Oh, to have a shot of whiskey with Greta Garbo. Martinis with Myrna Loy. A glass of full-bodied red with Meryl Streep. I always wished I could sip along with the movie characters on the big screen; and recently, I realized I could.
Maybe I’m behind the times, but I was thrilled when on a visit to my hometown (Bethesda, Maryland), I went to the movies with my parents and found an elegant, fully stocked bar right in the center of the multiplex movie theater.
My father always insists on arriving maddeningly early, so instead of sulking alongside my teenage daughter, who prefers to breeze in at the last minute, I sat in a red leather chair with my glass of Pinot Noir. When the usher overheard me saying I’d have to hurry to finish the glass before the movie started, he shook his head. “No, you can bring it in,” he said.
Ah, heaven on earth. The seats at this theater were reserved, so I didn’t have to stress about being edged out by another neurotic movie-nut Woody Allen fan like myself. And the seats were roomy, with a cup holder perfect for my (clear plastic) wine glass.
By the time the movie started, with the jazz music that signaled the start of another cinematic treat from Woody Allen, I was pleasantly buzzed. That one glass was just right, although I wouldn’t have minded being able to raise my hand for another. But then I wouldn’t have been able to feel slightly superior to Cate Blanchett’s vodka-swilling character Jasmine, who didn’t know when to stop.
If you, too, want to drink at the movies, here’s a guide to some movie theaters that serve booze.
And here’s an interesting site, called Booze Movies, about drinking in the movies.