Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Thai Chicken Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Chili Sauce

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What to do with your leftover breaded chicken cutlets? How about making a Thai style sandwich? All you need is some peanut butter, a lime, some cilantro and lunch is served! Enjoy!

Thai Chicken Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Sweet Thai Chili sauce:

1 loaf french bread
1 lb chicken breasts
2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp peanut butter
Thai sweet chili sauce for drizzling
1 lime, quartered
Divide bread lengthwise and cut into 4 even sections to make 8 slices for 4 sandwiches. Set aside.
Beat the egg and place in a shallow bowl.
Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl or a pie plate.
Pound the chicken breasts until they are flat, about 1/2 inch thick.
Dip the chicken in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs until they are fully coated.
Heat up a heavy medium sized skillet over medium heat and heat up the oil.
When the oil sizzles with a drop of water, add in the chicken and cook until browned on one side.
Flip the chicken and fry on the other side until golden.
Remove chicken and set aside to cool on paper towels.
When cooled, slice thinly and lay on one side of the sandwich bread and drizzle chili sauce on chicken.
Spread peanut butter on the other side of the sandwich bread and top with cilantro and a squeeze of a lime.
Repeat until all 4 of the sandwiches are made.
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman, in Theaters March 7th!

Written by Role Mommy’s Danielle Feigenbaum.

MPS-one.png You may recall the old cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, where a brilliant dog adopts a boy and they travel through history in their time machine. The new movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is based on the cartoon – but it’s oh so much more! In the movie, coming to theaters March 7th, the duo uses their time machine–the WABAC–to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent.
Thumbnail image for photo 2 (2).JPG I was lucky enough to take my family to a screening of the movie and – we all LOVED it. With talent like Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, and Allison Janney lending their voices to the characters, how can it not be amazing? Max Charles who plays Sherman and Ariel Winter who plays Penny were both great. The movie is directed by Rob Minkoff, who also directed a little movie you may have heard of called, The Lion King. This movie even taught my kids a little about history (you can’t say that about kid’s movies nowadays). It was fun to have discussions with them after the movie, they had so many questions and wanted to learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, King Tut and Marie Antoinette! As you can see from this picture, they are definitely fans!
I was also fortunate to attended a press junket hosted by DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox. That is where I had the incredible opportunity to interview the stars of the film as well as the director.
Here are my questions to Ty Burrell (Mr. Peabody) and Max Charles (Sherman):
Role Mommy: I have a question for both of you guys. If you had a WAYBAC Machine, where would you go and why?
Mr. Max Charles: Either back to the old Mr. Peabody & Sherman or dinosaurs. Maybe not get too close to dinosaurs, stay in the WAYBAC.
Mr. Ty Burrell: Yes. I would first go probably to somewhere in the mid-’80s right before I cut my hair into a mullet and just try to warn myself of the impending doom.
I would like to not necessarily even meet but just see Buster Keaton. I’m a big Buster Keaton fan, and just see how he did what he did because I still find it a complete mystery how a house that falls on him and that kind of crazy comedy that I find it impossible. So, I’d like to see how that’s done.
Role Mommy: I know in animation it’s hard because it looks like you’re all together acting. But, you’re actually probably doing different things. I don’t know if you’re hanging out with Mel Brooks or the different people. But, was it fun being with your TV daughter doing the movie? Did you get to interact with her at all? (Ariel Winter who plays Ty’s daughter on “Modern Family”, is the voice of Penny in the film)
Mr. Ty Burrell: Well, the odd part of this process is that you’re actually alone. It’s very disconcerting actually because the nature of the business is reacting. I mean, that’s kind of really what it is, like seeing what the other person does and trying to react off of it.
So, Ariel [Winter, the voice of Penny] and I never saw each other at this job, not once. In the makeup trailer getting ready for our job–I wear makeup for my job. We would kind of chat about the process a little bit. But, it’s an unusual thing. It takes some getting used to it. And you know, you’re really putting your faith into a whole group of people, which also makes the reveal that much more thrilling when you finally see the result. And I genuinely love the movie. It was thrilling. It was really cool because you just have no idea what it’s going to be.
Mr. Max Charles: But, then we got to do one day together. And it was the first time we met each other. And right away, we went in to record. And our first scene was we had to scream at each other. And we’re just yelling. And then right when they said, “Cut,” it’s like, “Hey, nice to meet you.”
Mr. Ty Burrell: Yes, basically, I met the nicest kid in the world and then screamed in his face.
Here we are with Ty Burrell and Max Charles…
We also interviewed the director, Rob Minkoff and here is my favorite part of that interview:
Blogger: So, 20 years ago, you directed The Lion King, which had a really pivotal father-son scene. And now, 20 years later, you’re doing Mr. Peabody that also has a really–to me, sung out in the fatherhood kind of emotional bonding with the adopted child.
Mr. Rob Minkoff: Yes.
Blogger: Can you just talk about the roles of fatherhood in your movie?
Mr. Rob Minkoff: Sure. Well, I had a father. So, for me, it was an important relationship. I suppose I can draw it from personal experiences. I do remember on The Lion King, when we were making that movie, the very first line is Scar says, “Life’s not fair.” And I do remember my dad saying that to me when I was a kid because I was standing on the front yard, and my dad and my older brother came back from getting ice cream, and they both had an ice cream cone. And I said, “Did you bring me one?” They said, “No.” And I said, “That’s not fair.” My dad said, “Life’s not fair.” And boy, it really, really floored me. Life’s not fair. Is that right? Is that true? Wow. It’s kind of heavy. So, it showed up in that. I’m not sure, since my father wasn’t a dog, that there was quite as much direct–but fathers are teachers I suppose. Parents are teachers. And I guess Mr. Peabody, who is a teacher in a way has that quality. And I’m a new parent. I am a new father. I have a 1.5-year-old.
Blogger: Congratulations.
Mr. Rob Minkoff: Thank you very much. So, I’m learning many new lessons. But, I’ve been making movies for kids and for families for my whole career. But now, it’s taken on a slightly different meaning for me because I always saw myself as a kid. And now that I’m a parent I sort of see it from the other side.
Here we are with Director, Rob Minkoff…
I had a fantastic time at the screening and press junket for Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The movie will be in theaters nationwide Friday March 7th, and you should all go see it!
Connect with Mr. Peabody Online!

