Here’s both the perk and the price you pay (beyond the $17.25 admission) for enjoying a movie at AMC’s deluxe Yorktown outpost: For every 40 cocktail choices, you have only one film option. In other words, the theater screens just one title per week, which is how my parents and I end up uncomfortably steeped in the schmaltzy heartache of Lasse Hallström’s Dear John.
As the ticket agent suggested over the phone, we arrive 15 minutes early to have our meals served in the theater (show up any time to eat in the small lobby café near the bar). A bow-tied attendant greets us as we walk in, handing over bags of free popcorn. Settling into our cushy reserved leather recliners and adjacent couch seat in the last row of the main floor (some of the best in the house with about five feet of legroom), we browse the menu of mostly $20 entrées and simple cocktails such as a White Russian for $5.79. I order the grilled salmon and quickly have my very low expectations blasted—which is to say it’s not great, but decent.
It’s our server, however, who really makes the night feel like a luxury experience. He magically appears only when we need him, selflessly coils himself into a ball so as not to block the screen and offers helpful menu recommendations. It’s an Oscar-worthy performance. Too bad the same can’t be said for the film. 80 Yorktown Shopping Ctr, Lombard (888-AMC-4FUN).