Gold Class Cinemas takes Dinner-and-Movie to new heights

posted by Michael Zoldessy on August 20, 2010 at 7:45 am

FAIRVIEW, TX — This article in the Dallas Observer looks at the upscale Gold Class Cinema’s Village at Fairview and whether it’s all worth it.

Thank goodness Gold Class Cinemas doesn’t care. The luxury movie theater chain, which got its start in Australia, freely acknowledges it’s still fun to eat upscale food and be entertained at the same time. The theater isn’t afraid to pound every dopamine receptor, providing its patrons with Jeeves-like service, a lengthy list of big-name West Coast wines and robber baron dishes, including lobster rolls and Waygu burgers.

So is it good? Does it really matter? The food’s good in the same way films like Independence Day and Iron Man are good: It’s silly and extravagant and satisfying. It probably wouldn’t hold up out of context, just as a story about an alien invasion would sound preposterous coming from your neighbor. But within the confines of a 40-seat screening room, lit by Leonardo DiCaprio’s furrowed face, the dishes are rather fabulous.

Comments (5)

JohnHolloway
JohnHolloway on August 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

Gold Class. Outrageous ticket prices only out-classed by exorbitantly priced fried and greasy finger food described as “upscale” dining.
Disruptive waiters weaving in and out of seats, a gym-like workout of tummy crunches attempting to look up to the screen from the reclined position, and audience members who truly believe they have the right to be as rude and disruptive as they please having paid for this “privilege”.
And folks, you should see the state of those food and drink stained seats when the cleaners lights are on!!!

dfc
dfc on August 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

What are the ticket prices?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

Eat at home.Most of America is grossly overweight.Go to a movie.Sit down. Watch it.Leave.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on August 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I defend places like this because I see 4-5 movies a week, I’m unusual. Sometimes it would be nice to have a meal with the show, especially during the week if I’m rushing between work, going to the gym (so I’m not a grossly overweight American as Mike describes), and seeing a film as a form of relaxation (I prefer going to the movies to watching TV as a way of unwinding after a busy day). Granted I’m not a baller and couldn’t afford the Gold Class experience often, I like the idea of an expanded concession menu provided the food is of a certain reasonably good quality: Regal’s pizzas are awful, AMC’s chicken fingers are pretty good, National Amusements and Cineplex Entertainment have pretty good expanded food options in most theaters, and Cinemark had pretty good chicken fingers as well. I will try Fork & Screen and would try Gold Class at least once if they were to open anywhere near me or I’m near one (and there’s something good to see – I sure as hell would be pissed paying $35 for a bad flick).

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

John.It just seems like a distraction with waiters and such.My son worked a Theatre like this in Arlington ,Texas and he waited on TONY ROMO and his date ,Brought him two drinks and got a FIFTY DOLLAR tip. He told Tony he was a Atlanta Falcon Fan,glad he didn’t say Eagles,Redskins or Giants.LOL.

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