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You Had Me at Recliner

While researching times for the latest installment of “The Hobbit,” I had so many choices: stadium, 3D, IMAX, and the Royal Suite. Watching a movie in a recliner while someone brings me food and drinks — where do I sign up? I told my fiancé we had to go because Showplace Cinema’s Royal Suite isn’t just a theater; it’s an adventure.

The Scoop
At the corner of Morgan Avenue and Green River Road, the Royal Suite took the place of Harbor Bay Restaurant in December 2014.

Walking into the Royal Suite, we bought our tickets for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and chose seats among the 58 available. With menus in hand, we found our recliners and leaned back with ease. Have no fear when reclining, intrepid movie junkies. There is room to stretch into a 180-degree position, and a server can weave through the aisles without disturbing other viewers.

Once settled, I perused the menu seeing a variety of options from breaded tenderloin to personal pizzas — not to mention the wine, beer, and specialty drink selection. With one click of a button, a server whizzed in, took my order, and flew back to the kitchen all without disturbing my movie watching.

There is nothing quite like eating a hamburger while watching dwarves and orcs battle on a 35-foot screen. Matinees cost $11 while showings after 6 p.m. cost $14 (food and drinks not included), and leave the kiddies at home because the Royal Suite is only open to those 21 and older.

The Verdict
Since the wait time on buying tickets and receiving food can be lengthy, I suggest ordering tickets online and getting to the theater at least 10 minutes early. Both my fiancé and I inhaled the tasty food, and, if the movie weren’t so exciting, I might have fallen asleep in the comfy recliner. The Royal Suite is an exercise in luxury and any movie lover should experience it at least once.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 812-422-3456 or visit showplacecinemas.com.

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