Visit the official website
Like Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Facebook
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter
Please click HERE to enjoy a preview of the movie.

The Winter of Our Discontent

1468680_10151827818755205_986799167_n.jpgThis is by far the worst winter I’ve ever experienced. And that says a lot since I have lived through four decades of snowstorms and counting. As a kid, I remember getting blasted by one major snowstorm — the blizzard of 1978 where I was photographed standing high atop a snow mound and for fun, someone in my family dated the picture July 1978. But back then, it wasn’t like we had snow three times a week. Once a month maybe, but definitely not every few days.
The worst part about all this snow has been the fact that we adopted a puppy and have not been able to house break her at all. Just try to get a puppy to go out in the snow and pee when she can’t find a patch of grass and has to walk outside in icy conditions. When we first got her, she was great – I even had a system going where I’d take her outside and she’d pee and poop first thing in the morning. She’s now doing the same thing – but it’s in our house and it’s so not fun.
On top of the puppy insanity (she’s up every morning between 4:30am-5am), we decided that this would be the first year that we’d drive down to Florida. Great idea in theory, except we didn’t factor in that the east coast would be hit with the worst N’oreaster of the season one day before we had planned to get out of Dodge. I booked the entire trip on points and supposedly, we’re going to be in Charleston SC tomorrow — how that’s going to happen, I have no idea but hoping that somehow, the snow will stop, the roads will be clear and we can get the heck out of here already.
So what are we doing to bide the time? Let’s see. Well, we caught the flu, which was really fun…especially the stomach bug part. I have been dealing with the residual effects of that one for two weeks now – at least I’m thinner – because I’m afraid to actually eat too much.
I’ve also been surfing Facebook a lot and searching for anyone I know down south to see how bad the roads are. Guess what? They are really bad. We’ve also been watching a ton of movies and TV series thanks to Netflix and Apple TV. In fact, just time for Valentine’s Day, I’ll be hanging out with my family watching a combo movie and classic TV series marathon. Since I’ve already finished “Mad Men” and “The Wonder Years,” we’ve now moved on to “Family Ties” and “Cheers.” My daughter is officially hooked on “Grey’s Anatomy” and on the movie front, I’m going to step into my time machine today and watch “Footloose,” “Flashdance” and “Fatal Attraction.” Any film with an F, will be on my playlist today since that’s what I give this winter…a big fat F!
So what are you doing in the snow other than going nuts like us?

