Recently, a new Cinebarre location opened up in AllDaytech.com’s home market in beautiful Charlotte, NC. Of course, being the tech geeks and film geeks we are, this seemed like a match made in heaven.
Despite the name, which is easily confused with the more popular cinnamon bun spot that is in nearly every airport in America, Cinebarre is a neat movie-going concept. It’s got locations in Asheville, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Denver, Colo, Salem, Ore, and Seattle, Wash.
Plus, now Charlotte.
The idea is simple: provide an adult-themed movie experience that is second to none. The idea is take “Dinner and a movie” and make it a one-stop shop, minus the teenagers who can make adult movie-going a sometimes harrowing experience.
To get into Cinebarre, all minors must be accompanied by a parent or someone looking like a parent, read older looking. So you can’t have Jeannie, your 24-year-old daughter, take Jake, your 15-year-old son. Won’t work. And there are never any kids under 3 allowed, except on Tuesday, for the first show only (they call this “Cry Baby Day” so parents can enjoy Cinnebarre without needing a babysitter).
One other note here: kids under 6 get in free on Cry Baby Tuesday. Kids under 12 eat free on Mondays.
The best way to handle this place is to arrive 30 minutes early for the preshow and place your order. Each row of seats has a table in front of it. The tables, at least in the Charlotte location, could be a little longer, but worked OK. You had to scoot up to eat and if you try to eat once the movie gets going, it’s best to have one of those little flashlight apps going on your smartphone, otherwise you might dip your fries into the soda instead of the ketchup.
But assuming you do it right, you get there early and order. The food arrives and you sit back and eat while the trailers or other entertainment gets running and the lights go down for the main event. You can still order during the movie by placing a little white sheet of paper in a holder, but remember our warning of trying to eat in the dark.
Now, you don’t have to order at the theater and the menus are available on its webpage Pricing is like Applebees or Chilis, though $5 for a 32-ounce Sprite was a bit much. I had a grilled chicken sandwich which was quite good with some fries that tasted better than I would have expected.
Also at Cinebarre, you can order alcohol, appetizers and deserts. There’s a full bar outside the theater, for pre- or post-show gatherings as well as leather sofas and a pool table. The new Charlotte theater itself is done in deep black and extra clean. It’s more upscale than a traditional theater.
The sound quality is superb, on par with the best (non-IMAX) theaters we’ve tried and the screens are crystal clear. “The Dark Knight Rises” was an absolute visual treat in the Charlotte Cinebarre. And it’s nice to know that you can have a nice adult night out away from some of the teenage distractions at the multiplex, and have a beer while you do it.
We’ve got a new favorite theater in town, and if you visit a city that has a Cinebarre, you have our permission to try it out. They’re golden.