CMX Cinemas is taking the theater experience to a new level
CMX Cinemas, the eighth largest movie theater chain in the United States, has rolled out a new luxury theater-going experience to the Chicago area with the launch of the CMX CinéBistro--an adult (21 and up) dining destination separate but attached to their movie theater.
The CinéBistro dining room at their Old Orchard Cinema (4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center) features an upscale menu, wine list, craft beers and cocktails.
Patrons can dine in style before or after the theater or just stop by for a meal and skip the movie altogether.
It's that good.
And reasonable prices too.
On the night we visited we were treated to a tasting of dishes featured on the menu. The large "taste" portions were beautifully presented and all quite good.
The evening kicked off with our choice of a beverage from the fully stocked Stone Bar.
WithToy Story 4 the hot movie of the year, CineBistro's beverage manager created a fun trio of related cocktails to pair with the movie that will be offered in CMX locations nationally.
In addition to the fun Toy Story 4 pairings, guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, wines and a wide assortment of on-tap beers. We started our tasing with an Arugula Quinoa Salad that combined arugula, walnuts, butternut squash, goat cheese, baked quinoa and dried cherries with lemon chia vinaigrette. The salad was a meal in itself and something I will definitely order again.
Next up was the Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings." It's amazing how cauliflower can transform itself into so many personalities. This was my first brush with "cauliflower wings"--a perfect dish for vegetarians and meat lovers, too. The Cauliflower was dipped in Aleppo beer batter before deep frying. It was served with a house buffalo sauce (providing a spicy kick that may be too much for some) and served with roasted celery and gorgonzola that added a cooling touch.
The Crispy Cod Tacos were next in line. The tacos were overflowing with sake and soy marinated black cod with crisp panko.
Following the tacos the Pan Seared Salmon with sautéed shrimp arrived. It was presented on a bed of lemon whipped potatoes served with smoky bacon collards, tomatoes, avocado and key lime butter sauce.
From there we sampled the Chicken & Churros--a creative take on chicken and waffles--featuring crisp battered chicken, sweet potato churros, spiced maple syrup and plantain puree.
Just when we were sure we couldn't eat another thing, along came dessert. The very rich Chocolate Donut Bread Pudding was good but a little heavy for a summer evening. However, according to management, it is a fan favorite and will be on the menu year round.
Personally, I think I would enjoy it as a post theater treat with coffee rather than the finale to a maxi course dinner. But this was a tasting menu and lots of food is to be expected.
The upscale dining concept for CMX is just the beginning.
Frank Stryjewski, COO of CMX Cinemas explains “These new openings are part of the ambitious expansion plan that CMX Cinemas has for all of the United States – starting in Illinois, where there will be two other new openings in the near future.”
Adult guests looking for a VIP dinner-and-a-movie experience and a luxury evening out to the theater are welcomed to the relaunched CMX CinéBistro location, offering a high-end experience for movie-goers over the age of 21. With 40,870 sq. feet of theater space, CMX CinéBistro features six viewing rooms with 405 seats and the most updated audiovisual technology, including a theater equipped with a full Dolby Atmos sound system and 4K projection systems allowing for a transcendent viewing experience of every film.
Admission for guests over the age of 21 at CMX CinéBistro will be $15.99 on weekend evenings, $12.99 on weekday evenings, $11.99 for matinee showings on weekends and $9.99 for matinee showings on weekdays. Seniors and military guests receive admission for $11.99 every day of the week at CMX CinéBistro.
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