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Dinner and a movie.
March 30, 2010, 2:29 pm
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Over the years, I’ve noticed that there are a number of things that I miss about Cincinnati. Krone Conservatory, Ault Park, and the Mushroom House in Hyde Park. Below are a couple of photos, just to give you an idea of these particular places.

Krone Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory. Such a calm, green place.

The Mushroom House

The Mushroom House, an oddity of Hyde Park.

Ault Park

Ault Park, the place I loved to go and meander.

While each of these places are extremely memorable to me,  there has been one particular place that stuck out in my mind. While I lived in Hyde Park, my brothers and I would love to go to the Cinema Grill in Mt. Lookout. It was an incredibly small venue that would play recent movies and serve you your dinner while you watched a flick. The Cinema Grill ended up closing my Junior year of High School, but I always remembered how cool it was to watch a movie on the silver screen and have a cheeseburger at the same time. Granted, that seems ridiculously simple to just have food instead of something like popcorn or other movie junk, but the place gave off some kind of strange sort of mysticism, like some kind of classic 80’s kind of grindhouse vibe.

Sign for the Cinema Grill

The Cinema Grill, located between Brackes groceries and One-Eyed Jack's Bar. A Perfect Storm scenario for dates, right?

I never really understood why movie theaters never really sold ‘real’ food. The movie theater close to my home in Cincinnati serves things like hamburgers, nachos and baked potatoes, but I never see the vendors actually serving customers. I mean, food at the movies seems like such a good idea to me; the concept doesn’t seem ludicrous. Why not have dinner and a movie? Do most people have trouble eating and watching something at the same time? Most dates include both dinner and a movie, just not at the same time.

Enough nostalgia. As I completed my collection of short stories for I.S, I’d sometimes get To-Go boxes from Lowry and watch a movie back at my place while I ate dinner. I noticed that I tended to choose a some type of horror movie as opposed to an ‘action’ or other genre of film. So, it got me thinking about how some dinners can be accented with a nice bottle of wine, or a particular beer to compliment a type of meat. Why couldn’t movies do the same thing? Was my horror movie enjoyment a product of my I.S writing? Or was it because the horror genre complimented what I was eating?

Anyways, I’ve compiled a couple of movies that sparked both my dining and cinematic interests at the same time, so I thought I might post my ideas here and in the immortal words of  Casey Kasem, on with the countdown.

Odin’s Dinner at the Movies!

1. Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz – Fish and Chips

2. The Godfather – Spaghetti, meatballs, and a bottle of Water Wheel Shiraz (2004)

3. A Clockwork Orange – Orange Mandarin Chicken with a Spinach Salad

4. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Boba Fett-uccine or Galaxy Grilled Cheese (I crack myself up.) with a Vanilla Milkshake (or Ice Cream, your choice.)

5. Pulp Fiction – Cheeseburger with Chili Pepper Fries

6. Fight Club – Venison Parmesan with Iceberg Salad

7. Psycho – Dagwood Sandwich. (Turkey, Ham, Shredded Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Pepperoni,  Salami, Lettuce, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion, Banana Peppers, Olives, Red Wine and Vinegar, and a hint of Salt and Pepper all on a 9 grain Sub sandwich bun.)

8. Forest Gump – Fried Shrimp and Crawdad gumbo

9. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Steak (seared) with Baked Potato and Broccoli.

10. Kill Bill Vol. 1 – Sushi (California Roll, with Tuna and Salmon Sashimi.) and a bottle of warm Sake.

Anyways, that’s it for now. Got any suggestions? Comment!


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While I was browsing for some simple kitchen design inspiration, I came across your page. I have to say your a very good writer and a talent indeed! I was kept entertained and wanting to experience more of this extremely diversified individual. You made me laugh and lighten up. You should consider writing a comedy. Thank you!

Comment by Rebecca

a clockwork orange flick without milk? i think not.

Comment by rainor

I have to say that is really a good website

Comment by photo editing software

I was looking through your page and I’m wondering if you sell any of your photos? I’m looking for a photo of ault park and the one you have posted is amazing! Please let me know. Thanks!

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