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Forkin’ Screen

Nov 25 2008 Posted by in entertainment | Comments Off on Forkin’ Screen
Forkin’ Screen
 

My long-awaited outing to see Synecdoche, New York (review here), was a unique experience. AMC Theaters is headquartered in my town, and they often pilot new initiatives at my local flagship complex. Their latest endeavor is called Fork & Screen, and in a changing market that finds more folks staying home to watch movies, it may be exactly what they need to get us out to the big screens again.

Other theaters already offer similar amenities, such as Texas’s Alamo Drafthouse, or even our own Cinemark Plaza VIP Room, but they don’t have AMC’s nationwide presence.

An entire wing of the property is devoted to this experience – twelve screens total – eight of which are Fork and Screen, which offers casual dining. There are also three Cinema Suites with a more upscale menu, reservation options, and no kids. In the wing’s lobby is MacGuffins (get it?), an expansive bar and lounge area.

I arrived just as the previews spooled up, hit the service button on the railing in front of me, and a waiter appeared seatside to take my order on a handheld touchscreen that sent the selections wirelessly to the kitchen. It’s typical diverse pub fare with appetizers, salads, entree platters, etc. (many with fresh, local ingredients), and priced only slightly higher than you’d find in the neighborhood chains. I had fish and chips with a pint of Fat Tire for $17 including tax – a good deal when you consider the markup on standard concessions (available as well). Many of the entress are around nine bucks, and beer was something like $3.50 to $4.75. My food arrived just before the feature, and I simply rang the waiter again when ready to pay.

Leather rocking seats are spaced in groups of two or four, with plenty of privacy and legroom. The subtly-lit counter sits just out of reach, so you have to edge up on your seat, but this minor annoyance made sense once I was finished eating and didn’t want it crowding my lap for the rest of the flick. Currently, the films in this wing are a mixture of tentpoles and indies (I often choose this particular complex as an alternative to the arthouse), and AMC claims they intend to make it available for events as well. Hopefully they’ll expand to your town soon, as it’s very convenient (especially if you hit twilight shows straight from work or a matinée), with much-improved food at a fair price.