Philadelphia, PA - The Colonial Theatre is serving up an innovative and delicious program that brings new meaning to the phrase ''dinner and a movie.'' Edible Cinema is the latest addition to a diverse set of film series’ ranging from Fright Night and Cult favorites to an Illuminating Cinema film education series that engages patrons in the discussion about beloved classics.
The Edible Cinema series features favorite foodie films and menus inspired by each story, which will serve as a new experience for audiences.
Ken Metzner, Executive Director of the Colonial Theatre, notes " have you ever fallen in love with a bottle of wine while traveling and brought it back home only to discover that it didn’t taste the same as you remembered? Our responses to food are intimately connected with the communities we inhabit; the Edible Cinema series looks to foster singular culinary experiences born of extraordinary cinematic encounters.”
The Colonial Staff tested the concept with a May screening of The Search for General Tso, featuring Chinese ‘take out’ (including the title dish) that patrons enjoyed during the film, noticed this environmental interaction, and expanded the program.
The first Edible Cinema event features Stanley Tucci’s Big Night and is perfect for anyone who enjoys spending quality time with a fork, loves cheese, and jokes that only a brother could love. Big Night follows two brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) striving to balance their dream of serving authentic Italian cuisine with keeping their restaurant afloat.
Considered by The Guardian to have ‘changed the way Americans experienced food,’ the film features memorable performances by Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Allison Janney, Isabella Rossellini, and Campbell Scott, who co-directed the movie with Tucci.
Big Night screens Saturday, September 14th at 7:30 PM on 35mm in the Colonial’s historic auditorium. There are three ways to enjoy this Edible Cinema event. Dinner and movie tickets enable patrons to enjoy a 5:30 PM dinner, drink of choice, and dessert at the Colonial; a portion of each $100 ticket is a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit.
Dinner will feature the classic Timpano featured in the movie and is catered by Shorty’s Sunflower Cafe. This savory cake is stuffed with a variety of Italian fillings, then wrapped in a cocoon of baked pasta. (Hungry yet?) Patrons looking for a different experience can purchase movie tickets only, or a special ticket to enjoy the film with Italian desserts. To all those who dare come hungry to this event: you’ve been warned!
About The Colonial Theatre
The recently expanded, Colonial Theatre is located on Bridge Street in the heart of downtown Phoenixville. The venue is comprised of the 117-year-old Colonial Theatre and adjacent Bank of Phoenixville building, which houses two additional theatres and patron amenities that include a bar and concessions. Open seven days a week, and the Colonial offers new film releases daily at a minimum of nine screening times. Cult and classic movies, children’s concerts and movies, live concerts, and comedy for adults, and special events and program series are additional
For tickets and more information, visit www.TheColonialTheatre.com/programs/big-night/