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Cinema cafe 21 Nov 2002 12:56 #23575

  • Matthew
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Cinema cafes have gotten a pretty *bad* reputation around these parts; cruddy projection and sound quality, bad food, and having to sit with your back to the screen or your food (due to using regular round tables) are just some of the problems they've had. As a result, most of the cinema cafes around here have closed down.

My question is, do people think a cinema cafe/cinema grill could be done right? There's several cinema draft houses scattered around the country, does anybody know if they work/turn a profit?

What I want to do is build a first-run, first-rate cinema grill with good seating (nobody with their back to the picture) and good sound. I'm thinking 6 screens... Are there any resources around for this kind of hybrid bastard child of restaurants and theaters?
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Re: Cinema cafe 22 Nov 2002 09:45 #23577

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www.mcmenamin.com

Around the Oregon and Washington state area, the McMenamin brothers are very popular and sucessful with their brew pub theaters. They just opened a new location in Centralia, Wash. two weeks ago (Olympic Club hotel-theater) and did an excellent job. They spent a lot of money restoring a vintage 1906 building and putting a theater inside.


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Re: Cinema cafe 22 Nov 2002 09:50 #23578

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Here are a couple that I am familiar with.
http://www.chunkyscinema.com/
Operated by Milton Smith
http://www.qcbrewview.com/ http://www.brewview.com/
Operated by Devin Hansen

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Re: Cinema cafe 22 Nov 2002 21:29 #23579

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http://www.gilsoncafecinema.com/

The Gilson Cafe & Cinema is the only cafe/cinema in Connecticut. It is a two screen cinema with a main theater and a smaller lounge theater. It has been operating as a cafe/cinema since 1985 and has been a great success.
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