Providence Town Center (near Wegmans) in Collegeville, Pa
What is Movie Tavern. Like those old cinemas where they'd serve you french fries and beer during the film?
Each row of seating has a long table in front of it (kind of like a bar), where you can eat your food while you watch the movie. Insteaad of rows of seats, there are executive chairs.
I've really liked this concept in the past. It was really popular among the second-run houses before the DVD and PPV (and now streameing) markets killed them off. It was great, since you'd get in for a buck, and, since the house paid next to nothing for what was on the screen, they could keep the food and drink prices reasonable. I've missed having them around.
That said, for a first run house, I don't know. While Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor makes the idea work (with a nice blend of Indy and Art-House movies in the mix), that's an unusual situation. Movie Tavern just seems a little generic. In area with a number of quality screens nearby, it's going to be a challenge. Their menu certainly isn't anything I'd drive out of the way for.
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I might actually go to a movie theater again for the first time since the last Lord of the Rings movie. Thanks!
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inside a movie tavern.
Cool concept. Maybe the local movie houses will come back if this catches on.
So waitresses walk around during the movie blocking people's views?
At the Movie Tavern site they have a short film that shows the inside of the Collegeville location as well as descriptions of how it operates (food service, etc.).
This location does not have the one long table set up but rather individual tables affixed to seats. They encourage you to arrive 30 minutes before movie time. You place your main order before the film starts with the wait person assigned to your section. So the main part of everyone's food order should arrive before the movie starts. If anything is needed during the course of the movie then you press a button to summon the waitperson. I would imagine that they try to stay out of the way as much as possible and that the seat heights have been configured to try to eliminate as much interruption as possible.
They also have a restaurant/bar area that you can dine in whether you watch a movie or not. So perhaps the fare that will be served there will be a quality above what regular theaters offer as they hope to attract non-movie-going patrons as well.
As far as movies go it seems to be all first run films at the other locations. As far as indy films are concerned, I don't see them being on offer. This seems to be more of a commercial venture thus films geared for a wider audience. It is also dissimilar to those theaters I am familiar with (down south individually owned ones such as Suds and Cinema) that offered second run films and over 21 only admission. These theaters do not seem to have an age limit for entrance, so be aware that the "adult only" atmosphere some are craving may not be available.
There are rumors that another movie theater may move to the burbs area. This time in Limerick closer to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets. More than likely if there will be one it will be along the lines of regular cinemas.