Upscale theater opens in Redmond
REDMOND, WA — Gold Class Cinema, formerly an old AMC theater, has been extensively remodeled into a luxury movie house with valet parking and a ticket price of $32, ($35 if you order online). It opened last Friday.
The theater features seven screening rooms with no more than 40 seats each, all widely spaced with shared tables between them. Upscale handheld food is served with crab cakes going for $17, a New York strip-steak sandwich going for $19, and a bottle of wine going for between $30 and $695.
Ironically, the theater is just a few steps away from The Big Picture, which features small, elegant screening rooms showing first-run films with a full bar and waiter service. The Big Picture is mostly booked for private events and does not serve food other than popcorn. It is open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays and tickets are $11. There is a second Big Picture in Seattle.
The Redmond Gold Class Cinema is catering to adults over 30-55 years old. It is operated by Village Roadshow which operates 12 theaters in Australia, Singapore and Greece. Earlier this month, it opened its first US theater in South Barrington, IL, and it intends to open 10 additional theaters in the US in 2009.
Read more in the Seattle Times.