Pane e Vino
A dining discount program available to PURE Theater full-season subscribers is returning for an encore performance.
After a successful debut run last season, the Patron Dining Program is again being listed among the benefits offered to theatergoers who purchase the $200, six-ticket flex package. Participants are eligible for deals on the same nights they attend shows: According to the program’s developer, board member Terry Fox, the deals “differ by establishment, and range from 25 percent discounts on meal and drink to specialty cocktail and appetizer combos.” Continue reading
This may count as second-run news, but for someone who’s previously lived in two other cities with a Cinebarre and never been able to enjoy a martini at the movies, it’s a big deal to discover the Mt. Pleasant location now offers liquor drinks.
The Asheville-based dinner-and-a-movie chain last month underscored the “bar” in Cinebarre by adding spirits to its beverage service. Previously, the theater served margaritas and other pseudo-mixed drinks made with wine.
The new cocktail menu features 16 drinks, priced at $9-$10, including a Charleston Tea made with sweet tea vodka and a Dark & Stormy finished with fresh lime. There’s also a line-up of “grown-up milkshakes” blended with vodka.
But Steve Jobs, the subject of the critically-derided biopic now playing on one of Cinebarre’s 11 screens, probably wouldn’t have ordered any of the above: He liked non-alcoholic grape juice.
I recently had the chance to chat with another recent arrival to Charleston: She’s been here longer than I have, but not so long that she’s become blasé about the cost of dinner and a show. As she likes to tell friends back in north Jersey – friends who regularly pay $12 in bridge tolls, $100 for dinner and $110 for a theater ticket – an evening out is just easier here.
And this fall, Tristan and Charleston Stage are again teaming up on a deal designed to make such an evening even more affordable. The “Dinner and a Show” program returns Aug. 30, offering a two-person food, wine and Dock Street Theater ticket package for $150.
In addition to a three-course meal and bottle of house wine, participants receive valet parking and a post-show dessert. The menu includes hay-smoked tonnarelli pasta; house-made mozzarella; beef rib loin with pickled ramps and Scottish salmon with ember-cooked carrots.
“Dinner and a Show” is only available Thursday-Saturday. First up on the theater’s schedule is 9 to 5: The Musical; for the complete calendar and more information, check out Charleston Stage’s website.