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Chocolate Hazelnut Date “Truffles”

Looking for a crazy delicious dessert that you can feel virtuous about eating? Try these healthy faux chocolate truffles that may even fool your children. Keep them stored in a glass tupperware in the fridge for a week (even longer!) and snack on them without the guilt!
Chocolate Coated Hazelnut Date Truffles:
one cup shelled hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups pitted dates
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Combine above ingredients in a food processor until it starts to ball up and stick together
If you can mold balls out of the “dough” you can do so (that means they are ready!). If it is still crumbly, add a few more dates until they are sticky enough to mold
(should make about 20 3/4 inch balls)
lay the finished ones on wax paper on top of something hard like a wooden cutting board
They are now ready for rolling in the chocolate which I like to do with chopsticks or toothpicks
one cup dark chocolate morsels or good quality cholate chopped
1/4 tsp ground espresso/coffee beans
1/4 cup almond milk (can use cow’s milk)
Combine chocolate and almond milk in a double boiler until melted-keep stirring
Add in the espresso grounds and stir in
Let cool to warm but not too cool because then the chocolate will be too hard to roll the truffles in
Roll each truffle in the chocolate and then place back on the wax paper
When all are coated, place in the fridge to harden-should only take 1/2 hour or so
Makes about 20 3/4 ” truffles
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Top 10 Family Night Activities

Written by Role Mommy contributor, Christine J. Williamson.

Top 10 Family Night Activities.jpg I overheard my son talking to a friend the other day about our family game nights. The other kid asked, “What’s that?” I told my son later I had overheard the conversation, and I really liked his patient response to his friend who really didn’t understand the concept of a family getting together to enjoy each other’s time.
Sadly, I’ve heard similar things from other parents that they don’t have time, are too tired, or the kids wouldn’t be interested anyway. I don’t like saying anyone is outright wrong when it comes to anything to do with parenting, but they are so wrong. Studies show that families
who participate in a regular family night are closer, kids do better in school, and many games teach life and educational skills. With that in mind, I’d like to share our top 10 family night activities.
10. Super Dessert Night
Let your family make their own desserts. After dinner one night, set out small bowls with a
scoop of ice cream in each one. Also have chocolate syrup or whatever flavors your family
enjoys. Candy pieces, sprinkles and other yummies to put on their ice cream will let each
member of the family design the ice cream sundae they think is best. If you want, take a
photo of each family member with their sundae before they dig in and save it for a scrapbook night.
9. Zoo Night
Check with your local zoo to see about their family night activities. Many zoos offer special
discounts for families and night activities that range from movie nights at the zoo to specially arranged night hikes where hikers get to meet and learn about an animal.
8. Museum Night
The museum doesn’t have to be a boring experience. Make it fun with a scavenger hunt.
Make a list of random things to look for in exhibits throughout the museum. Our local museum is online, and yours probably is too, and just make a list like “mummy sarcophagus” or “beard on a statue” and see who wins.
7. Family Blog
You can use a service like Blogger.com or WordPress.com and set up a free blog. Let your
kids choose the colors, lettering, template, and add some photos from your other family
activity nights. Both of these blog places have the option to keep your blog from being
indexed so it won’t show up on search engines. If you want to keep your blog private, so only the family can see it, you can do that too in the privacy settings and choose who can see your family blog. Both sets of grandparents enjoy seeing our posts, especially the posts they are in like when my parents came over for family night and played Jenga with us.
6. Camping at Home
This is a fun activity that we’ve done numerous times. The first time we came up with this idea was when the kids were very small, and it was winter. So we camped out in the living room. Now that they are older, we set up the tent in the backyard, and you have to plan to bring everything you need out with you. No one goes back into the house. We cook over our grill, make S’mores, tell scary stories, and we have a large traditional breakfast of pancakes the next morning.
5. Home Video Night
This is a fun night of memories. Take your old videos of your kids and show them. Talk about the little things you remember about your kids. When my daughter was 3 years old, she used to have elaborate tea parties that often included our very patient cat who would sit in a chair along with her stuffies and dolls. Sharing those memories again is great for bringing your family unit closer.
4. Talent Show
Think American Idol or X-Factor without Simon Cowell in it. Let each of the kids come up with a talent, parents or anyone other family members need to participate too, and have fun! Videos for family video night or photos for the family blog or scrapbook should be taken on this night.
3. Movie Night
We love movie night. We usually let each family member name a movie and then choose
from there. Eventually, we pick everyone’s movie. We stream movies from Netflix, Amazon
Prime, and HuluPlus so there is never a shortage of great movies to watch.
2. Family Scrapbook Night
One year my daughter got a scrapbooking kit for a birthday gift. The other kids were intrigued, and everyone wanted to do a page in her scrapbook. That’s how our family scrapbook night was born. We do this at least once a month, we have long since scrapbooked baby photos, family vacations, and birthdays. We now do our current family photos, and sometimes we all design one page together or each child will get to do their own pages. It’s something everyone looks forward to doing. Often the kids get out the scrapbook and are just looking at it, seeing memories.
1. Game Night
Yes, we have video games in our house. We tried incorporating the Kinect Games (the ones where you get up and move with the game) into our game night, but it just turned into kids playing games and parents being bored watching. It wasn’t a true family event. So when we say “Game Night” we mean board games, card games, and other games. No video games. Take age recommendations with a grain of salt. You know your kids best as to what they can and can’t do. I buy board games yard sales and store clearances. We now have a closet full of games for the family to choose from with not a lot of money invested.
Playing games with your kids teaches life skills such as cooperation and patience.
Responsibility is practiced when they play by the rules. Honesty is learned by playing fair.
Good sportsmanship is learned by both learning to win and lose gracefully. Other family night activities will stimulate your the creative thinking in your kids, develops longer attention spans, and it’s fun. As you can see there is no downside to scheduling a regular night of fun with your family. As a parent, you want to build lifelong family bonds that are strong, spending quality time with the family as a whole unit is a great way to keep those bonds strong.
Christine J. Williamson is the co-founder and writer for Super Mommy blog. She is blessed with two amazing boys and a great husband, and 100% loves blogging at I’m Super Mommy. Connect with her on Twitter! Cheers!

