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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New Experience Challenge Week 46: Cinema in Style

In Australia, we have a chain of Cinemas named Event Cinemas. They offer a service called Gold Class, where there's only about 30 seats in the theater and there's waiters bringing people food and drinks throughout the film. I made a booking to see Interstellar on Sunday night with Mitchell & Jasmine (who I haven't done enough new things with yet), and Jerida (who I've done practically every new thing with). We were told to get there 45 minutes early so we could peruse the menu and organize when we wanted our food. When we got there, I was really impressed with how classy the place looked.





Taking a look at the menus, we knew we were in for a rough time. Not only was it ridiculously expensive ($9.50 for 750ml of mineral water??), but it was also really hard to decide what we wanted. Jerida and Jasmine decided to get a dessert platter between them and Mitch and I went for the same thing, but after something called a carnival platter, which had mini burgers, fries, onion rings, tiny tacos and a selection of sauces. I was also intrigued by a hot chocolate that was inspired by Lindt - the world's best brand of chocolate. I went up to pay for Mitch and myself...


Inside the theater, the seats were paired up with a small table between them. The four of us were giddy with excitement as we jumped into our incredibly comfy seats and started calling out to each other. The rest of the people there were eerily silent. Why weren't they talking? This was a cool experience, they should have been chatting away like we were! We realized we should keep our voices down so we didn't annoy them, but for me at least, it was hard. When Mitchell discovered a button on his seat that reclined his chair, I let out a noise similar to what a woman would make if a newborn baby cuddled a puppy. I played with my recliner until the trailers started, and for a little while after that.



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I had absolutely no idea on anything about the film we'd chosen to see - what it was about or even who was even in it. But I loved it. It was very intelligent and challenging and emotional and epic. It was a bit hard to follow, but if you pay attention, they explain everything clearly enough. Our carnival platter came out 15 minutes after the movie started, and we powered through it. My Lindt hot chocolate wasn't that impressive. I don't know why I was surprised, it's not like it was going to be actual melted Lindt chocolate. Then an hour later, the dessert platter came and I turned to Mitch and whispered "Here's where the marathon kicks in." We had churros, brownies, ice cream and a danish that we had to split in half. I started spilling crumbs and icing powder down my shirt because I was in such a comfortable position and didn't want to move. Hey, I paid like forty thousand bucks for this, I'll be as much of a slob as I want. After the movie finished, we stuck around for a while discussing the film and making sure we got everything there was to get. Then I walked home, because I don't think I have enough money left to use my car.


A side note: I've got a couple of things booked for my upcoming challenges. I worked out my final one for the year today and I'll tell you, it's a big one ;)

28 comments:

  1. That smile said it all... I'm surprised you left the chair behind, lol.

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    1. Yeah, they caught me just before I got out the door :P

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  2. Holy moly, that's pricey! We have a couple of theatres like that here, but I've never gone.

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    1. Are they dedicated boutique theaters? This one's mainly a normal cinema with a high-class section.

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  3. This all looks and sounds fantastic. It's worth having to have parted with your life savings - for the dessert platter alone. I was laughing at that part. I'd have done the same and made a huge mess. They'd have put up a sign after I left: "Do not allow this person within 100 miles of this establishment ever again." In other words, I like your style, and your adorable expression in the last photo.

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    1. Maybe I should put "being banned for life from a place" on my bucket list!

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    2. I'm still working on it, Michael. Could there be a more noble goal? I think not. I'm certain I've come close, but haven't yet been able to cross it off the list =)

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  4. We have one theater near us that has those big comfy recliny chairs. Now we can't go anywhere else. I STILL make a noise like a woman experiencing a newborn baby cuddling a puppy. It's like the difference between going from airplane seating to your favorite leather recliner at home. I can't go back.

    As for the food, we have a "non-gold" version of the dine-in movie theater here, and it's still expensive. The food? Not so great. So for that reason alone if we want to eat at the theater we just use my wife's gigantic purse and sneak in a meal big enough to feed a family of eight.

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    1. That's what my family usually does with popcorn. Screw those jumbo popcorn and coke deals.

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  5. We have nothing like that here with the food, we have nice chairs in a few though that just make the back relax on contact. But damn, that is pricey.

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    1. So I guess the reclining chairs are just an added extra. The real cost is just in the food.

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  6. You almost tempt me to go back to the theatre again. Almost.
    And of course the food was megabucks. It is ridiculously expensive even in peasant class.
    I have to ask though. How were the temperatures? The last couple of times I went to see a movie (eons ago) I was in melt-down very, very rapidly.

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    1. Oh really? I didn't notice the temperature, which probably means it was perfect :)

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  7. Ooh, that place sounds cool! It's funny, because I have a friend in Texas who just went to the movies last night at a place that served food! I've never even heard of such a thing. But I know for a fact that I would love it, perhaps might even squeal as though I had seen a newborn holding a puppy, lol :)

    What I would NOT love is the outrageous prices! Seriously, 65 dollars (about 50 in American dollars, I think) for cheeseburgers and tacos? That is completely ridiculous.

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    1. The tacos and burgers were almost as big as my palm :P

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  8. That sounds like a real classy movie! I kind of want to go to that...haha. I don't blame you for being tempted by the hot chocolate. Lindt chocolate is pretty yummy, but it ain't got nothin' on Godiva!!!! hahaha

    P.S. I started The Walking Dead last night. So far, I likeeee! haha

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    1. Alright!!! I want constant updates on what your up to! I think the first season's the most kick-ass ;)

      I've never heard of Godiva chocolate :(

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  9. They have dollars in Australia too? I don't think a theater like that would last very long here in America because none of us have any money. Well, maybe if it were in Beverly Hills and the Kardashians could go...

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    1. Yeah, we have dollars here. For a couple of months our dollar was worth more than yours and you could find Australians cartwheeling down the streets with balloons and streamers. Then it sank back down to around 80 American cents and we were all like "Well, that was fun... Better get back to work."

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  10. It must be a great cinema if it made you love a film you found hard to follow. Do you remember the title?

    They could improve the service by providing a personal attendant who would remove your socks and shoes and massage your feet. How would Jerida feel about that?

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    1. Oh Jerida and I have broken up, so she'd think it's pretty weird, but that would be it ;)

      The movie was called Interstellar, definitely look it up!

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    2. We broke up, but just like me and Mike we are managing it in our own weird way... basically having a better relationship than we did when we were together :P As for the massage thing I am so on board for the idea as long as I get one too! I agree with Mike Interstella is amazing, go see it now! Jerida :)

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  11. Wow, this sounds so cool--and so expensive!! Looks like you had a really fun time, though. We don't have anything like that here that I'm aware of.

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    1. It was cool, but now I have to go homeless for a while...

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  12. Woah! I'd need a second job just to visit there. Very expensive, but might be worth VIP treatment for a special occasion. The seats look really comfy!

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    1. They were :) Yeah I don't think I could justify spending that much money again :P

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  13. The theater looks amazing! I hate when places make food so damn expensive. At least you got to eat it, while watching a flick.

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