One of the best things about being back home is getting to spend time with the hilarious group of girls who work with me. We’ve all gotten to be pretty close over the past year and I’ve particularly loved getting to know them better over 7 o’clock cocktails and birthday celebrations. Last week we began a new after-work tradition by going to see a movie at the newly remodeled Canal Place Theatre, where we drank white wine, ate fancy food, and swooned over Edward and Jacob in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse“.
Canal Place is the premier place to shop in New Orleans, and the new theatre finally displays a sophisticated atmosphere that it was previously lacking. The new theatre has over-sized leather chairs (sit in the front row and you get an ottoman!), the latest in projectors and audio systems to ensure a quality picture and sound, in-seat service, and a chef-inspired menu of Mediterranean themed dishes that are sure to please. Popcorn and assorted candy are still the staples, but you won’t find any lukewarm hot dogs or stale nachos with electric-orange cheese at this theatre. Instead, expect to see things like white truffle popcorn, flatbread pizzas, prosciutto wrapped bread sticks, and grilled tuna salads. Chef Adolfo Garcia, who owns the popular restaurants RioMar and La Boca, has been able to take the same high-quality presentation and flavor of fine dining and make it movie friendly. I traded in my usual box of Sno-Caps for the portabella mushroom, Manchego, and artichoke pizza, and paired it with a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The pizza, which was a decent size for the $13 pricetag, had a super thin crust (which I love), and enough diced mushrooms scattered atop to make me a happy camper. The use of Manchego as opposed to traditional mozzarella was also a nice touch and added a lot more flavor. My friends ordered the Glazed Duck Salad with figs and the vegetable, goat cheese, and roasted red pepper panini, which they said were also very good.
The Theatres are going to continue to show a wide variety of films, including the independent, art, and foreign films they were previously known for featuring, as well as many main-stream Hollywood flicks. Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the movie time to order and receive your food and drinks, and please note that no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the theatre, due to the fact that alcoholic beverages are served (I.D.’s will be checked). There is also the option to purchase tickets early and reserve seats, which is very useful for those long-awaited releases. And even though movie-watching at The Canal Place Theater is more expensive than at other places, I know I could definitely get used to its cozy, pampering atmosphere. Between being served white wine while watching the latest blockbuster and sharing even more good times with work friends, I have a feeling that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.