My Obsession with LYSOL®…

Written by Role Mommy’s Danielle Feigenbaum

unnamed.jpg Hello, my name is Danielle and I’m a germaphobe. “Hello Danielle.” Admitting you have a problem is the first step in recovery, right? Although, I’m not entirely sure I want to recover… thanks to my best friend, LYSOL®. When I was asked to join the No Flu Club with Lysol I thought to myself, sign me up and can I be the President?! This is perfect timing, with the crazy weather we have had (8 degrees to 50 degrees to snow and ice storms) it’s only natural that my 6 year old son would catch a cold. Listen, we all get sick, but I have some tips to help you get sick less often and not spread it throughout your household. Just because one family member has a cold or the flu, doesn’t mean the rest of the family needs to catch it! My secret weapon? LYSOL®!
I was super excited to receive a package with three great Lysol® products to add to my collection.
-Lysol® Power & Free Multi-Purpose Wipes: No bleach harshness or harsh chemical residue. Hydrogen Peroxide formula releases micro bubbles that penetrate to dissolve grease and tough messes. My favorite part? Kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria including Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Staphylococcus aureus, Rhinovirus Type 37 and Salmonella enterica. You can use the wipes so many different places around the house where germs are present… including: counter tops, sinks, door knobs, light switches, telephones, bathtub, toilet seats, glazed ceramic tiles, cabinets, shower door, vanity tops and chrome fixtures. I walked around with these wipes cleaning everything my son touched, and I’m happy to say his cold is almost gone and nobody else in the family has a cold! Woo hoo!
-Lysol® Disinfectant Spray: This is my go-to product… it kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria1Coronavirus, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and 2. It also kills 99.9% of mold and mildew and you can spray it on hard and soft surfaces all around the house. Right after my kids leave for school I spray down their rooms, who knows what they are bringing home… how many times will I get a letter from the school nurse about someone in their class having strep throat or the flu or something else?
-Lysol® Touch of Foam: Foaming Hand Soap: New Lysol® Touch of Foam foaming hand soap with dual effect is soft on skin and hard on germs. This is very important to me, especially during the winter months, my hands are SO dry. You have to wash your hands a lot and it’s so nice to have a soap that moisturizes and kills germs! The thick, rich, creamy lather works on contact to kill 99.9% of germs, while moisturizer enriched micro-bubbles leave skin feeling soft and comfortable after every wash and you don’t need a lot, one little pump of soap results in very clean, soft hands.
Through its Mission for Health, Lysol® engages communities across the country to promote hygiene practices and instill healthy habits. Together with its healthcare professional and education partners, such as the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Lysol® spreads healthy habits directly into schools and homes.
“Many people do not realize that cleaning is not synonymous with disinfecting and that they
need to use disinfectant products to remove cold and flu viruses from hard surfaces,” said Dr. Philip Tierno, microbiologist, immunologist, and member of The Global Hygiene Council. “Eighty percent of all infections are transmitted by direct and indirect contact, so by understanding how germs are transmitted and how that transmission can be interrupted,
families have a much better chance of warding off the flu.”
Here are some wonderful tips to help you stay healthy! In addition to routinely cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surface areas, the CDC recommends the following effective tips to help families stay healthy during peak flu activity:
-Get vaccinated with a seasonal flu shot – the most important step in preventing cold
and flu.
-Help prevent the spread of flu germs by practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette,
staying away from sick people, and staying home if you get sick.
-Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use hand sanitizer if you do not have
access to a sink.
I’m okay with being a germaphobe, since I don’t think it rules my life, it’s just a part of it. I try not to make my kids crazy, although I have to be honest, it warms my heart when my daughter uses a paper towel to open the door in public restrooms. I’m telling you from personal experience, Lysol® helps to keep you and your loved ones healthy and it keeps the germs away. So do your part in the fight against cold and flu season, arm yourself with Lysol® products and stay healthy!
Discloser: I was sent three Lysol products, all opinions are entirely my own.

