Dinner and a movie… the classic date night activity. But during this season of life with young kids when Hubby and I are lucky to get out at all, it is hard to find the time (and energy) to spend four or five hours out of the house. On the rare occasion of a date night, we end up either having a nice dinner together or grabbing a quick bite somewhere so we can make a movie time that doesn’t keep us out past midnight. Well, for Valentine’s Day we decided to step out of the date-night box just a bit and try something new. We had heard of these places where you can eat dinner WHILE you watch your movie and that sounded right up our alley. Boy was it ever!!
Our experience at Gold Class Cinemas, located in Bolingbrook and South Barrington, was fabulous and one of the best date nights we have had in a long time. It is a first class, stylish and fairly swanky environment from the moment you walk in the front doors. The ticket counter/concierge is part of this ultra-hip lounge with a full bar and cozy seating areas all around. After we bought our tickets, we were sat at a table in the lounge where they bring you a menu and take your order for both dinner and drinks. When it is almost time for your movie to start (they recommend you get there about half hour before to pick your food and enjoy the atmosphere), a waiter comes to bring you and your drinks to your seats. And the seats… that is the best part. There are only about 30-40 seats per theater and they are the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in: incredibly soft micro-fiber recliners with pillows and blankets available to make sure you are as cozy as can be during your movie. I felt like I was in my own living room. Except it was even better because there was a waiter there to bring me a super-yummy dinner and a refill on my wine. And if I needed anything during the movie, there was even a little call button for mid-show ordering. And although there are waiters in and out during the movie, they are never intrusive or in the way. They are simply there to ensure that you have the most relaxing and enjoyable experience possible.
If popcorn and candy are more your thing during a movie than gourmet sandwiches and appetizers, they have that covered too. You can get any kind of typical movie-theater candy (served in martini glasses) and popcorn or opt for the more gourmet varieties. Add in the full bar and they have thought of everything.
It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for right? Our evening with two movie tickets and a full dinner (appetizer, 2 entries, dessert, popcorn, 2 drinks and the tip) was just shy of $150. So it isn’t something that you could do every weekend. Or at least we couldn’t. But for that occasional date night when you want a break from the reality of dirty dishes and needy children, it is a great option. It was just was just what I needed after a couple weeks of viruses and strenuous work schedules. I felt pampered and relaxed. Hubby and I cuddled up in our side-by-side recliners, sipped our beverages and enjoyed a romantic movie. A perfectly romantic and relaxing evening. We will definitely do it again. Definitely. And if you love to watch movies (and eating delicious food) and doing so in style and ultra-comfort, I highly recommend you check it out too.