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Dinner, Date, and the Silver Screen
Summertime is movie time. But if you’re already weary
of the high-octane onslaught of blow ’em up dramas and
spooky cyber-effects, New Brunswick City Market has planned a
The "Dinner and a Movie" series, set in the opulent splendor
of New Brunswick’s State Theater — a former RKO movie palace —
begins with happy hour in the lobby, followed by a fun classic feature
film on the big screen, then sends its couples to any one of 17
New Brunswick restaurants and night spots for a prixe fixe meal,
discount, or complimentary dessert, all through the magic of a $6
Representing the dinner component of the "Dinner and a Movie"
series are Delta’s, the Frog and the Peach, Caebel’s Steak and Fresh
Fish, Green Grotto, Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, La Fontana
Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant, Marita’s Cantina, North Star Cafe, Nova
Terra, The Old Bay Restaurant, The Round Grill, Sapporo Sushi and
Steak House, Soho on George, Stage Left Restaurant, Szechwan Gourmet,
and Tumulty’s Pub. Call or drop by for the brochure that lists
and phone numbers for all these eateries.
"Dinner and a Movie" opens Thursday, July 26, with "The
Big Easy," and features Cajun hors d’oeuvres and Hurricanes from
the Old Bay Restaurant. The New Orleans thriller, starring Dennis
Quaid and Ellen Barkin, begins at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Jim McBride
and released in 1987, this New Orleans mystery-romance features Dennis
Quaid and Ellen Barkin as sexy adversaries in a police scandal. Quaid
plays a seductive detective investigating a series of mob-related
murders, while Barkin plays an assistant district attorney looking
into allegations of an entire cop force on the take, including Quaid.
The series continues with a stellar restored print of the Beatles’
1964 hit "A Hard Day’s Night," directed by Richard Lester,
on Thursday, August 2. "Like Water for Chocolate," the popular
Mexican feature soaked in cooking and food, is featured on Thursday,
August 9. Directed by Alfonso Arau and based on the popular novel
written by his wife, Laura Esquivel, the film tells its imaginative
story of enduring love with magic realism, tradition, and drama,
tables groaning with piquant dishes you can almost smell.
The final food-oriented offering in the series is "Big Night"
on Thursday, August 16. This gem of a film, a hit on the 1996 festival
circuit, brought renewed acclaim for Stanley Tucci, its co-writer,
co-producer, co-director (with Campbell Scott), and star. It tells
the beautiful and touching story of two Italian brothers (Tucci and
Tony Shalhoub) fresh off the boat and trying to make it in the
business in America. It co-stars Isabella Rossellini and Minnie Driver
and enough fine food to make you happy that dinner is included.
Theater, Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-545-4849. $6 at the
Another movie-goers destination this summer is
County Theater, the chic new Bucks County venue that specializes in
"film society" type films, classic foreign and art films,
and the occasional odd-ball or extraordinary Hollywood offerings.
In this latter category is the Hollywood Summer Nights series, running
through Labor Day, offering the kind of classics that gave movies
a good name. Coming in the fall is a County Theater Alfred Hitchcock
festival with screenings, lecture, and discussion by film historian
and Hitchcock specialist Warren Dey.
215-345-6789. Screenings are at 4:15 and 9:15 p.m. $4 and $7.50.
Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Vincent Price. July 18, 19, 22, and
Howard Hawks and starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. July 25,
26, 29, and 30.
romantic novel directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon
and Laurence Olivier. August 1, 2, 5, and 6.
Williams play directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and
Vivien Leigh. August 12, 13 and 15.
and starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden.
August 15, 16, 19, and 20.
who tries to convince a doubting world that another planet is rushing
towards earth. Directed by Rudolph Mate, it won an Oscar for special
effects. August 22, 26 and 27.
the Boris Pasternak novel and starring Julie Christie, Omar Sharif,
and Alec Guinness. August 29, 30, September 2, 3.
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