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Pasta with Ricotta, peas and Broccoli

When serving pasta to the family, again, it doesn’t have to be a guilt inducing experience loaded with empty calories and carbs. Add some nutritious legumes and vegetables, even from the freezer, along with some spices to make this a meal you can feel good about serving. Oh, and it will just take a few minutes to make! Enjoy!
Pasta with Ricotta, Peas and Broccoli:

2 1/2-3 cups cooked pasta (I used macaroni)
1 cup steamed, chopped broccoli
1/3 cup frozen peas
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp olive oil
3 TBS ricotta cheese
salt, pepper and red chili pepper flakes (optional)
Grated Parmesan Cheese
In a sauce pan, heat up the oil over a low flame and add the spices and garlic. Stir until cobined for a few seconds
Add in the steamed, chopped broccoli and peas and stir
Add in the cooked pasta and stir until coated with spices and oil
Add in the ricotta cheese and stir until it’s all combined
Add salt and pepper to taste and some red chili pepper flakes if you like that
Finish it off with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated Parmesan
For more great recipes from Alma, check out: takebackthekitchen.com

Why I Hate Multiplexes & Love Old Movie Theaters

iStock_000014747193Small.jpgOver the past decade, movie multiplexes have been popping up faster than Dunkin Donuts franchises in my area. Since I am the ultimate movie buff, at first, I was really excited to get the chance to see whatever movie I wanted in a state of the art theater, but I have to say that lately, I am so over it.
If you are like me and can’t stand big crowds, there really isn’t any redeeming feature about one of those multiplexes that thrill me anymore. Here’s my list of multiplex gripes. See if you can relate:
1. When you arrive, the ticket lines are always interminably long. To make matters worse, by the time you get to the cashier, the movie you wanted to see is sold out.
2. The ticket machine line stinks too. If you’ve ordered tickets online and have to pick them up at the machine, that line is super long too.
3. The concession stand lines move at the speed of snail. Either the concession stand workers are being completely underpaid or there is no incentive for them to work faster and efficiently. And are they friendly? Typically they are just disinterested and sometimes, I think they purposely work as slowly as possible so you wind up with the worst seats in the theater.
4. The popcorn is gross. I mean how much salt do you really have to throw into that machine before you realize it’s way too salty?
5. Everything is ridiculously overpriced — including those ripoff “Director’s Hall” seats. You know that ploy – they actually schedule a movie time that allows you to have dinner without having to rush. Yes — those 8pm movies are always more money – and they even have assigned seating which means that if you get there too late, you’ll be staring up at the screen from the third row.
6. You get stuck with terrible seats. If you don’t go to the Director’s Hall theater and hit a regular theater and get there late, you will be subjected to a terrible row or you may have to split up and sit on one side of the theater while your partner or friend fends for themselves.
7. Parents behaving badly. Typically, parents with little kids notoriously bring them to big theaters – which means if you are seeing a family film, the tykes will inevitably stand on the chairs or talk during the movie. Plus, the multiplexes serve as babysitters for parents who still want to see a 10pm film and take their toddlers with them. Gotta love those people.
