It’s baffling in retrospect, but the Valley’s first dine-in movie theater – Farrelli’s Cinema Supper Club in Scottsdale, now defunct – didn’t open until 2001. Yeah, it took the powers-that-be a full century of movie consumption to figure out people might want a rosé with their rom-com.
The trend was slow to take off, but take off it has, with no fewer than a half-dozen dine-in movie concepts currently operating in metro Phoenix. We gave them the Ebert treatment.
FilmBar: Limited food menu, but idiosyncratic art house programming and sturdy craft beer selection go a long way.
815 N. Second St., 602-595-9187, thefilmbarphx.com
Studio Movie Grill: A low-rent-wedding menu (read: coconut chicken tenders) and full bar make for passable dining. We’re not jazzed about the office chairs.
15515 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-991-3106, studiomoviegrill.com
Fat Cats: Reclining seats, first-runs, cafeteria-style pizza and bowling. Our inner child never wants to leave.
4321 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert, 480-498-3325, gilbert.fatcatsfun.com
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