*Not sponsored. I was invited to this event through a media list and everything was free but I was not under any obligation to review it!*
On Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to the grand opening of the newly built Ovation Cinema Grill in Holly Springs, NC. I brought my friend Samantha to enjoy the appetizers, drinks, a 3-course dinner, and a movie in the “Big D” theatre room which features a 70′ wide, three-story tall screen! To say it was the biggest movie theatre I’ve ever been in is an understatement.
The “dine and recline” theatres are popping up all over the area and I absolutely prefer to watch my movies in a huge recliner seat while eating dinner. Even without the dinner, the seats make for an at-home experience which I love. I’m always half tempted to bring a blanket. Ovation Cinema is a little different from the others I’ve been to, though. Normally you have to arrive 30 minutes before your movie to order your entire meal, appetizer to dessert, and any snacks and it all comes out at once. If you order a lot of food, it often doesn’t fit nicely on the tiny trays so it can be a pain to manage all the dishes. Plus, I don’t really want my dessert staring at me while I eat my appetizer. At Ovation, you have a button on your chair so you can order your next course or get refills on popcorn and drinks at any time. When I first heard this, I thought it was going to be super disruptive to the other film watchers but it is actually handled really well. Samantha and I barely noticed when our neighbors ordered their dessert and your view is never blocked because the waiters crouch down and you are in stadium seating.
The food was really great but it was too dark during the movie to get any useful shots with my phone. For the appetizer course, I ordered the hummus with pita chips and veggie crudités and Samantha got the warm pretzel sticks with queso dipping sauce. The hummus and veggies were awesome and Samantha’s pretzel sticks were huge and soft. Our entrées were the western burger and the chicken sandwich. We both got fries as our side after the waiter really talked them up and they did not disappoint! I devoured my entire meal pretty quickly. By this time, we were feeling full so we decided to wait to get our dessert until the last 10 minutes of the movie. We both got the funnel fries (funnel cake sticks) and they reminded me of the NC State Fair! Yum! Oh, and the movie was Central Intelligence. Not necessarily a movie I would have paid to see but it was a fun movie to watch.
The picture with the mirrors is the bathroom. You guys, it may be the fanciest movie theatre bathroom I’ve EVER seen. It had a little lounge area with a vanity set up before entering the actual stall area and it was beautiful so I had to snap a picture.
Do you have a theatre like this near you?