Tips for Attending a Cinema-Restaurant


As you guys know, I love trying new things. Especially when that new thing is something that is easy to do on a Friday night, and involves a brewery. I call that a win-win. That’s why, when Flix Brewhouse opened up in Des Moines (more specifically, Urbandale) I was pretty pumped. Located in Merle Hay Mall, Flix Brewhouse is “America’s Cinema Brewery®“, a brewery-restaurant that just so happens to serve food in front of a giant screen.

We’ve been to the theater a couple of times now, and I’ve enjoyed each visit. Once, we went for the “whole experience” (dinner and beer) and once, we went for “dessert” (beer and popcorn). We haven’t tried their real dessert menu yet, though it looks awesome. All the food and beer has been really great. I’m not sure you can go wrong with what you order! 

My trips have given me some insight, though, which is what I wanted to share with you. Being a new experience, I think it’s good to have a little inside information before you go. Here are five tips that will get you started!


Buy Tickets Early

At Flix — and I would guess other theaters like it — you get to pick your own seats. That means that it’s not only important to purchase tickets before they run out, but before the good seats do! For instance, there are a few seats at Flix that don’t have full lap trays – more like a half, school-desk like tray. This is totally acceptable if you’re having a beer and popcorn, but probably not as much if you’re eating a full meal.

Don’t Skip the Previews

This is not an event you want to be late for – if you take nothing else from this article, remember that. Flix begins seating 30 minutes prior to the movie, but make sure you look online or call and see when YOUR local theater advises you to arrive.

Something else to know? Flix, as a rule, doesn’t allow latecomers to enter the show, so if you’ve pre-purchased your ticket … you’re just out of luck. And if you’re paying attention so far, I already told you that’s a good idea. Hint hint!

Research the Menu

Before you leave the house, check out the menu online. I say this for a few reasons. One, you’ll be ready to order as soon as the waiter comes by your seat. In my experience, if they have to come back, it could take a bit. Being able to order right away also means your chances of getting to see your food before the movie starts (and therefore, in the light) go up dramatically. The last reason I would recommend checking out the menu prior is that you can consider carefully what you’re comfortable eating in the dark. When we went for a meal, I ordered a salad that ended up being rather hard to eat in the dark, and I wished I would have gone with something like a sandwich instead.

Plan on Settling In

The seating in Flix works quite well for eating, but trying to crawl out of that seat with an appetizer, plate of food, and a drink in front of you is difficult – if not impossible. Plan your bathroom tips appropriately!

Check out this Google Business View of the Flix location in Texas. Our Des Moines location is the same, but I had a hard time getting a good picture in the dark. Make sure to click around a bit!

Have an Open Mind

If it hasn’t occurred to you yet, an eat-in theater is not your same ol’ show. So, your experience is likely to be different – but that’s not a bad thing! Just keep an open mind and take it all in. Chances are, you won’t be too disappointed.


Have you eaten at a theater like Flix before? What did you think?

Any other questions you’ve wondered about? 


  1. We’ve loved going to Flix. And many say it is expensive. But when you consider you often go to dinner before or after a movie, it really isn’t.

    The only trouble I have is not being able to see my food when I am eating. Which isn’t really fun.
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    • I totally agree about the pricing – the food really isn’t any more than an Applebees. But yeah, not seeing your food is weird. Last time I had no idea when I had finished my salad lol.

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