Four dine-in cinemas to check out in Dubai

Watch your movie with a slap-up meal

Four dine-in cinemas to check out in Dubai
THEATRE by Rhodes

Forget soggy popcorn, Dubai’s cinemas are going all out when it comes to serving up slap-up meals. With celebrity chefs turning their hands to gourmet movie snacks, you’re in luck if you’re after a full-on meal with your Hollywood blockbuster.

Guy Fieri’s Dine-In Cinema
Not content with opening Dubai’s first licensed cinema in Jebel Ali early in 2018, Guy Fieri of Diners, Dine-Ins and Dives now has a branch at Palm Jumeirah’s The Pointe, meaning filling film-friendly favourites are brought to an even bigger audience. Although after tucking into his comforting but calorific chow you might want to book a second seat because of your expanded waistline (just try the Trash Can nachos and you’ll find out). Packages include a starter and a main (the smoked barbecue short rib is something else) plus cinema ticket for Dhs160. Film (and literature) students will know all about Todorov’s Theory of the Fantastic, but this Fieri guy is clearly on to something, too.
Prices vary. Reel Cinemas Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai (04 448 8493)

GOLD by Rhodes
British trailblazer Gary Rhodes pioneered the concept of cinema snacks with a gourmet twist, and this is of GOLD standard. Its recently revamped menu includes healthier options, including the brilliant vegan Beyond Burger, plus marvellous movie munch such as a tangy chickpea curry and Parmesan-coated fish fillet.
Prices vary. Various VOX locations including City Centre Deira and Mall of the Emirates (600 599 905).

Novo 7 Star
When five-star service just isn’t enough, what do you go for? 7-star style at NOVO, of course. The fact the website proclaims you’ll be ‘cosseted’ (great word) by a personal butler fills us with sheer glee . And you’re taste buds will soon be equally joyful as you sample the menu on offer here. Fine dining while fully reclining – you’ll feel like a Hollywood A-lister for the night. Plus, no one can see the food stains in a darkened cinema so that’s a bonus feature without a shadow of doubt.
Prices vary. Festival City Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai (04 232 8523).

THEATRE by Rhodes
Before upgrading to GOLD, Gary Rhodes gave the UAE its first taste of movie magic for foodies with THEATRE (formerly known as ThEATre, just in case you didn’t know it involved food, we guess). Still going strong three years on, the idea was to give cinema-goers a more appetising alternative to the basic bucket of popcorn to which we’d become accustomed elsewhere. The menu is full of tongue-in-cheek creations such as the All-Day Breakfast Burger, while the THEATRE Preview Plate gives you a sample of the box office smashes on offer.
From Dhs35 (THEATRE package of cinema ticket, three-course meal and two drinks costs Dhs265). VOX Cinemas at Al Jimi Mall – Al Ain, Nations Towers, The Galleria Mall Al Maryah Island and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, and City Centre Mirdif and Mall of the Emirates in Dubai (600 599 905).

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