The Kelly Family’s review of AMC Dine-In Theatres, Painter’s Crossing
By Meghan Kelly
We rounded up the 10-year-old and headed out for a new movie experience Monday night. She was completely geeked up to experience dinner in the movie theatre. The questions started before we could slide into our flip flops. “We get to eat a real dinner? Where do they put the food? Is it an actual movie theatre? Wait, is it a restaurant with tv’s?” Followed-up immediately by, “Can I have a cheeseburger?” – basically, the only food group left on her dinner menu that she will willingly consume. Tired from the day, we simply responded (almost in unison), I guess we’ll see when we get there.
Parking was easy, the lobby was bright and clean, and the bathrooms were easily accessible. Of course, the child continued with a myriad of questions including, but definitely not limited to, “Do you think they’ll have root beer? I hope the seats are comfortable. What if I have to go to the bathroom?” In the din of her increasingly higher pitched voice, my eyes darted across the room and landed on a little slice of weekday heaven – a full bar. Thank you theatre gods, thank you.
We strolled to theatre #3 where an usher promptly greeted us and directed us to our assigned seats. The first thing all of us noticed was how spacious and comfortable our seats were – large, leather rockers with a ton of legroom. Next, our waiter seemed to appear out of nowhere to take our drink order. “Yes, a large glass of white wine for me!” I ordered a little too eagerly. Thank goodness they had root beer but, of course, she ended up ordering cherry coke. My husband settled on a club soda and we got down to business with reviewing the menu.
“They have cheeseburgers!” Well, one order down. I decided on the grilled lime chicken sandwich with Parmesan fries. The hubby started with grilled bang-bang shrimp followed-up by bbq brisket quesadilla.
Our waiter, Nick, ran us through the whole operation. “There is a red button next to each of your seats. If you need anything during the movie, just push the button and I’ll come right over. When you are done with your entrees, simply swing your tray out and I’ll be able to easily grab the plates and trash without disturbing you.” Nick suggested that if we knew what we wanted for dessert, then we should pre-order and he will hold it. The 10-year-old shrieked, “the churro sundae!”
As we settled into our comfy seats and the ten to twenty previews began, a pleasant smile came across my face. I don’t have to cook or clean up tonight! Lovely. Now, I know I am not reviewing the movie, but Echo was pretty great. It is kind of like ET and Goonies rolled into one. When our food was delivered, I realized that I had not noticed anyone else being served and yet, most of the theatre was eating. The waiters are that stealth!
The food was delicious. The chicken was perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful and I could even taste a hint of lime. I have to be honest; the cheeseburger was about as plain as you can get – bun, burger, cheese. However, the kid is pretty particular about her cheeseburgers and she wolfed it down with a smile. Lastly, the bbq brisket quesadilla received a thumbs up and mid-mouthful mumble of, “it’s good!”
Our family gave the AMC Dine-In Theatre at Painter’s Crossing two thumbs up and a, “We should watch all our movies here!” review from one happy kid.
AMC Dine-In Theatre is located in Chester County at 112 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 1938.