The Best Movie Theatre…

in Atlanta is without question the AMC Buckhead Backlot 6 located right off Piedmont Road in, well Buckhead as the name suggests.

Movies and food, two things glutenous Americans love. So, when you mix the two together you get a great American experience. Since moving to Atlanta a little over a month ago, I’ve been to theatre four times. I’ve seen War of the Worlds, Bewitched, Cindarella Man, and most recently The Fantastic Four at my home away from home and my kitchen away from kitchen. While Fantastic Four was rather awful and not even Jessica Alba’s cleavage being suffocated by a lycra suit could save it, the food made the trip worth while. Now, if you are looking for a fine dining experience, look elsewhere. But, if you are looking for the real Dinner and a Movie, this is it.

Go check it out.

P.S. – This was my first post here at metblogs, and it’s 1:20 am and I’m just getting home from work at Turner, so bare with me. I promise I will get funnier, and if I don’t, I’ll give you my address and you can come spit on me.

10 Comments so far

  1. curt (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 2:01 am

    I like the Backlot for action movies because the explosions and gunfire don’t get drowned out by people ordering and silverware clinking, etc. Those sounds can ruin the experience of some movies, though.

  2. Nathan Best (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 2:45 am

    I can see that. Fortunately I haven’t been to one yet where a lot of people were getting served during the movie, but I’m sure should I go to one like that…I wouldn’t like it.

  3. Amber (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 8:24 am

    I don’t know if I’d call Backlot the best. What about the Starlight drive-in, for example?

  4. Thomas (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 9:00 am

    Come on …

    The Backlot is okay, but in the end, it is just another AMC Theatre.

    If I had to pick a favorite in Atlanta, I’d go with a place with charm like the LeFont Plaza on Ponce. The staff is apathetic, you have to pay in cash, and the seats are old, but they have huge draperies lining the walls and those lights in the lower house — the ones that look like Astro Pops — are incredibly cool. It is more than a little bit seedy, but there is something to be said for faded glory, particularly in a town like Atlanta where so many of our old theatres have been just swept away.

    I wouldn’t go there to see the latest blockbuster (no DTS or Dolby here), but for a little indie flick or a foreign film (like Amelie), it can’t be beat. The theatre becomes part of the movie experience. And if you really need a beer, just grab one from the bar next door.

  5. Jessica (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 9:38 am

    There’s an eat-and-see second-run theater on Roswell Road a friend and I used to hit up all the time — we saw Return to Me and The Wedding Singer there.

    My personal favorite theatre in town is Midtown Art, but if Garden Hills starts selling roasted pumpkin seeds I’ll change my vote.

  6. karsh (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 9:46 am

    I love the seats at AMC Parkway Pointe. I love the dinner-and-a-movie concept at Backlot too. Personally, I think the best movie theater is any theater where there’s not a crapload of people and you can enjoy your movie in peace. Matinees all the way.

    However, I am partial to the GTC Towne Centre Value 10 way out in Lawrenceville. You can bring in your own food, theater-hop and catch those blockbuster movies you missed months ago, all for just 99 cents!

  7. Will (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 9:56 am

    The Backlot’s at least second on my list right now, ’cause I can’t walk to it like I can the Midtown Art Cinema. Still, the Backlot’s terrific.

    I say “Land of the Dead” there, my first and only time at the theater so far, and there’s nothing more unsettling and wonderful than watching a zombie movie while eating a plate of well textured nachos in the dark. I’ll certainly be back to the Backlot.

  8. Greg (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 11:34 am

    I have to pimp out the IMAX at Mall of Georgia where I saw Episode III and Batman Begins, a full on sensory overload. But a word of advise, try and get there early to get seats in the last two rows, any closer and you have to move your head around

  9. Thomas (unregistered) on July 17th, 2005 @ 9:37 am

    The eat-and-see up on Roswell Road was a Cinema Grill and has been closed for a few years now.

    The last film I saw there was Fight Club — made all the better by the actual fist fight that broke out in the lobby before the movie.

  10. Bill (unregistered) on July 18th, 2005 @ 2:55 am

    On a related note (at least, related to several comments)–are there still dollar theaters in the metro area? Does anyone know if there is a dollar/second-run theater anywhere that’s still showing Sin City? I missed it when it was out, and am still kicking myself…

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