CinéBistro will open its movie theater with a fine dining twist Friday, Sept. 4, the theater has announced.
CinéBistro’s 35,000-square-foot space is opening in Waverly Place, offering a foodie menu, luxury seating and what theater owners hope will be more than a typical movie-going experience.
The theater is the first one in North Carolina for Cobb Theatres of Birmingham, Ala., which owns seven others along the East Coast.
The Cary location will have six screens, half with 3-D capabilities. The auditoriums range in size from 45 seats up to 80.
Everything is custom built, including the electric recliners, theater officials said at a media preview in July. The screens are hung at just the right height so those in the back row with their seats fully reclined can still see the action.
The theater is geared toward adults with a menu more suited to adult tastes and an indoor/outdoor bar with a wide selection of wines, liquors and craft beers. The bar and dining area is open to those who may not be watching a movie.
The menu will make use of local, seasonal ingredients and will have daily specials from Executive Chef Jason Bianco. It will have items such as shrimp mac & cheese, a filet mignon over butterscotch-carrot puree and pan-seared salmon. The “popcorn trio” of fried chicken, shrimp and calamari, popular at other locations, is expected to be a mainstay while The deconstructed peanut butter pie topped with homemade peanut butter mousse also will be on the menu.
Moviegoers make seat reservations and arrive 30 minutes before the film starts to order their meals. While eating, there is no advertising on the screens, and soothing spa-like music plays over images of oceans and dolphins. When the movie starts, service stops.
Moviegoers under 21 may attend films before 6 p.m. if accompanied by an adult. Afterward, it’s just 21 and up.
“It’s more of a date night, couples going out and having a good time,” said Jim Russo, the Cary general manager, in July. Russo has a culinary degree.
The theater occupies a spot that once housed a gym, and before that, a movie theater. It’s expected to help continue the revival of the Waverly Place shopping center at the corner of Tryon and Kildaire Farm roads.
It’s the second movie theater with an emphasis on food to open in Cary this summer.
Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille opened in July at Parkside Town Commons on the western side of Cary with 12 screens, 16 bowling lanes and an arcade. The theater also has reclining seats and a menu served before the films begin. The theater has an Xtreme screen that resembles an IMAX theater.
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Where: 525 Waverly Place, Cary, in Waverly Place shopping center
Tickets: $14.50 for adults for shows after 4 p.m. $12 for shows before 4 p.m. Children’s admission is $12. Those 21 and under are not permitted at shows after 6 p.m. 3-D films are an additional $3. Making seat reservations is recommended at cinebistro.com/waverly.
Menu sampling: “Popcorn” trio of chicken, shrimp or calamari ($11); Asian-marinated pork tenderloin ($17); bistro burger (starting at $12.95); butterscotch bourbon creme brulee ($9). See full menu at cinebistro.com/waverly/menu.php.
Information: www.cinebistro.com/waverly or www.facebook.com/CinebistroWaverly