Over the holidays, I was excited to check out the Movie Lounge, a Fort Smith, Arkansas movie theater that bills itself as “a triple feature” of fine dining, fun, and film. I had read that Chef Blythe Beck, from the Oxygen Channel’s Naughty Kitchen TV show, had taken over cooking duties at the Lounge and the online menu posted on their site let me know that they offered more than your typical popcorn/nachos/big gulp drinks. But the food there was tastier, fancier, and even prettier than I was expecting!
Our group met up to see an enjoyable romantic comedy. And “About Time” was really cute. But the highlight far and away had to be the trays of delicacies served to us throughout the movie as part of the locale’s Red-Button Service.
I had the Avocado Crab Crunch, which included jumbo lump crab rolled in seasoned bread crumbs, a strong yet tasty drink called “The Mob Wife” that combined coconut rum and Amaretto liqueur, and a shared chocolate fudge waffle for dessert. That last bit of heaven included peanut butter ice cream and decadent slices of caramelized bananas. Yep, I was definitely stuffed when I walked out!
Some of my friends instead had the Movie Lounge’s version of Chicken and Waffles, which turned out to be sweet waffle-battered fried chicken strips with gravy and waffle fries with maple ketchup. Yum!!
While we were eating our way through the movie, the 1400 square foot “Screening Room” next door was hosting a company holiday party, complete with a private movie showing. The overall decor of the Lounge is fun and sleek, from a cool purple glow from the bar and drink shelves, to framed black and white photos of movie icons against the black walls, and “spotlights” hanging down and positioned throughout.
There’s also a pretty spectacular dining area/ballroom that features live music, standup comedy, and improv acts periodically.
Our night ended on a super positive note when we got the chance to actually meet Chef Blythe. She came out for pictures, to answer our questions, and to enjoy all the compliments we were giving. She also had some very nice things to say about her adopted town of Fort Smith.
It was a fun night, especially coming in the middle of the week. And it’s something I want to do again — soon! But next time I plan on trying their Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chop. Or their Honey Soy Glazed Halibut. Or… anything on the menu really! For once, the movie definitely takes second place to the refreshments served.
NOTE: For foodies out there, the Movie Lounge’s website includes downloadable pdf versions of recipes for Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Jalapeno Cheddar Grits, a Rootbeer BBQ Sauce and Chef Blythe’s Pork Tenderloin, and Pineapple Bars with a Lavender Sauce. Wowza!
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Sounds like a wonderful place to go.
It is! The next time you visit the area Darlene, we’ll have to go check it out together.
I need to find a theater like that in Denver. I’d love to see a movie and take it up a notch with some tasty food. The crab looks and sounds yummy. I thought I was splurging when I got popcorn with butter.
Ha! I’ve tried several other towns’ movie and dinner places (such as in Wichita) but the food at the Movie Lounge seemed to be at a whole different level. As for Denver, it looks like the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers drinks and pizza. (But I’ve heard they WILL kick you out for talking. So be careful!) http://drafthouse.com/denver/littleton/littleton_menu/
Darn it, I KNEW I should have driven to Ft Smith for that meeting! After this recommendation, I will definitely plan an evening at the Movie Lounge during my next trip there. Chef Beck’s menu sounds inventive and delicious.
You won’t regret trying out the menu choices Sandy. Inventive and delicious is a perfect description!
Whoo hoo! That was a great article about our Movie Lounge experience. It was definitely a highlight of 2013 for me! I will go again really soon. Thanks! Doc
Thanks for commenting Doc!
This was a wonderful way for our small group to celebrate a Christmas Party together. The food was wonderful, the drinks were fabulous and while viewing the movie, the wait staff constantly tended to our needs (and wants). I highly recommend the Movie Lounge for a few or a group.
Agreed! I’m looking forward to going back and systematically working my way through their menu.
We seldom get up to Ft. Smith, maybe annually, but definitely are ready for lunch by then, when we do. Will keep this place in mind!
Sounds great Katharine! I think you all will really enjoy it.