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Step Into The Living Room…It’s Oh-So-Civilized!

June 27, 2011 by Joan Nova in Florida, Potpourri, Restaurant Reviews | 10 Comments

The Living Room at FAU* is as comfortable as your own. Oh, wait…it might be even better! Comfy lounge seating √, gourmet kitchen √, full bar with crystal glass service √, popcorn in porcelain trendy square bowls √, barista coffees √, desserts, including gelato √ and fun concession stand items.

And did I forget to mention it’s a movie theater showing art films? OMG, I loved it! And there could be one near you…that is if you live in Boca Raton, FL or  Portland, Oregon.

Although we hadn’t planned to have dinner at the café, it was pouring when our film ended so we were very grateful for the one-stop dining and entertainment concept.

As an aside, this is not a totally new concept for Boca Raton. Our local 20-screen Muvico theater has a full service restaurant attached.

I didn’t start out to write a post about the theater, but my senses were continually and cumulatively engaged that I was compelled to start snapping a few photos to share with all of you.

Since this is primarily a food blog, I’ll start with the Café experience.

Fresh flowers on every table and strategically around the café.

The Menu features bistro type food…we had sliders with manchego cheese, arugula and a roasted tomato; a turkey, white cheddar and smoked bacon panini; and a vegan pizza. And, for me, it was such a treat to order a quality wine to accompany my bite (the organic Malbec). Here’s the accompanying beverage and concession menu.

The Theater
Think private screening room a la Hollywood and fancy movie company corporate offices. About 50 very comfortable leather seats with beautiful wood sideboards and cup holders for food and drink if you care to partake during the movie.

This privately-owned company, which currently has agreements with FAU and a Portland, OR location, thought of everything including widely-spaced aisles between rows. I was with my mom who had a walker and she just zipped along to her seat.

We saw a thoroughly enjoyable Italian film titled “La Prima Cosa Bella”, noted on the marquee as “1st Beautiful Thing“. It revolves around the life of an Italian family from Livorno and takes the viewer back and forth from current day to earlier times. I thought it was very well cast particularly because they had to cast the roles at various ages. I recommend it! And I totally recommend The Living Room Theater experience if you’re lucky enough to have one near you.

*FAU, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton campus

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  1. redkathy says:

    WOW not only is the food yummy and right there but the theater is fabulous! Looks like a fun excursion Joan!

  2. Arlene says:

    I sure hope the trend jumps across the peninsula to the west coast of Florida. While we have a theater with a restaurant semi-attached, this is so much more convenient. And a wine license to boot!

  3. bellini says:

    Wow, what a great place. I remember going to a very different kind of a place when I was a teen in my hometown called The Peanut Gallery, where you could see movies with the likes of Charlie Chaplin. They gave you peanuts when you walked in and you tossed the shells on the floor..supposed to:D..hence the name.

  4. Katie says:

    I need one of those theaters near me! What a great twist on “dinner and a movie.”

  5. I agree with the others. I hope this a new trend that will catch on across the country.

  6. norma says:

    I can’t wait to go. We have something like this in Williamsburg called Indiescreen and they also have a great little restaurant and full bar.

  7. Vicki Fillet says:

    I agree it is truly a fabulous way to go to the theater! I need one here in Hoboken!

  8. I love that phrase “but my senses were continually and cumulatively engaged”. Isn’t it fantastic when that happens?

  9. We have a similar theater here, and it’s so fun to visit! The seats are so comfortable, and you can order food and drinks and have them brought to your recliner. It’s a great way to watch a movie!

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