Cinema Cafe: 
Cheapest Way to See First-Run Movies While You Dine

Cinema Cafe Summer Movie Series - Just $1! See below for details.

What do I think of these dinner theaters? First, let me tell you a story.

Years ago, vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle received a huge set down when, after comparing himself to former President JFK, his opponent retorted, “I knew John F. Kennedy. And you sir, are no John F. Kennedy.”

Well, I’ve always raved about Portsmouth’s Commodore Theatre, a delightfully elegant Art Deco dinner theater which still takes the top rank as our favorite date night spot. And I’ve always wondered how it compares to Cinema Café. Now I know.

Cinema Café…you are no Commodore.


BUT (and this is a huge "but") I still love Cinema Cafe because this is truly the cheapest way to see first-run movies on the big screen while enjoying yummy food brought right to your seat! This a budget version of a dinner theater. 

Take a regular movie theater, knock out some chairs, add some bar-like counters, add a decent, Applebees-type menu (pizza, buffalo wings, BBQ, warm pretzels, nachos, yummy desserts, beer, wine, and yes, popcorn). 

Cinema Cafe

Throw in some major thrills in the foyer like a pool hall, arcade-style video games, and you have Cinema Café.

It's not the Taj Mahal, but you'll have a great evening for less!



Cinema Cafe locations and deals

Here are the locations, and special deals per location:

Summer Movie Series - All locations - Monday through Saturday at 10:30 am - Just $1!

Starts June 13 - Movies vary by date and location, but include movies like Despicable Me 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, Happy Feet, and the Lego Movie. Go to the Cinema Cafe website for details. 


Chesapeake's Greenbrier Mall location - 

1401 Greenbrier Parkway - (757) 523-SHOW (7469)

Regular prices: Matinees before noon: $1.50. Matinees before 6 pm: $2.50
Evenings after 6 pm: $3.99

*Cheap Deal: Twisted Tuesdays - All movies all day are $1.50; Large popcorn or large drink for $2.50; nachos $2 off.


Cinema CafeThe Hampton location has a great arcade/pool table area.


Hampton location -

1044 Von Schilling Drive(757) 523-SHOW (7469)

Mon, Tues, Thurs all day, plus Fri-Sun and holidays before Noon - $5.25
Fri-Sun Matinees 12-5:59: $6.25
Fri-Sun Matinees 4-6: $6.25
Fri-Sun Evenings: $7.75
Children, all shows: $4.99

*Cheap Deal: Wacky Wednesdays - All shows all day $3.50; Large popcorn or large drink for $2.50.


Virginia Beach's Kemps River location -

1220 Fordham Drive (757) 523-SHOW (7469)

Mon, Tues, Thurs before 6 pm - $5.25; after 6 pm - $6.99

Fri-Sun and holidays before Noon - $5.25

Fri-Sun Matinees 12-5:59: $6.75
Fri-Sun Evenings: $8.25
Children, all shows: $4.99

*Cheap Deal: Wacky Wednesdays - All shows all day $3.50; Large popcorn or large drink for $2.50.

They offer military deals - see their website.

Cinema Cafe is a great place for a girls' night out!


Virginia Beach's Pembroke Meadow location -

758 Independence (757) 523-SHOW (7469)

Shows before noon - $1.50

Matinees before 6 pm: $2.50
Evenings after 6 pm: $3.99

*Cheap Deal: Twisted Tuesdays - All movies $1.50; Large popcorn or large drink for $2.50.


So if it's romance and ambience you want, go to the Commodore Theatre instead (click here for my full review). But if you're looking for the "movie out" experience with rock bottom prices, Cinema Cafe is the place. Here's their main website.

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