Movie Tavern, Breakfast and a Flick
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Movie Tavern: Breakfast and a Flick

Bargain movies on weekend mornings with a side of eggs


Getting a price break on a first-run movie usually means settling on an afternoon matinee showing. But the Movie Tavern at Mill Run presents another option – bargain movies on weekend mornings with the added bonus of breakfast.

“Breakfast and a Flick” starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests pay $5 to see a first-run film at the 12-screen theater.

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I recently took my children on a Saturday morning to see “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which proved to be a pleasant family outing that took half the time it would to separately eat a meal in a restaurant and see a movie.

I read the menu by a dim light that remained lit throughout the film. Our server, Jared, took our order at our seats before the movie started. We could request additional service by pressing a call button. Our food was delivered during the movie, and I paid toward the end.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes, French toast, bagels, oatmeal and quesadillas. Kids meals, including a drink, are priced at $4.25.

The food was a bit bland and the surroundings a bit disheveled, which I attribute to the theater’s nontraditional seating – think office chairs pulled away from the tables. That said, the wheeled seats that swivel and recline are quite comfortable.

Movie Tavern is a national chain. It has a full bar, so if you feel inclined, order a Bloody Mary or mimosa for breakfast, too.

Movie Tavern is located 3773 Ridge Mill Dr., Columbus.

For more information and
movie times, visit www.movietavern.com or call 614-777-1012.

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Studio 35

Introduce youngsters to Columbus’ oldest independent movie theater


The first movie I saw at Studio 35 was the 1985 version of the musical “A Chorus Line,” starring Michael Douglas. More than the campy movie, I remember the funky neighborhood theater with red seats and a bathroom plastered with magazine photos of Hollywood stars.

I was 15 then, and it’s hard to believe the single-screen, independent theater still thrives in the heart of Clintonville, 30 years later.

Yet the theater remains popular, and thanks to a renovation in 2012, it looks even better. The owners upgraded the screen, projector and sound system, and installed a new bar and concession area. There are also a lot more beer options and more space for people who want to eat while watching their flicks.

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Opened in 1938 as the “Indianola,” Studio 35 is Columbus’ oldest independent movie theater. Here, guests can enjoy first-run and classic films, and regular showings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” while savoring a slice of pizza and a glass of wine.

A great time to bring young adults is during its Cinema Classic series, occurring this winter from Jan. 27 through March 3. Showtimes begin at 2 p.m. and admission is $5.

Below is the winter 2018 lineup:

  • Jan. 27: Rebel Without a Cause
  • Feb. 3: What’s Up Doc?
  • Feb. 10: Casablanca
  • Feb. 17: On the Waterfront
  • Feb. 24: The Godfather
  • March 3: The Dark Crystal

Studio 35 is located at 3055 Indianola Ave. For more information and showtimes, call 614-262-7505 or visit www.Studio35.com.

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Fork & Screen

Consume meal and movie in 2 hours at Easton


Taking youngsters out to dinner and a movie can be an exhaustive and expensive endeavor.

One way to do both in about two hours is at a dinner theater, where you can consume a restaurant-style meal and a movie at the same time.

My family of four tried out this concept at Easton Town Center’s Fork & Screen dine-in theater, which opened at the Columbus shopping mecca in 2012.

We found the experience to be a good destination for families wanting to do something special together. The evening was no less expensive than having dinner and seeing a movie separately, though. Expect to pay upward of $100 for a family of four. That’s without dessert or adult beverages.

Easton’s AMC theater offers 30 auditoriums, 17 of which are reserved for dining experiences. There are two options: Cinema Suites is for the 21 and over crowd, offering upscale dining and personal recliners. Fork & Screen serves casual meals to guests seated at leather rocking chairs with swing-out tables. Both options offer seat-side service at the push of a button.

I ordered our tickets online for a same-day showing of “Monsters University.” The PG-rated, 3D-animated movie seemed like a visual feast for our children’s eyes and a good pairing for a feast for their bellies, too. When ordering online, you also can select your seats, as you would ordering tickets for a concert. I chose the remaining adjacent seats in the second row. All seats appeared to offer a good view of the movie screen.

We arrived early to place our carb-filled orders of pizza, grilled cheese and quesadillas. I found our servers to be friendly and unobtrusive. (To save time, you can review the menu online beforehand.)

We seated our 4- and 6-year-olds between us, to prevent them from wandering astray during the movie. This theater offers lots more personal space than regular theaters. I had to get up and take a couple of steps to pass a drink to my husband. There also seemed to be more previews for upcoming movies than at regular showings.

My son, Max, especially liked his personal space with its own little light, food tray and self-service button. Our kids behaved exceptionally well, being preoccupied by the movie and their intimate surroundings. They did get cold, however, so we covered their legs with their own little cloth napkins.

For more information, visit dinein.amctheatres.com/locations/easton30.