Dinner + a Movie: An Unrivaled Cult Classic Double Feature

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Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on March 14, 2016

It may seem old and tired by now, but there’s a reason we all grow up knowing about “dinner and a movie” dates. Likely it was the first type of date you went on. Maybe going to the movies was how you could scope out cute kids from other schools. Although many of us can reminisce about the good ole’ days of dinner and a movie, it might not be our go-to date anymore. Now that Buffalo has so many new activities to try out, you might feel a little boring suggesting dinner and a movie.

Have no fear – the classic date is still here!

Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel. It means you spent time looking for a way to break the Netflix and chill cycle while still keeping comfy in those lovely red chairs that theaters never fail to have. It means you can snuggle up during the movie, then go out after to have deep conversations about the mise-en-scène.

So for each weekend of the month, Step Out Buffalo has made a new kind of pairing – not of the wine and cheese or meat and beer varieties. A cool movie plus a creative restaurant choice means serious props to you.


Film: Labyrinth and Donnie Darko

The Screening Room Cinema and Café, 3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY

Showtimes: Both films will be shown Fri. March 18; Labyrinth at 7:30 p.m. and Donnie Darko at 9:30 p.m.

You can also see just Donnie Darko on March 11, 12, 15 and 17

You can check out Labyrinth March 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26


Restaurant: The Falafel Bar

3047 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY

Restaurant Info >>

This weekend The Screening Room is packing a serious cinematic punch with two cult classics in one night: Labyrinth and Donnie Darko. With each film just $6, for $12 you’re getting a theatrical treat that is pretty much unrivaled.

How far in advance the kind folks over at The Screening Room planned these showings of Labyrinth we may not know – it is the film’s 30th anniversary – but it certainly is an apt time to celebrate the brilliance of the eternal David Bowie. Labyrinth was directed by the king of 80’s fantasy films, Jim Henson, and tells of a teenager’s struggle to save her baby brother after he is taken from her by Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie).

After exiting the world of the fantastical Henson, stay in the theatre to delve into the mind-bending world of Donnie Darko. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie Darko, a teenage boy who begins having some seriously creepy visions of a rabbit after escaping an accident. The rabbit gets Darko to perpetrate crimes, making this a new classical psychological thriller.

If there’s one weekend a month to go see films, I’d suggest you take advantage of this fantastic double feature showing.

Since it’ll be a long night of movie-watching, I recommend that you stick real, and I mean real, close to the theater by eating at Amherst’s The Falafel Bar. The Falafel Bar is within walking distance of The Screening Room so you can make sure you’re on time – I’d suggest arriving at 7 p.m. if you’re seeing Labyrinth – and able to snag a good seat, get an inexpensive bottle of wine, and one of The Screening Room’s insanely cheap buckets of popcorn.

The Falafel Bar is a very classy looking joint and serves spectacular Mediterranean foods. The menu gives you a lot of options: You can split some smaller mazas, grab a starter or two (the brik is amazing), make your own combo, or hog a plate all to yourself.

Luckily with Mediterranean food you can go as exciting and adventurous or stick as close to comfort as you want and you’ll still get a great meal. They serve a good souvlaki, a good Greek salad, and good soups, so even if you or your date are a more apprehensive eater, everyone will be well-satiated.

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