Point-Counterpoint: Dine-In Theaters Destroy the Moviegoing Experience
Lauren: Even if I try and accept the seating, I refuse to accept that a $13 rack of ribs is something that should be consumed while watching a movie on the big screen. How is that even enjoyable? How can a person be expected to fully experience a movie while simultaneously chowing down on a cheeseburger or tacos? The whole reason you eat popcorn during a movie is so that you can shovel it shamelessly into your mouth without having to tear your eyes from the screen.
Furthermore, the term is "dinner and a movie," not "dinner at/during the movie." To me, a dine-in movie says, "I'm too lazy and cheap to take you on a real date, so let's just eat our food and not have to talk while we watch things explode."
Ando: I will fully admit that there are some problems with Studio Movie Grill but we need to support their mission if we want to preserve the movie watching experience. Here's the thing: Hollywood has been trying to figure out how to milk more money out of us in the theater for at least a decade. Right now Hollywood's big sell is 3D movies, and let's be real: There have probably been three movies that actually needed to be seen in 3D and two of those movies involved people flying around on dragons. 3D movies are awful, and the sooner they go away the better.
chunkysalsa on Flickr 3D glasses: always a good look
In light of that, I'm happy to pay a buck extra to see a movie and buy some actual freaking food to eat while I watch it. I would gladly do that rather than wear clunky glasses to watch 2D movies poorly translated into 3D. It's win-win: Theaters get more money; I get chicken fingers, a milkshake, and no headache.