There's more than just popcorn and Junior Mints to eat at the movies these days. An increasing number of dine-in movie theaters let you order appetizers, cocktails and more sophisticated fare directly to your tableside seat while you watch the best new movies at the multiplex. Check out the menus at these five dine-in movie theaters, and see if the culinary amenities raise them into the ranks of the best movie theaters in Chicago.
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With the 2016 opening of the Carbon Arc Bar & Board, the Davis Theater is the newest addition to dinner-movie combo spots in Chicago. You can have it whatever way you want—have a sit-down dinner before the show, or bring your meal and delicious cocktails into the show with you. Talk about an ideal date spot.
The L.A.-based movie theater brings Chicago its revamped, hassle-free take on the moviegoing experience by doing away with lines, general seating (you choose your seats when you purchase), lengthy trailers and sticky floors. The theater offers classic concessions, a cafe and a bar with craft beer, wine and cocktails you can bring into your movie. ArcLight features a year-round mix of major blockbusters, independent films and documentaries as well as special screenings and events.
The newest Chicago location of the AMC multiplex chain, located on the fourth floor of the Block 37 shopping center, offers 11 screens and AMC's full dine-in menu, featuring everything from burgers to sushi rolls. Four variations on mac & cheese are balanced out by healthier options like quinoa bowls. You order from a console at your seat, and your freshly prepared food is delivered right to your plush leather recliner.
A multiplex theater that meets the needs of the casual moviegoer as well as those who want an upgraded cinematic experience, this South Loop spot also boasts a second-floor lounge where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat before the show. If you're looking to splurge, get a VIP ticket and enjoy the latest blockbuster in a cozy balcony seat, where you can enjoy drinks and lounge food while watching the movie.
This nine-screen ’plex just off the Magnificent Mile was recently remodeled and is now equipped with the plush reclining seats you'd find in newer theaters. It doesn't have the full kitchen that Block 37 does, but it offers the Snacks & Shares segment of the menu (bites like loaded tots, buttermilk biscuit poppers and crispy brussels sprouts) and an expanded menu of hot and fresh concessions like chicken tenders, pizzas and mozzarella sticks; order at the concession stand and have your food delivered to your seat. There's also a MacGuffins bar, so you can take your beer, wine or cocktail into the show.