Movie lovers are an interesting bunch in that they really take their movie watching seriously, which can sometimes be a little intimidating if you’re just a casual movie watcher. However, the rise of the cinema brewery has given movie lovers a chance to really sink their teeth into the movie experience.
So, you may be wondering what’s so special about a cinema brewery in the first place, right? Well, it’s important to know that they are also referred to movie grills or dine-in theaters. It really depends on the chain associated with the theater, but ultimately what you have is the coupling of a high-quality craft beer brewery with top-tier restaurant level food and a movie theater. The movie theater, it must be stressed, has been “suped” up from the standard theater we know and really don’t like to think about to a place that gets you excited about watching movies all over again.
If you’re a movie lover and you’ve got your eyes set on going to a cinema brewery, here is a small guide to help you navigate some pretty new territory. Ask yourself the following questions:
How involved is the movie I’ve chosen to watch? – Movie lovers take pride in watching the intellectual, thought-provoking film that will sweep awards season. Usually these movies are pretty involved, so it’s possible that the movement of servers & general activity may take away from your experience. However, rest assured that you’re dealing with pros who know appreciate the dedicated movie watcher.
Am I going to the movies by myself, with a date, or with my family? – It’s easy to keep track of yourself, but once you factor in other people, even if it’s only one other person, your attention will be divided. Moreover, if you’ve got your family out on an outing, you’re also responsible for their kids’ behavior.
Do I plan on doing anything before and after the movie? – If you plan on having dinner before or after you watch a movie, you’re probably not going to be eating at the cinema brewery. If you plan on having a drink with some friends later, you may not take advantage of the on-site craft beer being brewed either. If you’re missing so much, you’re definitely not getting the full cinema brewery experience.
Can I stop the internal cynic in me from being too critical about everything? – Just because something’s new doesn’t mean you should look for faults right out of the chute. Don’t time your server or be insolent about menu items you wish they had.
Can I give in to the experience before me? – In the same vein of not being such a critic, can you actually relax enough to enjoy a movie, a little nosh, and an award-winning beer? If the answer is ‘yes’, than good on you. This may be the start of something beautiful.
A cinema brewery stands as a bit of a gift to the movie lover out there who really enjoys taking in a good film every once in a while. Between the upgraded food options, updates in technology, and the ability to have restaurant-style service during a movie, it’s no wonder that more people may be inclined to take in a good movie more often than they used to.