Recently, my brother and I checked out the new high-end cinema that opened in Dana Point CA. Cinepolis is a theater chain that originated in Mexico. In 1999 they started offering VIP Cinepolis in Mexico, a luxury theater concept. In Mid 2011 they brought this concept to the United States opening a theater in San Diego. They currently have 3 theaters in Southern California and plan to expand nation wide.
What is luxury theater? Well first off it’s a bit more expensive than you are used to paying for a ticket. Tickets are $19.00 each. You do however get to select your seat at the time of purchase. The seat you select is going to be a leather lazy boy type chair that you can recline fully, like a first class airplane seat. In addition, each theater only holds about 150 seats per theater and they had 6 screens. The seats are set up in intimate sections of two, with plenty of aisle between the front, back, and on each side. The chairs also feature electric controls and a button for you to use to push for your waitress. We ordered two stone IPA drafts and a medium popcorn and that set us back $23.00 plus tip.
You don’t have to just get yourself popcorn of course, as Cinepolis offers a full bar and extensive menu of high-end pub food, appetizers and deserts. You can check out the full menu here: http://cinepolisstorage.blob.core.windows.net/sitecontent/menu.pdf Now say you did not want to just eat in your leather recliner and wanted to sit down at a table to eat. Well you are in luck as Cinepolis has a fabulous looking full bar with tables and lounge style seating in the lobby. Sorry, I did not see any beat up video games or any packs of screaming children. The lobby has the look and feel of a classy lounge in Vegas. The staff I met were highly polite, professional, seemed very eager to please, and were everywhere.
You can just show up at the lounge to eat and drink without a ticket if that is what you feel like doing. You do not have to purchase a ticket to enjoy the food and adult style beverages. As far as entertainment goes several plasma TV’s were set to sporting events when we attended the theater. They also offer free wi-fi. So if you get sick of all those damn hipsters hanging out at Starbucks and need a place to get some work done this could be your place.
Overall, my brother and I had a good time at Cinepolis. While the $19 ticket price is a bit steep for people who see a lot of films, if money was no object I would be here every week. As it stands, I would highly recommend Cinepolis as a special occasion theater or somewhere to take a date that you want to impress. It is easily the nicest place I have ever watched a film at, and as soon as I hit the lottery I plan on going back again.
So today’s hump day question is: After reading about the Cinepolis luxury theater experience, would you pay $19 for a ticket?
Here is a link to the Cinepolis USA site http://www.cinepolisusa.com/