Jerry and I are movie maniacs with wide ranging tastes and a love of films like Five Deadly Venoms, Unforgiven, Shaun of the Dead, Lord of the Rings, MegaMind, Shawshank Redemption, and Bubba Ho-Tep to name a random few. We enjoy going to the cinema to see new action, sci-fi blockbusters, to catch a limited release independent film, and to revisit old favorites. This past month we visited the Marketplace Cinemas and a/perture cinema for great movies and snacks galore.
I think a/perture’s description on tumblr fits them to a T, “An independent theatre in downtown Winston-Salem. Beer, wine, and a whole bunch of movies you’ve probably never heard of” but will absolutely love. In April during NC Beer Month, we saw Hellboy at a/perture as part of the ongoing Night Shift series (old or new, classy or cult, scary or camp- films to stay up late for). To celebrate NC Beer Month, the cinema featured three NC craft beers (Lonerider Sweet Josie – a nutty, malty brown ale, Aviator Hog Wild IPA – a piney, hopped beer with citrus peel bitterness, and Foothills Hoppyum), and each purchase came with a special commemorative cup. They also have wine.
We snacked on Chad’s Carolina White Cheddar Corn, fresh tasting with a nice salty cheese accent. They also had Pumpkin Pie, Dark Chocolate and Kettle Corn flavors. For our sweet fix, we selected the rich, pure indulgent Ghana Forestero Dark Chocolate bar made by It’s Chocolate, manufactured from bean to bar in Winston, NC. They also carried the Ecuador dark chocolate bar. I wish they stocked the Dominican Republic with Peruvian Lemon Drop Chili Pepper because it sounds amazing. You can get traditional movie candy like Raisinetes, Junior Mints, M&M’s, etc.
We returned to a/perture for a romantic drama, The Lunchbox. The sign for Wolfies Gourmet Frozen Custard caught our eye. We tried the intensely peanutty Texas Peanut Butter custard with chopped peanuts. If you’ve been looking for Wolfies on 4th street, stop in Washington Perk where their dipping case was recently installed. Their downtown presence moved into Washington Perk and Provision Company at 301 W. 4th Street. They will also be making custard at the Washington Park location at 228 Arcadia Ave. We paired our frozen custard with a diet soft drink…to zero out the calories of course!
The Marketplace Cinemas on Peters Creek Parkway has the best movie deal in Winston. On $2.00 Tuesdays, the movies, medium popcorn, all candy and medium sodas are $2.00 each. An evening movie for $2.00; this was a bargain we couldn’t pass up! Jerry and I went to see RoboCop. All Marketplace movies are presented in Christie Digital Projection and Dolby Digital Sound. Through the rest of the week and weekend, tickets are $2.50. That’s an incredible price with a hefty savings for most families compared to the chain theaters. We enjoyed the hot, fresh popcorn topped with butter. There were salt and cheddar cheese seasoning shakers on the counter along with Texas Pete. Rounding out our movie snack, we added a box of Butterfinger Bites from the candy selection and an ice cold medium soft drink.
Earlier this year, we attended a Tugg event at The Marketplace. The epic, the awesome Knights of Badassdom movie staring Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Summer Glau (Firefly), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tom Hopper (Merlin), Steve Zahn (Mind Games), Jimmi Simpson (House of Cards), and Danny Pudi (Community) played to a packed house. We noticed several couples carrying plastic popcorn buckets in the lobby. For $10, you get a large filled popcorn bucket that you bring back throughout the year for $3.75 refills, another fantastic price savings for frequent movie goers. If popcorn and soda isn’t your thing, they have Nachos with Ricos spicy cheese dip and Cheery or Blue Raspberry Icees (i.e. brain freeze).