by Hiko Mitsuzuka
There are movie theaters...and then there are Cinepolis theaters.
The luxury, Califonia-based theater chain is raising the bar when it comes to premium moviegoing experiences, and since HIH is no stranger to a good time at the movies - we watched 82 films on the big screen last year - it was about time we checked out this place and got in on some of its amenities.
The at-your-seat waiter service is just as indulgent as it sounds. Having ordered some seasoned edamame, truffle fries and portobello sliders for lunch in the lobby, we were able to have our leftovers brought directly to our theater seats. Still eyeing something from the menu? Don't worry, you'll have time to order more (read further).
If you're feeling a little adventurous with your popcorn options, move past the usual butter and try their caramel flavor...or spicy chili, imported from Mexico, where Cinépolis is headquartered. Additionally, they offer black and white chocolate-covered gourmet popcorn and a full coffee bar where guests can order anything from cappuccinos to affogatos (take that, Starbucks).
And as summer draws to a close, we wanted to make sure to sample the theater's signature seasonal cocktails before the fall menu kicked in. Our pick: The "Evolution" (pictured above, middle), "inspired by" July's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Mixing Chambord vodka, creme de banana, Zico coconut water, and pineapple juice, this concoction is as light and refreshing as any drink found at a tropical resort (The strawberry basil mix in "The Transformer" is just as irresistible).
But if you're of a traditionalist, feel free to take advantage of the theater's full-service bar.
Craving some red velvet cake in the middle of Guardians of the Galaxy? Just press the button next to your reclining leather seat, and your server will bring it to you along with some silverware. They're extra discreet and will make sure not to bother anyone during your movie.
One would expect a theater like this to be located right in the heart of Hollywood, but Angelenos will have to take a 40-minute drive to Westlake Village in order to get their fill of these luxurious amenities (the next-to-nearest location is roughly 60 miles south in Rancho Santa Margarita).
Naturally, there are plans to expand later this winter (Florida, keep an eye out for a Cinepolis in your southern and central regions).
Visit cinepolisusa.com to learn more, find your nearest location, and get some tickets.