After 30 years with my husband (and 5 kids later), date nights are a rarity. However, I was excited by the prospect of a change of venue when my husband suggested we go see Red and I found out it was playing at Muvico. My 20 year old had frequented the place often this summer, sometimes taking her younger siblings for pizza and a movie. She spoke of the beautiful decor and enormous screens but for someone who doesn’t get out much, it was lost on me.
Boy, what an impression it made! The idea of getting dinner and a movie in the same location was very appealing but even more so was the price! Pizza for 2, non-alcoholic beverages and 2 movie tickets to the movie of your choice were only $24.95. We stepped it up a notch and had their more expensive meal. For $39.95 you could get an appetizer to share, two salads, two entrees, and beverages….PLUS 2 tickets to the movie of your choice. The meal was small but tasty. I had the spicy tuna roll and ceasar salad (TINY) and my husband had the cheeseburger sliders. Now, yes, he could have gotten 2 double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s and been more satisfied by the portion size, but we were at the movies….having dinner! Our calamari appetizer came out at the end of our meal at which time we had to leave for the movie and didn’t have much appetite for an appetizer after the meal.
The service was a bit slow considering we went on Wednesday evening and the place was anything but busy. We were told to sit where we wanted and were waited on about 15 minutes later by a very apologetic and friendly waiter/bartender. The ambience was really quite nice. We’re not much for crowds and this particular evening proved to give us the experience we desired. Plasma screen TV’s were everywhere and I could see how this place would be a huge hit on Sundays during the football season. Beer and pizza specials appeared to be touchdown winners!
The theatre experience was magnificent. The screen was like watching the largest, clearest, plasma screen TV I’ve ever seen. it was perfection! The seats reclined comfortably and there was plenty of leg room – even for my husband who stands 6’3″. Aside from the picture, the audio quality was exceptional as every shot fired and explosion seemed to be coming from a different direction! We had the option of sitting in the over-21, balcony seating section where we could have had alcoholic beverages, leather seating, and access to their billiards tables. However, one drink and I would have slept through half the movie so that was not an option!
I love this area of Stafford/Fredericksburg primarily because it has history, rural beauty, and an Old Town charm that is rarely found. However, it also has some great entertainment, dining and shopping. Muvico and Splitsville at the Spotsylvania Towne Center had all of these!
Irene Morales Ward, Realtor