The Country’s Best Boozy Movie Theaters

Raisinets and soda? Pshaw! At these theaters, wine and other boozy beverages get top billing.

Indie Food and Wine (New York, NY) 

At the Film Society of Lincoln Center, movie buffs can indulge in 21 by-the-glass pours or seven cocktails offered at Indie, the accompanying restaurant that doubles as a highbrow concession stand. Don’t miss the $25 dinner-and-a-movie deal, pairing food and wine with the eclectic mix of buzzy independent films.

Nitehawk (Brooklyn, NY) 

With a lobby bar offering pre-show drinks and theater servers tending to your concession needs, Nitehawk ups the art-house theater ante. Snack on gourmet concessions like mushroom and truffle risotto balls or flatbread topped with Brussels sprouts and pancetta. Pair them with wines like the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Claud La Chapelle du Château Lamartine, available by the glass, carafe or bottle.

Showcase SuperLux (Chestnut Hill, MA)

With in-theater dining and an executive chef, SuperLux is the theater you deserve. The $28 ticket includes reserved seating and a $5 food-and-beverage voucher, perfect for trying out the California-leaning wine list. Bonus: The unlimited popcorn is complimentary.

Sundance Cinemas (multiple locations) 

Wine pours vary at Sundance Cinemas’ five U.S. locations. Catching a flick in Houston? Order the Mulderbosch Chardonnay from South Africa, paired with the thin-crust pear-and–Gorgonzola pizza. In Hollywood, opt for the local pour, Castoro Cabernet Sauvignon, from Paso Robles.

Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR) 

Opened in 1926—during the era of opulent movie palaces—the Hollywood Theatre fell into disrepair before being restored to its former glory by the nonprofit Film Action Oregon. It boasts a nationally recognized film program, a mix of indies and mainstream flicks, and award-winning educational offerings. The Hollywood screens more than 300 films a year, pouring drafts like Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout and Deschutes Brewery’s Cinder Cone Red Ale.

The Carolina Asheville (Asheville, NC) 

Screening both mainstream and independent releases, The Carolina Asheville offers drafts exclusively from local breweries, including Pisgah Brewing Company, French Broad Brewing Co., Catawba Brewing Co. and Highland Brewing Company. Pair your suds with a pizza made with fresh dough from nearby Geraldine’s Bakery, topped with organic, local ingredients.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (multiple locations)

Founded in 1997 in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse now boasts locations nationwide, screening both Hollywood blockbusters and special-interest series. Drawing crowds with themed nights like Terror Tuesdays (think gory horror movies from the 1960s–1980s) and Weird Wednesdays (featuring little-known “oddities in 35mm”), Alamo Drafthouse locations serve up local drafts alongside ever-changing food menus.

Published on November 27, 2015
Topics: Celebrity WIne, Wine and Film, Wine Trends
About the Author
Joseph Hernandez

Hernandez is a Chicago-based writer and editor obsessed with wine, food and being an oft-misguided know-it-all. WSET certified, his work has appeared in various print and digital publications, including National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog, Food RepublicModern Luxury's Men's Book and Chef Marcus Samuelsson's blog. When he's not drinking Champagne or funky Loire Valley reds, you can find Hernandez documenting his latest meal or day trip on Instagram.




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