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23 March 2007 @ 09:44 am
300 calories  
Last night took the girl and met up with tegyrius to see 300 at the new local Movie Tavern. Since 300 has been out for a few weeks now, I'll limit my comments to:

  1. It was a good, but not great, movie and entertained me.

  2. It was visually quite stunning.



Movie Tavern, on the other hand, is not well known in the Lexington area yet, at least judging by the size of the crowd. For those not in the know, Movie Tavern is one of the good things to come out of Texas recently. A movie theater with "tables" for every seat, either an actual table or a bar depending on row. A movie theater that serves food not of the concession stand variety. I had a Tex Mex burger (cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole), the girl had the classic cheeseburger and Tegyrius has a Black and Blue burger. We shared a basket of fried pickles. Though they have a full bar, we didn't partake. At first, I worried the other patrons' dining would interfere with the movie experience, but this was not the case. Nor did the wait staff intrude: they work on a "menu up" system where they leave you alone unless you stand your menu up, signaling you need service. The movie tickets were reasonable at $7.00 for evening tickets (matinée is $5.00) and the food was reasonable, if a bit more than Applebees et. al. (burgers were $1-2 more than an equivalent at Applebees), and was made up for by the convenience of one-stop-shopping.

I know I'll be going back.
 
 
 
Somebody Else's Problem: Dragaera Athyra (subtle wizard)tegyrius on March 23rd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I agree with all aspects of your assessment. I fear that Movie Tavern will fold due to high overhead - but I have been known to be wrong before, and perhaps the business model is of a restaurant that shows first-run movies rather than that of a theatre that serves food.
spoespoe on March 23rd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
They seem successful enough in Texas that there's support for two competing, expanding chains there. Hopefully that success will translate to Kentucky.