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Jul. 15, 2008 at 6:56am

Gig Harbor Does Theaters Right

Take note Tacoma

21 year old and older theater sounds like it has more to do with the Mecca than not. After a visit to such a movie house recently I'm left mourning that this downtown office and condo space didn't evolve into the proposed theater pub project that instead became the Hub. Why? Because the Gig Harbor Uptown VIP theater is the best, most relaxing and comfortable movie going experience that I've ever experienced.

Picture this: pay a few bucks more for a movie and first pass through a gate where IDs are checked. From there, a concierge stand with beer and wine available as well as access to any of the concessions up front without the lines. And a theater with seats that leave plenty of room to wiggle, that recline just enough, and with arm rests that are wide enough for a bucket of popcorn. A room that is smaller than most screens but has a brilliant digital projector with sound cranked to just the right volume to let you know their cool but without hurting your ears.

We went to see Hellboy 2 Sunday night and took a chance on this place. We ordered some munchies and had them delivered right to our seat about the time the movie started. A young man came in to deliver our goods as previews played and looked for our buzzing and blinking coaster that we held into the air. The menu there even includes some fried foods like chicken strips and mozerella sticks! Best of all, no kids. No teens. 'Nuff said.

Even after paying a little more for the movie, feeling the urge for concessions that I rarely indulge in at normal theaters, and paying a toll on the way home, it was well worth it. The expense may not get me to see more movies but the ones I really want to see will likely be there. And even those I find myself missing because of a chronic cast of theater dread. No more!

Take note Tacoma: do it. First, second, third run movies -- who cares? Just give adults and couples a way to enjoy some good food and film while escaping that jackass teenager being annoying just for fun or parents that brings way too young a kid to a movie that's over their head. Especially after this experience, I know it's something I'd angle towards.

comments [6]  |  posted under galaxy uptown, gig harbor, movies, tacoma, vip theater

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by jenyum on 7/15/2008 @ 8:59am
One of our favorite theatres in Oakland was the Parkway Speakeasy they offered a baby night, when you could bring kids under one to movies an older kid wouldn't have been able to go to, and I see now they offer a family night, but ordinarily they are 21 . Within a year or two it was so popular shows would fill up just about every night. Baby night always had lines out the door.

Portland has several similar places.

by KevinFreitas on 7/15/2008 @ 9:06am
That's a great alternative too. I could definitely see that and a 21+ plus working really well here.

by jenyum on 7/15/2008 @ 9:10am
yeah, just about the time the kid got too old to take to baby night, we no longer desired to take her with us to movie theatres given an alternative. So that worked out nicely.

by Erik on 7/15/2008 @ 10:13am
After a visit to such a movie house recently I'm left mourning that this downtown office and condo space didn't evolve into the proposed theater pub project that instead became the Hub.

There's still a spot at the Mecca for a dinner theater.

All we need is a group to do it.

by KevinFreitas on 7/15/2008 @ 11:05am
Any interest in a FeedTacoma carpool over there for a midnight showing in the VIP theatre of the Dark Knight this Thurs?

I'm down if there are any other takers. I got room for 3 more in my car.

by ensie on 7/15/2008 @ 11:30am
Am so in. That showing of Hellboy 2 was awesome. Not a peep from a single person in the theater. Something I haven't experienced - EVER. And it's one of my biggest pet peeves when attending a movie.

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