This one came in from mama2dylan.
On Saturday, September 20, my son and I attended the Get Smart movie at the Northern Lights Theater Pub on South Commercial. Their claim is "bringing dining and movies together in Salem". What a great concept! When you arrive you purchase your ticket to the showing of your choice of 3 different movies in 3 theaters. All movies for all ages are $3.00 each. Then you get in the food concession line to order form a beefed up menu, not your usual popcorn and candy fare, but much more. In fact that's why we chose to wait to eat at the theater rather than at somewhere else before hand.
Their menu can be found on their website and it is recommended that you know what you want before arriving to keep the line moving quickly as it does get long. Also they don't take debit/credit cards in the food concession line, so bring cash or purchase vouchers at the front door when you purchase your movie tickets. After you place your order you are given a table # to be placed on your table so that the staff can deliver it to your seat when it is ready. They also offer a nice selection of beer on tap or in the bottle as well as Willamette Valley wines. The theaters have been renovated by removing rows of chairs to be replaced by tables that sit right in front of your seat for ease of dining.
We arrived at 5:20 for the 5:50 showing. We waited in the food concession line and placed our food order at about 5:30. We ordered the bean dip appetizer, the bacon burger, the beef nachos, popcorn, lemonade and M&M's. Our total came to over $25.00 I tossed $2.00 into the service staff tip jar at the register. I then ordered a Coors Light for another $3.00 and tipped the bartender a dollar. I'm up to $31.00 now not including admission.
We waited and waited for our food to arrive. Finally I went up front to inquire and was told the kitchen was "backed up". I saw numerous people get their food way before us. I was one of the 1st people in line for food before the show started. My number was 126, I saw people in the 200's being served before me. We finally received our order at 6:40, that's an hour and 10 minutes after ordering. Try explaining that to a very hungry 10 yo boy who was told before we left the house that we would just eat at the theater.When the food did arrive it was cold and mediocre at best. The nachos were a cold clump of cheese and beef. I also thought appetizer meant just that and that the bean dip would arrive ahead of the rest of the order. I also found the beer to be on the warm side. In the future if we do return to the theater we will be eating elsewhere before we come.