want to hear from an audience are appropriate reactions at the right time. Stop laughing at horror movies and please don't eat. I don't want to hear you lick rib sauce off your face and fingers.
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2:19PM on 11/17/2010
Is it just me, or do you always somehow get sat next to the Annoying jerk?
Hellboy 2: Teen who'd just learned how to cuss
Scott Pilgrim: Hipster with the broadest sense of humor
Inception: Fatties who didn't get it
Is it just me, or do you always somehow get sat next to the Annoying jerk?
Hellboy 2: Teen who'd just learned how to cuss
Scott Pilgrim: Hipster with the broadest sense of humor
Inception: Fatties who didn't get it
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2:13PM on 11/17/2010
They've been doing this for over a year here. I've never been in one because I think it's stupid.
They've been doing this for over a year here. I've never been in one because I think it's stupid.
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1:51PM on 11/17/2010
I went to see The Social Network at a theater that serves pizza, burgers, chicken wings, ribs (seriously). It was the most annoying thing Ive ever experienced. Just constant chewing and smacking and squishy sounds. Ugh. Patron behavior is DEFINITELY getting worse. U.S. manners and etiquette in general has gone down the crapper. No one has any common sense or decency anymore.
I went to see The Social Network at a theater that serves pizza, burgers, chicken wings, ribs (seriously). It was the most annoying thing Ive ever experienced. Just constant chewing and smacking and squishy sounds. Ugh. Patron behavior is DEFINITELY getting worse. U.S. manners and etiquette in general has gone down the crapper. No one has any common sense or decency anymore.
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1:46PM on 11/17/2010

We had a theater in town do that called "The Cinema Grill"

It only had older movies and didn't do too well.

Yeah the whole ordering food during a movie thing is stupid. Plus reserved seating is BULLSHIT. If you're gonna have a restaurant, then put it in the Lobby.
It only had older movies and didn't do too well.

Yeah the whole ordering food during a movie thing is stupid. Plus reserved seating is BULLSHIT. If you're gonna have a restaurant, then put it in the Lobby.
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3:43PM on 11/17/2010
Do you happen to live in Arizona? We had a theater like that called The Cinema Grill and started off by playing current movies, but had to downgrade to a dollar theater. It's defunct now.
Do you happen to live in Arizona? We had a theater like that called The Cinema Grill and started off by playing current movies, but had to downgrade to a dollar theater. It's defunct now.
4:07PM on 11/17/2010
We had one in Denver also...place was a dump, if I remember correctly
We had one in Denver also...place was a dump, if I remember correctly
1:16PM on 11/17/2010
I used to live near a Lowes that did this. Pizza, burgers, etc. They had balconies, so they would deliver food if you went upstairs or you could just buy it at the snack stand and take it downstairs for a few bucks less. I never went upstairs so I don't really know how it worked, but it was never bothersome or loud.
I used to live near a Lowes that did this. Pizza, burgers, etc. They had balconies, so they would deliver food if you went upstairs or you could just buy it at the snack stand and take it downstairs for a few bucks less. I never went upstairs so I don't really know how it worked, but it was never bothersome or loud.
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1:04PM on 11/17/2010
I went to a theater like this a few years ago, and I hated it. It's as annoying as you'd imagine it to be...

Moviegoing is a very particular experience with very particular qualities that add to it. Adding this kind of level of "class" to it feels like sort of demeans the whole concept. Maybe I'm too much of a "theater purist", as Paul put it, but going to the movies is one of those activities where adding to it is not improving it.

I went to a theater like this a few years ago, and I hated it. It's as annoying as you'd imagine it to be...

Moviegoing is a very particular experience with very particular qualities that add to it. Adding this kind of level of "class" to it feels like sort of demeans the whole concept. Maybe I'm too much of a "theater purist", as Paul put it, but going to the movies is one of those activities where adding to it is not improving it.

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1:03PM on 11/17/2010

Theaters SUCK

It's getting awful. I'm from Cleveland but now live in Hollywood. Both places - you can't get through a movie without people talking, chewing, crinkling and being ANNOYING. Whether it's in a movie theater or at a play - I feel like I'm the only one NOT being obnoxious.
It's getting awful. I'm from Cleveland but now live in Hollywood. Both places - you can't get through a movie without people talking, chewing, crinkling and being ANNOYING. Whether it's in a movie theater or at a play - I feel like I'm the only one NOT being obnoxious.
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12:58PM on 11/17/2010
I think it is ridiculous and distracting. I don't want to be sitting next to some idiot chomping away on a full meal in the theatre. Is it so hard for people to shut up and pay attention to the screen?
I think it is ridiculous and distracting. I don't want to be sitting next to some idiot chomping away on a full meal in the theatre. Is it so hard for people to shut up and pay attention to the screen?
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12:58PM on 11/17/2010

Distraction.

If people are too lazy to go back out and get their own food, that's their problem. Too many people, too much garbage and now we have to listen to people wrestling with their food while we watch the movie.

Can you imagine a theatre full of people eating while watching a quiet movie like "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN"? Insanity.
If people are too lazy to go back out and get their own food, that's their problem. Too many people, too much garbage and now we have to listen to people wrestling with their food while we watch the movie.

Can you imagine a theatre full of people eating while watching a quiet movie like "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN"? Insanity.
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12:56PM on 11/17/2010
Great, now people can be even more distracting while watching movies. I'm not for this, the place will stink in no time. Have a meal before/after the movie and stick to snacky munchies while watching it. Not really a big deal, although in my local cinema there are some disgusting fat bastards as is, they don't need more food. They should be on a treadmill while watching the movie. ;)
Great, now people can be even more distracting while watching movies. I'm not for this, the place will stink in no time. Have a meal before/after the movie and stick to snacky munchies while watching it. Not really a big deal, although in my local cinema there are some disgusting fat bastards as is, they don't need more food. They should be on a treadmill while watching the movie. ;)
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