Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Golden Urban Adventure

Last week Mark came home with a Gold Class Movie Gift Card--a thanks for all of his hard work on a recent successful proposal.  We decided that on Saturday we would see our first movie, in a cinema, in Australia.  When Mark went to the Cinema's Web page, to see what was showing, he was a bit surprised when he was informed that we would be treated to the "ultimate movie-going indulgence."  Some how we missed the evolution of the Movie Theater, and apparently the sitting in a sticky seat with some schmuck behind you, loudly crunching his pop-corn in your ear, is a thing of the past.  The web page described the theater as an intimate setting, no more than 30-40 guests, with full food and bar service.
So yesterday afternoon we headed over to the Marion Cinema Complex for a journey into the ultimate world of cinema luxury.  We were still unsure what to expect.    We arrived a bit early--no worries-- we were directed to a private seating area a half-hour before the show.  We were cheerfully greeted and handed a menu.  We were informed that we were to place our order at the bar, and then food and drinks would be delivered to us inside the cinema at our chosen time.  After studying the menu, we agreed to celebrate in style with some bubbly and an antipasto plate.  As we looked around the room we were a bit worried that we would be the only people in the cinema, but slowly the room began to fill up.  Just before the movie starting time, we were lead to our seats in the theater.
It was indeed intimate.  Rather than rows of seats,  36 very large and comfy recliners were placed in pairs around the room.  Each sitting area was isolated from it's neighbor, and it had it's own table.  Service was quiet and came at it's designated time.  We enjoyed our order, however, I can't comment on the presentation since it was served in the dark.  Overall it was a tasty treat, but it would be pretty hard to screw-up an antipasto plate.
I am sure some of you are wondering what movie we saw.  If you know me, you know that I didn't get my father's gene of being a movie watcher--he watches at least one movie a day.  I have watched maybe 5 rentals in the past year, and I have no idea what the current releases are.  Mark choose Julie and Julia because his mother had mentioned that it involved a blog, and he knows how much I love to cook.  It turned out to be the perfect movie for us to see.
Over all I would have to say that our Gold Class Movie experience was a success.  It was a bit pricey, but our gift card covered the tickets, food and beverage so I won't complain.


  1. Its really nice to have gift cards isn't it? I love watching movies too!

    By the way, I am trying to generate some support for our daughter. I entered her into a Smile Contest, so if you could please vote for her (just once), the contest runs until October 31st. Your vote would be so much appreciated.

    To cast your vote, please go to this link. Please look for Jillian Rylie Cottrill.

    Thank you very much for your help!

  2. Joops, I'm not much of a movie watcher, but this was a special experience. I submitted my vote for your darling daughter. I encourage any of my readers to give her their vote as well. Good luck Rylie!

  3. Hi Maya, what a fabulous gift for you and your husband to enjoy. I have never heard of a movie experience like that. Now that would make watching movies in a theatre more enjoyable for me too. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Btw, I voted for little Jillian Rylie (very cute photo) of luck!

  4. I've wanted to do this for the past year but haven't gotten around to it. My husband is impossible to drag to the movies, so I have to save it for birthdays when I can request whatever I want;)

  5. Kathy, like I said earlier I really am not a fan of movie theaters--but at this cinema I didn't feel like I was at a theater.

    Suzer, I had no idea that this type of place existed! I am not sure I would have gone without the gift card. Tell hubby that it is more an experience than going to a movie.

  6. Oops--Kathy, I am sure Joops appreciates the vote. His girl is a cutie!