Back in the 70’s, we had a few movie theaters that served beer; lately several venues have cropped up with a wider selection — mixed drinks, assorted coffees, nachos, and wings. In Sarasota, however, we have the full monty: a hip restaurant operating in a movie theater.
With family visiting from “up North,” we were looking for something novel. A friend mentioned Cinebistro and told us we could catch many first-run movies, including the recent release of the new Coen brothers’ film, “Hail, Caesar.” The kids love the Coen brothers, and I was not about to pass up a chance to catch another glimpse of George Clooney, so off we went.
The movie was funny, a spoof on Hollywood in the 30’s and 40’s, but the scene is what I am writing home about. We entered a tasteful lobby with a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture strung from the ceiling, arriving in time to take a seat at the bar, have a glass of wine, and admire the classy Chilewich placemats. This was no sticky coke and popcorn joint.
An announcement called us to our seats in a theater that looks a bit like an airplane cockpit with cushier chairs, extended leg rests, and lots of wiggle room. A server took our order (bottle of wine, sushi tuna, salmon salad; burgers for the millennials) and delivered our food. We watched the movie on a behemoth screen projecting almost a 3-D presentation and tried to keep the silverware clattering to a minimum.
The only downside to the spectacle was the laughter that erupted at more frequency than usual due to the alcohol, but after all, it was a Coen brothers’ movie!
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”