Best Luxury Movie Theater - 2012
AMC Esplanade 14
Reclining seats. Swing-over tray. Waitstaff that comes when you push a button. Going out to a movie has never seemed so civilized. AMC renovated and re-opened this theater in August 2011, and the experience is now first-class. Each time at the Dine-In Theater, we felt almost giddy for the first few minutes in our ultra-cushy recliner, and when we got our first cocktail, we giggled out loud. After a lifetime of cheap-to-middlin' movie seats, munching on popcorn and Milk Duds while sipping a Coke we shouldn't have upsized, we find the novelty of being served real food and alcoholic beverages — in a real glass! — very appealing. Another cool thing: Some of the 14 theaters are only for adults over 21 — nixing the possibility that we'll have to see someone take their 6-year-old to the new Saw flick. As the lights dim and the feature presentation begins, we raise a White Russian to AMC.