Forget plain popcorn and soda. At some Illinois movie theaters you can enjoy your show while sipping cocktails and noshing on gourmet vittles, all while getting cozy in a space that feels more like your living room than a traditional movie theater.
Gold Class Cinemas
With two locations in Illinois, Gold Class sets the standard for a uniquely luxe experience, with plush seats and a varied menu that includes pub food with a twist, such as blue cheese potato chips, Wagyu beef burgers and a full complement of cocktails, wine and beer. Order right from your seat via a call button.
The Arboretum of South Barrington 100 W. Higgins Road South Barrington, IL 60010 224-293-1001
The Promenade Bolingbrook 619 E. Boughton Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-378-8034 goldclasscinemas.com
Built in 1927, this historic theater began as a venue for both films and vaudeville acts. Today, it is a dine-in theater that plays mid-run movies. Visitors can grab a bite at neighboring Boloney’s Sandwich Shop and tote their deli-style meal into the theater. Sandwiches sport fun, movie-themed names like the ham-and-muenster cheese "Bat-Man-Wich," or the "Fonda Pita," a hot beef au jus wrapped up like a gyro. Hot dogs, sausage, salads and soups are also available, and drinks range from soda to coffee.
The Catlow 114 W. Main St. Barrington, IL 847-381-0645 thecatlow.com
Hollywood Blvd Cinema and Hollywood Palms Cinema
Grab a drink at the bar and peruse the menu at either of these sister movie houses. Place your order, then settle in and wait for your food to arrive as the movie begins. The theaters tout free-standing leather chairs, tables and unfussy finger foods--nachos, shrimp and onion rings pair nicely with pitchers of margaritas or beer.
Hollywood Blvd Cinema 1001 W. 75th Street Woodridge, IL 60517 630-427-1880
Hollywood Palms Cinema 352 S. Route 59 Naperville, IL 60540 630-428-5800 atriptothemovies.com
Brew & View at the Vic
Quirky and divey, moviegoers gather along banquettes and tables to watch a mix of first-run and classic or contemporary favorites. Check the website ahead of time for mostly daily, dirt cheap double features and other special themed events. As the name implies, "brew" is the draw here, with a full bar serving up different cocktail and beer specials daily, supplemented by the usual theater concession fare (i.e., popcorn).
Brew & View at the Vic 3145 N. Sheffield Avenue Chicago, IL, 60657 brewview.com
One of the few theaters where you can reserve a seat, moviegoers can enjoy a pre-show bite and sip in the upstairs Lobby Lounge or enjoy a meal right in front of the big screen by paying extra for a spot in the VIP section. Dishes include an assortment of meat and cheese plates, thin-crust pizzas, mini burgers and paninis. Standby snacks get a tasty twist, such as bacon popcorn and potato chips with caramelized onion dip. The full bar has fun specialty drinks like the ginger martini or "The Dude"--vodka, Kahlua, and half and half.
ShowPlace Icon 150 W. Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60605 312-564-2104 showplaceicon.com
Bogart’s Bar & Grill serves Rosemont patrons upscale pub grub--flatbread pizzas, sliders, steak. Grab your meal before or after the show, or pay extra for the cushy and spacious 21-and-over VIP area, where food and drinks can be had seat-side and popcorn (and valet parking) is complementary.
Rosemont 18 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave. Rosemont, IL 60018 847-447-1030 muvico.com
Niki Stojnic has been a Seattle-based writer and editor since 2000. Her work has appeared in "Seattle Business," "Washington Law & Politics," "Conscious Choice" and more. In 2006 she received a first-place regional Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in magazine journalism from the University of Oregon.