Dine-in movies can be great for those who are in desperate need of a burger rather than popcorn, but for the rest of the theater, a pub-style dinner does not improve the movie-watching experience. As Sam Eichner writes for The Outline:
Aside from occasionally inducing nausea, I’ve come to view the recent scourge of “dine-in” movie theaters...as fundamentally antithetical to movies themselves. These establishments allege to improve the moviegoer’s experience with artisanal pub fare and themed cocktails delivered to one’s seat but they simultaneously misunderstand why some of us go to the movies in the first place: to escape.
Eichner explains that he hates everything from the crouching waiters—trying their best not to disrupt the film—to the seat neighbors whispering about exchanging their tater tots.
The movie theater is not the place for dinner. The entire concept of "dinner and a movie" implies one happens before the other, not simultaneously. Eichner explains his hatred for dine-in movie theaters simply:
I hate the smell of cheeseburgers in the dark.
Even The Tylt's own Community Manager, Anna Bold, agrees:
Others love the dine-in movie experience, claiming it makes going to the movies more of an event. In a world where movies are quickly accessible online, theaters need all the help they can get when it comes to getting paying customers in the door.
At a dine-in theater, you can sit back, relax and enjoy some of your favorite foods. GrubStreet even lists "Korean chicken tacos, Turkish lamb sliders, cheese and charcuterie plates, truffle popcorn" as some of the popular menu items at one dine-in theater. The days of cheap popcorn are long gone.
Let's be honest, most movie-goers are trying to sneak in Chipotle to the theater anyway. At a dine-in theater, you've got everything you need in one spot, from drinks and apps to dessert. Why would you go anywhere else?