Soup and salad, ham and cheese, rice and beans, peanut butter and jelly, dinner and a movie, all great combos. This Summer there are lots of opportunities to see a movie and get a bite to eat without going to a traditional theater. Here are my top picks around the Bay:
1. Charles Chocolates Summer Movie Series
On the patio at the Emeryville factory and store location you can see a movie and snack on caramel popcorn. Bring your own chair, couch or blanket and join the fun. On July 25th see Big Night, on August 8th it's Mostly Martha and August 22nd Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the Tim Burton version) Movies start at 8:30 and are FREE but please RSVP. Movies start at 8:30 pm. 6529 Hollis St. Emeryville
2. Friday Night Flicks at Copia
What to do in Napa after a day of wine tasting? See a movie! Upcoming films include Dinner at Eight, Rear Window and the Seven-Year Itch. Films start at 8:00 and tickets are $7 general admission and $6 for members. You can purchase tickets online or on-site. Have dinner at Julias' Kitchen for $29 or get a cheap bite to eat next door at the Oxbow Market. Copia is located at 500 First St in Napa.
3. Cinema Supper Club
At the Legion of Honor you can see movies with a San Francisco backdrop. On July 17th see The Conversation, on August 7th it's Harold and Maude. For a full listing of films check out the events calendar. Screenings begin at 8pm and tickets are $20 but include admission to the art galleries. Dinner is sold separately in the cafe. Purchase tickets at museumtix.com. The Legion is located at 34 Avenue and Clement St in Lincoln Park, San Francisco.
Sneaking in your own snack? Here's an easy recipe:
Makes: 8-10 cups
1/4 Cup oil
1/2 Cup popcorn
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1. Heat oil in a large pot, over medium heat.
2. Add the popcorn when the oil is hot and begins to shimmer.
3. Sprinkle the sugar over the kernels, tightly cover and shake the pan to keep the corn from sticking.
4. When the popping slows down remove the pot from the heat and toss with salt.