Point-Counterpoint: Dine-In Theaters Destroy the Moviegoing Experience
This week's topic: Dine-in movie theaters.
Lauren: A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to a screening of a movie that I would never have paid $9 to see otherwise. "It's free!" she begged, adding, "And besides, it's at one of those fancy theaters where they serve food!"
So I went. And while the movie was actually pretty damn funny, the theater Studio Movie Grill was a nightmare!
While enjoying a meal during a movie sounds great, I found the reality to be far from ideal. First, I was disappointed to find the seating options to be
1. a bar-like row of swivel chairs that reminded me waaaay too much of a college lecture hall or
2. pseudo-armchairs that put you two feet away from your nearest companion.
We opted for the armchair things, and though the little fold-down eating trays were cute, the lights necessary to illuminate everyone's food were completely distracting. Don't even get me started on the servers. Excuse me, but if your name is not in the credits, I don't want to hear you talking to me or anyone else during the film. Please and thank you.
Needless to say, I just don't get it.
Ando: Did we go to the same theater? [Editor's note: They did.] Because I don't remember intrusive servers, bright lights, or disappointing chairs. I only saw our servers three times: Once to take our order, once to unobtrusively deliver the goods and one final time to slip us our check. Aside from the last time, they showed up only when I pushed a button that summoned them. And that's half the fun! It's like being royalty! Where else can you go, slap a button, and have someone materialize out of the darkness to offer you a refill on your beverage?
You say "swivel chairs," but what you really mean is "comfy padded office chairs." I don't know which lectures hall chairs you sat in during college, but none of mine were nearly as comfortable as the ones in that theater.