You can never get too many opportunities for entertainment, unless the entertainment's so captivating you die of starvation because your eyes are literally glued to it, or a group of wheelchair assassins rolls up to your door to steal it to use as a terrorist weapon. That's from Infinite Jest. You'd know that if you made it past page 10. Offering ultimate gratification and no reading at all, Gold Class Cinemas.
Officially opening May 7th, Gold's the newest addition to Austin's eat & watch culture, a luxury movie complex with posh touches like micro-suede recliners, freshly washed pillows and blankets, a whopping 8 ft of legroom, and intimate theaters (seating either 40 or 24) in which to enjoy a menu of gourmet finger-foods and top-shelf liquor; there's also a cocktail lounge hearkening back to American cinema's golden age via b&w portraits of DeNiro as Travis Bickle, Eastwood as Dirty Harry, and Woody Allen as...Dirty Allen.
The cutlery-minimizing menu shames popcorn with snacks like blue-cheese potato chips and wasabi-sauced fried calamari, as well as bigger plates like a wagyu burger w/ applewood smoked you-know-what, a NY Strip on ciabatta w/ sriracha aioli, and a classic Cuban, the embargo against which your stomach will always find a way around.
To make even the most ill-conceived films entertaining, there's a 2-page, 70+ bottle wine list, 12 taps (512 Pecan Porter, Live Oak Pilsner...) and a dozen more longnecks (Scrimshaw, Real Ale Rio Blanco...), plus signature cocktails from the Ginger Collins (Tanqueray, Canton, strawberries, sweet/sour, ginger, sugar rim) to an Absolut/De Kuyper/cran/Sprite concoction called the Rated "R", certain to lead to foul language and partial nudity.
Pick up a membership card at the theater and sign up online to become entitled to a $7 discount off tickets, half-price Tuesdays, advance screenings, and a monthly open-bar soiree, where the opportunity for entertainment will be Infinite You.