PRUNEYARD CINEMAS PUTS TWIST ON DINNER AND A MOVIE

January 22, 2019

The Mercury News

PRUNEYARD CINEMAS PUTS TWIST ON DINNER AND A MOVIE

Even with the number of upscale movie theaters in the South Bay increasing, Pruneyard Cinemas in Campbell is finding ways to set itself apart from the pack. It’s launching a new monthly series next week that should appeal to both foodies and film lovers.

Culinary Cinema pairs a three-course meal with a food-focused movie, all served inside the dine-in theaters. Director Jon Favreau’s delicious food-truck comedy “Chef,” accompanied by a dinner that showcases a Mojo Marinated Pork Roast, starts things off Jan. 23.

Guests can start their evening in the Cedar Room, which is offering three craft cocktails inspired by the film as well as the Cinema Highball, a combination of popcorn-infused Flor de Cana Silver Rum and Mexican Coca-Cola. Dinner and the movie start at 7 p.m.

Jack NyBlom, a partner in Pruneyard Cinemas, says the series is an idea that he and his partners had been trying to launch for years at Camera Cinemas but couldn’t quite make work. But the kitchen and cocktail capabilities of the Cedar Room, combined with the auditoriums’ dine-in experience, everything came together.

Future movies in the Wednesday-night series include “Eat Drink Man Woman (Feb. 13), “Big Night” (March 13) and “Like Water for Chocolate” (April 10). Tickets for dinner and the movie are $42.50, which includes tax and tip but not drinks. You can check out the menus and get tickets at www.pruneyardcinemas.com/.