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Guide: 8 perfect spots for a dinner and a movie in Calgary

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It’s a classic date night idea, a tried and true activity with pals, and the perfect way to spend some time with the fam (or escape them). It’s a dinner-and-a-movie! Calgary has lots of theatres and lots of great places to eat, so planning a night out can be a little tricky. So, we gathered a little guide to tell you where you should grab a bite before enjoying a flick.

Here’s our guide to the best places to enjoy dinner and a movie in Calgary!

South Calgary

Cineplex Chinook – Cheap Tuesdays!

We’ll kick things off in the South, at the theatre inside Chinook Shopping Centre. Yes, most theatres in the city have cheap Tuesdays, but Chinook has some nearby spots with awesome Tuesday deals to make your night even easier on the wallet.

At Tango Bistro, Tuesdays feature menu includes Raw Bar Happy Hour and the normal Happy Hour running all night long.  Plus, it’s just a block away from the theatre!

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On Tuesdays at Buffo Ristorante, located right inside Chinook Centre, you can get 1/2 priced pizza & pasta.

Landmark Shawnessy

Down in Shawnessy, we’d say you should experiment a little with Plaka Greek Taverna or Taste of Himalayas. They’re different, they’re delicious, and they’ll both add a tasty twist to your dinner-and-a-movie night in Calgary.

Cineplex Seton VIP

This spot is currently all the rage and for good reason. You can sit in the lounge snacking on appies, entrees, and sipping an adult beverage or two, then go to your reserved, reclining, heated seats to order more. That’s right, you can keep the food and drinks coming right to your seat! Oh, and we can’t forget the Tuesday night special of tacos and margaritas.


Globe Cinema

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The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen is practically neighbours with this old school Calgary theatre, so that’s an obvious choice. Venture east on Stephen Avenue and you’ll run into dozens of top-notch spots like The Guild and Murrieta’s. If you want to play it safe and keep things simple, Earl’s, Local, and Cactus Club are always solid bets.

Cineplex Eau Claire

Eau Claire market might not be the shining star it was supposed to be when it opened, but there’s still plenty of charm in and around the area. You can hit up Minas Brazilian Steakhouse for some authentic open-barbecue cuisine, or swing by River Cafe for a pre-flick dinner in the park. If you’re feeling extra-boujee, the legendary Caesar’s Steakhouse is only a couple of blocks away.

Plaza Theatre

Kensington has a lot of food options so narrowing it down to one-dinner-and-a-movie pick is tricky. Instead, we’ll be generous (indecisive) and give you three spots: Modern Steak, Oxbow, and Hayden Block.

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The first is a new-wave steakhouse with weekly features and impressive wine list, the second an up-scale dining without being pretentious, and the third is good old-fashioned BBQ and whiskey. All three are perfect for a dinner-and-a-movie night at The Plaza, Calgary’s home to alternative and classic flicks.

East Calgary

Sunridge Spectrum

The obvious choices for dinner-and-a-movie near this East Calgary theatre are JOEY and Earl’s, but if you’re anything like us then we know you’re down for a little adventure.

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We recommend checking out unconventional but highly-rated spots like Banana Leaf Tropical Cuisine for some insanely-tasty laksa, White Elephant Thai (which is cash only so stack those bills), and Garden of Italy as a hidden gem with traditional food.

North Calgary

Crowfoot Cineplex

Every dinner-and-a-movie option surrounding this north Calgary theatre is pretty standard, but The Keg sticks out as the top choice. Plus, The Keg has a ‘Lobster Summer’ feature going on. Mmmm, shellfish before a show is a delightful thought.

Now, what movie should you see once your done feasting? Well, we’ve got you covered for that too.

From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s classic jams.

“Blinded by the Light” is an uplifting story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit. The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the tight grasp of his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir).

But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.


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