Cinema Pub

Dear Readers: For the first time ever, AJ & Spencer have composed a 50/50 collaborative post! Hence the author: screensnacks.

Hope you enjoy, lovelies! Now onto the main course:

Once upon a time, a movie theatre was hungry and it ate an entire restaurant. The restaurant was sooo delicious that it lived on inside the belly of the movie theatre. The owner decided to accept the situation and make lemonade by putting up a new sign. That day the Route One Cinema Pub was born.

Per suggestion of Spencer’s boss lady Amanda, we found our way to this home town hot spot that took the “dinner and a movie” format to a whole new level. A novel idea! And one that catapulted AJ into his usual maelstrom of crazy:

  • “How will we both see the screen?”
  • “How many screens are in each theatre?”
  • “What if the food isn’t good?”
  • “What if the people at the table next to us are weird?”
  • “What happens if I have to pee?”

…and that was just the first second of contemplation. The frontrunners in a series of questions that he held privately until after the experience. Thankfully so, for the two of them. Because for Spencer, it sounded heavenly. Food and flicks, all in one? Sounds familiar, he thought.

Any doubts were soon suspended upon entering the space.  All seating configurations were represented (Dinner for two, four, six, eight, you name it!). Not to mention the chairs were superbly comfortable and the space between tables was perfectly plotted. AJ miraculously didn’t have to pee, but he would have had no trouble ‘sneaking out,’ had nature made the call.

During our feast planning, we weren’t being quiet (AJ asks: What mean quiet?) So our neighbor-turned-coach spun around in her comfy barrel-chair and, like Gandalf with his Hobbits, lead us with her experience and encouragement. She and her partner offered a warmth that brought them close to us in a way that felt like a double-date, so much so that we had to mention them here. Their names, Jack and Diane. Yes, as he proudly pointed out, like the song. Two American kids grown in the heartland.

The movie rolled exactly on time. 6:01pm.

This is what we ordered from the menu

  1. Garden Salad: Iceberg, Tomato, Cucumber, Peppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5 .50
    (with the homemade bleu cheese dressing that we dipped everything into. It’s that good and had huge chunks of delicious bleu cheese mixed in.)
  2. Homemade Eggrolls: Buffalo Chicken, Steak & Cheese, Pulled Pork, Meat Lover (sausage, pepperoni, meatball, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce), Italian (ham, salami, pepperoni, american cheese), Make your own Combo (choose any 3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8 .99
  3. Grilled pizza: Steak & Cheese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9.50
  4. Nachos with Spicy Chicken and cheese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7 .50
  5. Blueberry Beer and a bottle of water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4.75

The delicious high-end bar-food more than satisfied, and came to $38.99 before tax and tip. Brittany (Britney? Brittnee?) was awesome, attentive and eager to please. She epitomized good service.

The movie of the night was Massachusetts-based coming-of-age summer tale The Way Way Back.

An indie sleeper hit that played out like a dysfunctional modern-day Brady Bunch episode, it featured a slew of Hollywood notables. Namely Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Allison Janney (as Boozey Betty), Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph.

The screensnacks certified star of the show was Sam Rockwell as Owen. A well-meaning, sarcastic, big kid who readily offers teen outcast Duncan a place in the Water Wizz family. In the duration of the film, he offers a few gold nuggets of advice, the most succinct resulting from a forfeited game of Pac Man.

“No patterns on my quarter,” he says, “Cut your own path.”

Diane told Jack in the opening minutes that a portion of the movie was shot in Marshfield, MA, and the table behind us vocally noted each familiar street throughout the movie. This made our experience even more nuanced. Watching a locally made film in a locally owned theater-pub just made everything feel a bit more connected. Heck, one of the ladies daughter’s even worked on the same street as Water Wizz!

We both agreed that the takeaway sentiment of the night was one of embracing peculiarities. Taking steps into new territories and not being afraid of what you might find. Because if you open up, there’s a whole world that feels like home. We felt it inside those walls. With the respectful, enthusiastic crowd. The amazingly kind wait staff. The freshly made food. And the wonderful movie that captivated all of us.

And if that sounds like an adventure not worth taking, you can always drive down Rte 1 in N. Attleboro to see the argyle Uhaul.

Have fun y’all! Enjoy.

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