Whether you’re going with family, friends or a special someone, planning a dinner and a movie can be difficult. There is only so much within your control, and time leaves you either late or too early. Looking for an easier way to combine these two elements, I decided that my boyfriend and I should give iPic Theaters a try.
As I gradually made my way up the escalator, dazzled by the large iPic sign, I was already impressed by how unique this theater’s layout was from the normal film experience. Nothing could have prepared me for what was waiting behind those doors.
When I opened the doors to the iPic Theaters, I could immediately tell from the low lights and furniture that this was a nice place. The hostess greeted us warmly and explained how the iPic process works. I could choose to sit in the regular or premium seats, which offer a large, automatic reclining chair topped with a pillow and blanket for the moviegoer to use. Because this was my first trip to iPic, I figured I should diversify my movie experience as much as possible; I opted for the premium seats.
After selecting my movie, the hostess showed me the available and occupied seats on a small screen in front of me, which was a similar process to picking seats for a Broadway show. I made my selection and proceeded toward my theater. Although I knew what was waiting for me, I was surprised nonetheless ― small aisles and large reclining chairs, with a blanket and pillow atop; as for the armrests, they were so wide, plates could be placed on either side of you.
Taking my seat, we were immediately greeted by our server, who was happy to explain how things worked. They allow you to look at the menu and take your complete order during the previews. The goal is to be able to bring you your complimentary, small bag of popcorn, drink(s) and an appetizer (if you order one) during the beginning of the movie ― disturbing your movie going pleasure as little as possible.
As I explored the menu, I found it offers a vast selection of appetizers, flat bread pizzas, burgers and other mouth-watering selections. (For more specifics, feel free to check the iPic Theaters website, ipic.com, for its menu.) Be warned, though ― the portions are generous, and it’s far too easy to want to order everything they have to offer.
To maximize your dining experience, add a side of fries to your meal. Why? These aren’t ordinary fries; you can opt for either truffle or sweet potato fries. Plus, these portions are so generous, my boyfriend and I struggled to eat even half of one order of truffle fries.
Perhaps biting off more than we can chew, we also ordered dessert. The dessert consisted of two chocolate brownies frozen overnight with vanilla bean ice cream in-between. Your plate will consist of about four, small ice cream brownie sandwiches lightly drizzled with chocolate sauce.
As we struggled to eat our vast amount of food, our server offered us boxes to bring our food home with us. We eagerly accepted after truly enjoying our food and movie experience.
During the movie, I was impressed by the quality of both the sights and sounds. You know how, sometimes, the movie can feel either too quiet or far too loud? Here, that isn’t the case. And as as for where we were seated, the premium seats definitely felt like the best seats in the house; they were firm but cushy, and they allow you to sit at any position comfortably with a moveable tray table for your food and drinks.
Immediately hooked from my first encounter, I looked for a reason to return. iPic Theaters offers a membership program with a long list of perks giving plenty of reasons for you to return. Perks include discounted pricing, the ability to earn points on each ticket purchase, special prices, and much more.
If you’re looking to be waited on hand and foot, while offered quality food and entertainment sure to make any visit a night to remember, visit iPic Theaters. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed. (Even the bathrooms will impress you!)
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254