We entered the sleek and plushly decorated lobby and spied a swanky lounge area to the right. Artwork adorned the walls, and an enticing cocktails and craft beer menu beckoned from the bar. It almost felt like we were in an upscale new restaurant – but we weren’t. We were at the movies.
The new eight-auditorium iPic movie theater in Dobbs Ferry’s Rivertowns Square (opening on May 5; we were invited for a sneak peek) offers a moviegoing experience that Brooke described as “the Alamo Drafthouse meets the Four Seasons.” If that’s not already obvious from the lobby decor, it definitely becomes clear when you enter the theater. No sticky floors or polyester-covered retractable chairs here. In fact, no chairs at all – the theater is filled with leather “pods” and “chaise lounges.”
At iPic, what you get is a first-class seat at the movies. Those private two-seater pods ($25 to $27 per person, depending on the day of the week) feature reclining chairs with footrests, a courtesy blanket and pillow, unlimited popcorn, and access to the staff of waiters who dart around in the dark to take your meal order and bring you drinks.
You can save a few dollars by purchasing a spot on the leather chairs or chaise lounges toward the front ($16 to $20). No blankets, pillows, popcorn or table service, but the same menu is available in the lobby for carry-in. iPic also offers membership services that lower all ticket prices by a few bucks and includes other perks.
As for the food and drinks, they’re both pretty good. The diverse cocktails and beer menu was curated by a master bartender and advanced sommelier, while the “dine in the dark” food menu was created by a veteran chef and restaurateur. Each dish is designed to be simple to eat, no tableware involved, and there are actual chefs in the kitchen preparing every meal. On our visit, we sampled several appetizers and mains. The cheddar cheese biscuit, chicken Caesar lettuce wrap, lobster roll, and spicy tuna on crispy rice were a hit. The rubbery filet mignon slider less so.
The theater doesn’t officially open until this Friday, but you can reserve tickets now through the iPic website or app. The type of movies that are shown here are mainstream, including some kids’ films (Boss Baby is one of the movies playing at the grand opening). My opinion, though? Hire a babysitter and make it a date night. Your kids won’t appreciate the private pods as much as your husband will.
iPic Theaters, 1 Livingstone Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, 914-348-7002