Drinks + a Movie Date: Darling

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Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel.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: Darling

The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza Business Center – 3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst

Showtimes: Fri April 29 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sat April 30 at 9 p.m.; Tues May 3 and  Thurs May 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat May 7 at 9:45 p.m.


Bar: Iron Works

49 Illinois St., Buffalo

If you’re ready for a modern-day, gory, black-and-white psychological thriller then it’s lucky for you that The Screening Room is hosting Buffalo’s first run premiere of Mickey Keating’s film, Darling. If you’re tired of all the repetitively bloodbath films Hollywood loves churning out, then mark Darling on your must-see-movie calendar because it’s sure to have boatloads of style.

Although many of the criticisms of the film say it is all style over substance, most people actually appreciate that. The film is a visual masterpiece set in a mysterious Manhattan mansion. The film’s star, Lauren Ashley Carter, truly looks the part with her massive eyes, tame 1950’s hair flip, and modest black and white collared dress.

Carter’s character is merely called “Darling” as she is hired as a caretaker for the mansion by Madame, played by Sean Young. Upon moving in, Darling finds out about the mansion’s history and reputation. But, like many great ghost stories, Darling asks the audience if it’s the house or the girl that’s really haunted.

Buffalo Iron Works
Buffalo Iron Works

After all the film’s blood and gore, dinner might not really be of interest to anyone, but a good drink is always welcome.  The Cobblestone District is a concentrated area of haunted-ness in the city, as any haunted bar crawl will tell you. Although you might not run into any headless ghosts, there is definitely something about the Cobblestone District that certainly feels spooky and historical late at night. Iron Works, if you’ve managed to somehow never attend a live show there, is a bar in the heart of the District. They’ve got a splendid bar food menu and live music every night of the week.

So if you’re with someone who gets way too freaked out by scary movies, getting drinks at a busy bar might be just the thing they need.




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Emma Janicki-Gechoff
Author: Emma Janicki-Gechoff

When Emma is not supplementing her income by musing on Buffalo's resurgence, she serves in a lively first grade classroom on the East Side as an Americorps member. She recently graduated from UB, where she likely spent more time trying to find a parking spot than in classes. Emma spends her evenings playing fetch with her Russian novelist kitten, Fyodor, and listening to her partner practice trombone in the living room. Emma's best Buffalo days always involve dusty bookshops, quirky films, and live music in intimate settings.

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