Reach New Heights at Berkeley’s Landmark Theatre by Kevin M. Thomas

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Dinner and a movie just went to a higher plateau thanks to the Landmark Theatres adding a bar and cafe to its Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, CA.

The Shattuck was already one of the best theatre venues in the Bay Area, thanks to its beautiful renovation last year. Now it’s even better, as it takes on a chic style and comfort class with the opening of the Lot 68 Lounge.

The bar-in-a-theatre is not new to movie theatres, or Landmark, by any means. Landmark has bars and lounges in their Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Milwaukee, and Detroit cinemas. Original or not, it sure makes going to the movies more worthwhile. Moviegoers anxious to discuss a movie after a show no longer have to re-park at some other bar or restaurant; it’s all under one roof at Lot 68.

lot68bWhile all theatre patrons and visitors can enjoy the full bar and tasty food offered in the lounge itself, those viewing movies can also take their cocktails into the screening rooms during specially designated performances. All attendees to these screenings must be 21+ years old, according to Steve Indig, Landmark’s publicist.

Lot 68 provides everything a full bar has to offer, as well as some excellent food choices. Appetizers, such as hummus, sweet potato fries, chicken nuggets, vegetarian egg rolls and cheese plates range from $6-14. More substantial fare, like salads, sandwiches or pizza, is available for between $7-11. Dessert selections, including chocolate molten lava cake, or ginger beer float start at around $8. All can be packaged to take into the theatres, says Scott McChesney of the Shattuck.

“The addition of Lot 68 at Shattuck Cinemas is part of our ongoing commitment to the City of Berkeley in providing patrons with the perfect evening out, in terms of an overall entertainment experience,” said Ted Mundorff, Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Theatres.

The bar is named Lot 68 in tribute to Berkeley’s rich history, as lot 68 was the parcel of land purchased in 1860 by Berkeley’s founder, Francis Kittredge Shattuck, to serve as his homestead, and is the present day block where the Shattuck Cinemas is located, at the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Kittredge Street.

In early 2009, the Shattuck Cinemas completed a comprehensive remodel with new spacious and luxurious theatre seating in all auditoriums, new lighting design, carpets and paint.  Two auditoriums were transformed into Landmark’s exclusive Screening Lounge with unique seating options of home-style couches, love seats, chairs and ottomans (these are the screening rooms you can drink cocktails in during special screenings). Upgrades in the lobby and concession area were included in the comprehensive makeover. The new Lot 68 Lounge completes the renovations, making Shattuck Cinemas the area’s premier cinema complex, and an East Bay entertainment destination.

To attract not just movie customers, but others looking for quality food and drink in the area, Lot 68 is going to be open 365 days a year, Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 11pm; Friday, 5pm – 12am; Saturday, 1pm – 12am; and Sunday, 1pm – 11pm. The Shattuck Cinemas and Lot 68 are located 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA.  Information for film programs and other details are available at (510)464-5980 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

See more about Lot 68 at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/mn/shattuck/lot68/lot68.html, or be a fan on Facebook.