“Moviegoing may never be the same” quips one reviewer of the new ShowPlace Icon Theater. Located at the corner of Roosevelt and Clark, the new theater has gotten a lot of attention in the weeks following its grand opening. What’s all the fuss about?
1) The theater close and convenient, mere minutes from Hyde Park. It is located just a few blocks from both a #6 bus stop and a Metra stop (Roosevelt). Also, for those who drive, the theater has free indoor parking.
2) Comfy seats are arranged to maximize your view of the screen.
3) Excellent screening: as the ShowPlace Icon site puts it, “with digital cinema projectors capable of displaying 35 trillion colors, each frame always appears exactly how the director imagined it.”
4) Cocktail lounge with full bar and menu. IN THE MOVIE THEATER! The “contemporary cocktail lounge” was conceived of and created by restauranteur Jerry Kleiner of Park 52, Carnivale, and Gloco. It is black and red and posh. And they have bacon popcorn, and cookie in a skillet. YUM. (21 plus, of course!)
Sounds great, right? This theater does make for a pretty enjoyable movie-watching experience. I saw “Youth in Revolt” there recently and enjoyed both the movie and the movie theater. Any cons? Well, tickets are a bit pricier than in some other theaters (12.50). There is, however, a special “early bird” price, though, for shows before 11:55 AM (7.50). Also, the theater is not really a child-friendly space. There is a reduced children’s fare (10.00), but infants, “when permitted,” must have their own adult-fare ticket. Also, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent after 7 PM.
All in all, though, I am happy to have a theater that is closer to Hyde Park, where I can get a drink or even dinner along with my movie. And, bacon popcorn.