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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM

A night at the movies . . . for a price

A couple of months ago, I wrote about Gold Class Cinemas, the swanky new moviehouse in Redmond where tickets cost $32 (plus an extra $3 if you buy online), and food options include hand-cut potato chips ($13), duck tacos ($15), and chocolate truffle cake ($9). I went to the theater’s press event held prior to the official opening — which meant, of course, that I didn’t have to pay for anything — and found it all very elegant and tasty, if a bit surreal. (You watch the movie lounging sybaritically on posh recliners, while charming waiters quietly bring food to you as requested.)
I’ve never gone back — a journalist’s budget doesn’t allow for $32 movie tickets — but have remained curious about the place, which had the misfortune to open just as the economy went from bad to horrific. Would it do a brisk business with people willing to spend the money for a special night out, or would those comfy recliners sit empty? I’m guessing the latter, as I just got a press release from the company announcing some new specials: Tuesday nights feature half-price on menu items and $3 glasses of house wine and tap beer; regular ticket prices now include unlimited soft drinks and “a savory treat”; a $39 package includes the ticket and one course from the menu; $49 gets you the ticket and two courses.
So . . . still too rich for my blood (and, let’s be honest, paying $32 to see “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is just a cry for help), but I’m curious. Anyone been to Gold Class Cinemas since the opening? Did you feel it offered value for the money? Was there anyone else there? Would you go again?

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