- Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2011 19:35
- Written by Dwight Casimere
- Category: Movie News
BOLINGBROOK—The experience of going out to the movies just got kicked up a notch with the opening of iPic Theatres in The Promenade in Bolingbrook, on Boughton Road, west of I-355.
“What we’re all about is selection and choice,” said Mark Mulcahy, Vice President of Marketing for iPic Entertainment. iPic has taken over the Gold Class Cinemas which opened last year with the dinner and movie concept in the Bolingbrook Promenade. If you visited the theater then moviegoers may recall that all seating was Premium Plus but iPic has changed the theater to include a Premium section for guest who may not want to have dinner but just want to see a movie and have a snack. This is open to all movie lovers who enjoy going out for a unique movie experience.
“We’ve taken the movie-going experience and opened it up to make it a “one stop shopping” kind of experience with Chef prepared gourmet food, a sports bar and lounge and two levels of luxury seating that is unlike anything you’d find in any other movie theatre.” Besides the premium movie theatres, there’s Salt’s Sports Bar & Lounge, where guests can shoot a game of pool and enjoy a meal or a drink either before or after the movie. “There’s no admission charge, so folks can just come here and enjoy the sports bar, play a game of pool and have a drink and leave if they want. They don’t have to see a movie or they can combine the activities and make it a complete evening.”
iPic Theatres show all of the latest first-run movies, including 3D films. Tickets are surprisingly reasonable, starting with value-priced seating at $12, to Premium Plus Upgrade of $19. “Folks can save a few bucks by becoming a member, and membership is free, making the top priced Premium Plus seating only $17.50.”
The Theater provides guests with two levels of luxury seating. All seats are reserved so you may want to call ahead, use the kiosk in the lobby or purchase tickets at the theater. Premium seating provides extra comfortable large leather chairs, with swivel trays so that guests can enjoy Chef prepared grab & go food and drink options, such as Filet Mignon and Mahi Mahi Sliders and signature cocktails like the Lemon Drop and 312 Cherry Brew and Windy City Punch.
Premium Plus Upgrade provides guests with plush, fully reclining chairs. “There’s even a blanket and pillow upon request. We leave no stone unturned when it comes for comfort!” Complimentary valet parking is available and, the most enticing perk of all, there’s free popcorn!
Well-dressed and courteous wait staff attend to your every need, serving guests their food and drinks during the first twenty minutes of the movie and making sure that they’re comfortable. There’s a complete menu of easy-to-eat items. One of the favorites is the Caesar Salad.
The desserts are a must-have. The Chocolate Decadence Ice Cream Sandwich and the Key Lime cheesecake were large enough to share, but I chose to tackle them both with abandon.
What I liked about the entire experience was the relaxing evening in a really nice theater. I felt the theater staff anticipated my every need and created an experience that left me feeling I can’t wait to go back. After the movie, it was time to settle into the Salt Sports Bar for one of Adam Seger’s signature cocktails.
Besides free popcorn and complimentary valet parking, available to all guests, members get a number of perks. “It costs nothing to be a member. Not only do you get a substantial discount on Premium Plus Upgrade, you get a free ticket on your birthday and members also take advantage of an all-day happy hour.
I will be returning again for another wonderful evening.