It is an undeniable fact that many of us Seattleites begin to melt once the mercury hits 80 degrees. Even fewer of us have the luxury of air-conditioned homes. Needless to say, it has been a long summer already. We at Schwabe therefore have spent much of the last month taking refuge in our favorite movie theaters, where we can also enjoy a tasty meal and a cold beverage.
Our first stop was the newly remodeled Cinerama (2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; 448-6680; www.cinerama.com). A key feature to the remodel is the ultra-plush seats (all of which now are reserved so you can get your favorite spot in advance).
There has been a buzz about the locally sourced food, so we gave it a try. To start off, there is a nice selection of Miro tea. If you want protein, the signature item is the Uli's sausage with ground mustard. It is only a dollar more than the normal hot dog. The Uli sausage has great flavor, but it comes packaged with the same bun as the regular hot dog, which is somewhat detracting from the premium experience.
The Brave Horse Tavern pretzel was a hit. The outside is crunchy and a little sweet, and the inside is soft, complementing itself nicely. Of course, Cinerama also offers an assortment of local craft beers to enjoy with your pretzel, such as the seasonal favorites from Fremont Brewing Company and Elysian.
For dessert, the "Cupcake Royale" and Full Tilt ice cream looked too dangerous (read addictive) to try, but we let our guard down and succumbed to the mixed, half buttered, half Theo's chocolate popcorn - something we would return for even without the attraction of the excellent Cinerama experience.
Oh, yes, there was also a movie, which the state-of-the-art surround sound and 3D technology made for as good a "Jurassic World" (or other most recent release) viewing as you are going to get.
Cinerama has the added feature of being surrounded by some of Seattle's most notable restaurants and watering holes. If you want to make an evening out of the event, excellent options are the happy hour mussels at Lola's or slushy margaritas with crispy pork nachos at Cantina Lena, both of which are the perfect starter to the Theo's chocolate popcorn entree at Cinerama.
We also tried SIFF's Uptown Theater (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 324-9996; www.siff.net/cinema/cinema-venues/siff-cinema-uptown) in lower Queen Anne. We did not find any real protein options, but it does offer quite drinkable Chateau St. Michelle and Coppola wines by the glass, as well as quality teas.
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