Movie theater company Cobb has been trying something new. Some executive must have read our article about the Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas last year.
With two Florida CineBistro Theaters already built and running nicely, Cobb plans to expand its high-end theater concept to six other cities including: Vail CO, Savannah GA, Gambrills MD, Atlanta GA, Daytona Beach FL and a secon theater in Tampa FL which debuts in October 2009.
CineBistro Theaters feature an extraordinary moviegoing experience with crisp digital video and audio, plus extra large leather high-back rocking chair with swiveling table tops for dining or enjoying a cocktail during your movie. Gourmet meals can be enjoyed in the theater or at the restaurant/bar area.
On a side note, I have personally been to the local Cinebistro in Miami FL and was a little dissapointed by the service. Not sure if it is a local problem or not but I found the service to be extremely bad compared to a comparably priced restaurant. I also noticed that an 18% gratuity is automatically added to the check, even if all you order is a $12 glass of wine! This is a big “no no” for a restaurant trying to market itself as high-end. The food is good but deffinitely overpriced for what you get, and the drinks are weak on liquor. I made the bartender remix my martini because it tasted like ice water. Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened at this theater.
Despite these dissapointments I will frequent Cinebistro again because it is by far the most comfortable way to catch a new blockbuster. Children are not allowed so you don’t get a bunch of screaming kids and the high ticket prices discourage lower class folks with no manners attending and talking or being disruptive throughout the film you’re trying to watch. I just wish they would get their bar/restaurant area problems fixed because I won’t be eating/drinking there again, which I’m sure is where Cobb could make huge profits with this concept.
Ticket prices are on the high side, around $16 per person. An average dinner will run you around $45 per person, plus automatic 18% gratuity of course.
More info: Cobb Cinebistro