8. The bathrooms are atrocious. I do not care if they have automatic flushers, sinks that spurt out water if you wave your hand underneath it, Dyson air dryers or automatic paper towel dispensers. If people do not know how to flush the toilet appropriately and wipe the seat clean before they live the stall, they should be ashamed of themselves. And why don’t they have workers coming in to clean every hour on the hour during peak movie times? They do it at New York Sports Club whenever I don’t want them to mop the floor with their toxic and dirty mops. They should just send those people to the multiplex and have them go to town.
9. There are way too many previews. Don’t get me wrong. I love movie trailers. But after watching almost 10 before a film starts, it gets a bit much. Even though a movie might be scheduled for 7:15pm, with all the trailers, it doesn’t start until 7:30 or 7:45pm.
10. People don’t know how to drive. When you leave the movie theater, the parking lot is packed and people drive at the speed of snail too. We were trying to get home to let our puppy out of its crate but we were caught behind someone driving below the speed limit on a starry night without a fleck of snow in the forecast. If the weather conditions are optimal for driving, then put your foot on the gas and drive!
Now that I’ve gotten my multiplex rant out of the way, here’s why I absolutely love going to movies in old theaters. Some of my favorite theaters in Westchester are located in Bronxville, Pelham, Larchmont and Mamaroneck, NY. Kudos to Bowtie Cinemas for saving our old theaters! Here’s why I can’t get enough of them:
1. An old theater has charm and class. And yet, it’s renovated enough so that there are cup holders conveniently located in your seat.
2. No lines. There is never a wait for any movie no matter how small the theater.
3. You get love and kindness at the concession stand. I can’t tell you how many times a concession worker at an old theater convinced us to go with a value pack option at a small theater vs. a multiplex where they’d rather hand you bad popcorn in the container that’s smaller than your kids’ lunch bag.
4. It’s chilly and that’s a good thing. You know the theater will be drafty and that’s good because if you’ve gone to a late movie, you know you won’t fall asleep.
5. Clean bathrooms. The bathrooms, no matter how old they are, are always spotless.
6. Nice staff. The concession stand workers, who sometimes double as the ticket booth clerk and the ticket taker are always super friendly and helpful.
7. You always get the best seat in the house. The theater is hardly ever packed – even for a popular film and you can always find the perfect seat.
8. Old movie theater people are like old friends. People who attend old movie theaters are true movie lovers. They are polite, friendly and typically don’t break the cell phone and talking during a film rules.
9. They even serve coffee Not in the mood for a 36 ounce soda? Old theaters have you covered with Starbucks coffee served in a Keurig machine.
10. Just enough previews. While they show those classic trailers, they don’t over do it.
And here’s the bonus – typically, old theaters are located in a great neighborhood which means that if you want to grab a bite to eat either before or after the film, it’s a cinch to find whatever you want.
Incidentally, the restaurant option plays a huge role in our move going decisions. In fact, last night we drove around for 20 minutes trying to find a decent pizza place and when we were grossed out after a pizza maker sneezed into his hand while putting a calzone in the oven, we went without dinner and inhaled ridiculously salty movie popcorn instead.
So there you have it. When you and your family are planning an outing to see a movie, while everyone zigs and heads to the multiplex why not zag like us? There’s nothing quite like seeing a film at an old drafty movie theater. It’s got class, it’s conveniently located, it’s got charm, it could even be haunted and best of all, the people who work there are friendly, efficient and really want you to have a good time. If that’s not the recipe for a great movie night, then I don’t know what is.