A Red Tricycle Guide

Lobby at the Big Picture, Seattle

for Film-Loving Parents

You’ve had more than your fill of DVR’d kiddie movies, can recite Dora in your sleep, and now you’re up for catching a flick in *gasp* a real movie theater.  Try one of these local theaters for a unique experience you won’t get at the mega-plex. We’ve rounded up spots for the mom’s or dad’s night out, the ultimate date-night, and a family-friendly experience too. Now all you have to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy the show!
The Big Picture – Seattle and Redmond
This fun boutique theater is the perfect spot to reconnect with your long-lost pals, mom’s group, or your Sig-O in a hip location. Hit the eclectic lounge (pictured) beforehand for a cocktail and some chit-chat prior to the show. (In Redmond you can choose to shoot some pool in their Q Club Billiards room—$10/hour with a paid movie ticket.) There’s a full bar and traditional treats served in non-traditional ways…Junior Mints in a chilled wine glass and popcorn topped with white cheddar served in a champagne bucket. Before or after the show, hit one of the local spots for dinner/apps or dessert. In Seattle, the obvious choice is El Gaucho (it’s right upstairs) or try La Vita Bella right around the corner. In Redmond, there’s lots of dining choices at RTC. Both facilities are strictly 21 and over —be sure to check movie times online as they are sometimes booked for special events. The best part: the prices are even better than some of the multiplexes for a way-cooler experience!
The Big Picture – Seattle (Belltown underneath El Gaucho) and Redmond (Redmond Town Center-across from REI & Macys), Tickets generally range from $7 – $11. Read more.

Gold Class Cinemas – Redmond Town Center
Once you see a movie at Gold Class you’ll be so royally spoiled, you’ll never want to go back to the multi-plex again. It’s the movie-going experience you’ve always wished for…no bumping elbows with strangers, no sticky floors, and no jumping up so your neighbor can go to the bathroom. Each of the 7 theaters has no more than 40 seats (and when we say seats, we mean high-backed, power-reclining lounges with foot-rests and a storage compartment for your purse). Generally grouped in twos, the seats share a small table for any food or drinks you may want to order. That’s right people, we’re talking real food such as farfalle pasta, duck tacos, portobello sliders, and a selection of appetizers and desserts. There’s full bar service and blankets available upon request.  Your server checks on you periodically or you can press a button to summon them to your seat. Since you’re essentially having dinner and the movie at the same time you can have a quick date night if your babysitter is on a time crunch. Most showings are for ages 21 and over but they often have one showing available for minors (no alcohol served in the theater) and mommy/baby screenings (Flicks with Tots) on Wednesday mornings. Hint: Tuesdays nights have a half-price food menu!
Gold Class Cinemas – 2nd floor at Redmond Town Center (across from Eddie Bauer), Tickets are $22 if you sign up for the free member card. Read more.

Central Cinema – Seattle
Depending on what’s showing at Central Cinemas (typically a mix of campy cult movies, old classics or new independent flicks) you may hit it up for a date night or opt to bring the family. In recent months they have run faves for older kids such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Elf as well as a “quote-along” showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (which was filled with families). Relive the past with a re-run of The Breakfast Club, the original Pink Panther, or take part in one of their quirky”sing-along” nights. 7 p.m. shows are for all ages and later shows are 21 and over. The sofa/diner style seating allows you to dine in the theater. Their specialty is the stone oven pizzas but you’ll also find a selection of appetizers and desserts, wine, beer, tea & coffee. The lobby is home to Cafe Noir in case you want to linger awhile before or after the show.
Central Cinema – Seattle (Central District), Tickets are generally $6 and up depending on the show. Read more.

P.S. Up North? Another dinner/movie theater has recently opened up in Mountlake Terrace called Cinebarre with a “Burgers, Pizza & Wings” type of menu (plus drinks) and current movies playing.
Let us know…have you tried any of these places? What did you think?
—Angie J. Ballas