Taking a trip to the movie theater can be a magical experience for kids. The giant screen, the 3D glasses, the popcorn, the candy all woven together with an hour and a half of animated entertainment all make for a big thrill. For parents, however, it’s an entirely different story. Will he stay quiet for the whole thing? Will she be able to keep herself from talking to the on-screen characters? Will he remember to use the potty? Will she keep her 3D glasses on? Visions of children running amok high on sugar and chocolate, twirling like tornadoes forcing the embarrassed apologies to the disturbed parents of the well-behaved angels around you can prevent us from every embarking on such an endeavor. But rest assured, oh panicky parents, the folks at AMC have stumbled upon an oasis of movie theater genius that not only will keep you from losing your sanity, but well even boost your confidence in your kids.
I’m talking about AMC Dine in Theaters. With giant, armchair seats whose armrests can be raised, and huge spacious sections that seat four per aisle, it’s like you’re walking into your own private theater. Each seat has a table you can position however you want, either in front of you to eat (or trap your kids in their chair), or out of the way over your armrest. An extensive menu of decent enough food, like burgers, wraps, apps, and even heartier entrees, will keep your little one’s hands (and mouth!) busy while they enjoy the flick. You can even order traditional movie snacks like popcorn and candy, brought to you so you don’t need to stand on line with kids tugging at your pants. In fact, if you buy your tickets online you can even reserve your seats, which ensures that you get to watch from your favorite spot, and don’t have to worry about sold out movies, or stumbling around in the dark to find enough seats to corral your brood. The best part is the full bar that comes to you to ease your nerves, and lessen the annoying whiny voices being broadcast in full surround sound.
Dine in theaters even make a great date night, combining dinner and a movie into one trip to save you money on your babysitting costs. They even have Cinema Suites, a 21 and over theater, which can ensure you enjoy your favorite Pixar movies without compromising your kid free evening.
If you’re anything like me, once you experience the dine in movie extravagance you’ll never want to go to a traditional movie theater again. I love the waiter service that arrives at the push of a button and the homey way they serve popcorn in a giant bowl. Taking my Little G to the movies is such a pleasant experience that I’m excited for a chance to go whenever I can. They’ve got locations all over the country, and are opening more up all the time, so what are you waiting for, head over to AMC’s website to find out more! Then come back and tell us what your favorite part of the experience was!