Theaters for when Starplex isn’t enough

Kaity Chaikowsky, Contributing Writer

Photo by Kaity Chaikowsky.


Picture this: You are in the cafeteria. It’s a weird time of day, but you were deeply craving Aramark’s world-famous chicken.

You see that person you’ve been crushing on sitting alone. You summon all your courage, take your tray, sit down and, if you’re as awkward as me, find yourself blurting the first thing that pops into your head: “Would you rather own a working lightsaber or save the life of an anonymous starving child in Africa?”

For some “Star Wars” fans this question may be a debate. Fortunately, having never seen “Star Wars,” I can truthfully answer that I’d selflessly save the child.

That being said, I hesitated to join my friends to see the new “Star Wars” movie at Studio Movie Grill a few weeks ago. I did not want to be tempted by the knowledge of how cool it would be to own a lightsaber.

For about $8 per ticket, the Studio Movie Grill movie experience allows you to sit in comfy lounge chairs and watch a movie while snacking at your leisure. A button on the chair even summons a waiter who will take your food order and bring it to you mid-movie.

“The chocolate milkshakes are to die for,” freshman Charles LiMandi said, giving the movie theater a nine out of 10 rating.

For those of us avoiding the new Star Wars movie, Dallas boasts a variety of other unique theaters. Just a DART ride away, the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station shows mainly independent and specialty films. It lacks in-theater food service, but the cafe out front is the perfect place to stop and talk about the movie you just saw.

Grapevine’s Palace Arts Center is a recently restored historical landmark that shows throwback movies on the first Friday of every month, as well as most other Fridays and Saturdays. The movies range from classics like “Singing in the Rain” to films as recent as “Life of Pi.” The theater’s vintage atmosphere and architecture definitely make it worth the $6 to go see an old classic on the silver screen.

The perfect combination of all these theater experiences? Midnight Madness at Inwood Theatre. Every Friday and Saturday at midnight the theater shows old movies, often cult classics like “Ghostbusters” or “Birdemic.” Patrons can grab a drink and curl up on the many couches or beanbag chairs that fill the viewing area for an unforgettable experience.

With great local theaters around, it is easy to leave campus for a night and forget about the stress of school. If you’re lucky, it will be with that special someone from the cafeteria who was apparently crushing on you too.


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