High-end movie theater chain IPic signed a lease with the Howard Hughes Corporation to open a new location at 11 Fulton St. in the South Street Seaport in 2015. The Post reports that tickets to the 505-seat movie theater will cost between $14 and $28 per person, depending on the time of the week and the level of service. The theaters at the other locations are outfitted with large recliners that have small tables for food and beverages, plus little buttons that guests can press when they want something else to eat or drink. And, judging by the photos on the iPic website, it looks like guests can also get blankets to wrap around themselves in case they get chilly. Lower-priced tickets will be available, as well as counter-service food options.
The "in theater" menu at the Pasadena location includes things like Thai coconut shrimp, Buffalo chicken spring rolls, filet mignon sliders, flatbreads, fish & chips, and "ale battered chicken." IPic's president, Hamid Hashemi, tells the Post: "Everything is being specially designed so that waiters can serve theatergoers without interrupting anyone's entertainment experience." Now that the Alamo Drafthouse people have decided not to open on the Upper West Side, it looks like IPic will be the first major restaurant/movie theater hybrid in Manhattan. The Nitehawk, of course, has been offering this type of service in Brooklyn for the last two years.
· South Street Seaport Is Getting A Luxe Dine-In Movie Theater [NY Curbed]
· Dinner-and-a-Movie Theater Headed for South Street Seaport [NYP]