I love the concept of a dinner and movie theater: being served dinner while watching a movie is a real treat! Plus, it cuts out the hassle of having to search for a restaurant before your show! I enjoyed all my experiences at Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Illinois. The inside of this theater has fabulous decor including plenty of movie memorabilia and has an entertaining theme that resembles the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
Everything on the menu is cleverly named after a movie – i.e. “Roger Rabbit Vegetable Wrap” or “Honey I Blew Up the Salad.” The service is tremendous (professional servers who somehow manage to get you your food without interrupting the movie even while walking in the dark!), the food is actually quite appetizing, and each auditorium has a different unique theme. There is a nice bar to have a drink at before the movie too if you arrive a bit early.
Hollywood Palms frequently hosts celebrity events. We attended a Corey Feldman movie marathon which included a screening of 4 of his popular movies: “License to Drive”, “Stand By Me”, “The Goonies” and “The Lost Boys.” I have seen all 4 of these movies countless times, but you can’t beat seeing one of your old favorites on the big screen! You were able to take a picture with Corey and he also provided a brief introduction before the movie. Corey was a nice guy and I am glad that I was able to attend such a fun event! This day was so much fun and it was great to be able to meet one of my favorite childhood stars. A+ all the way!
On this trip to the theater we attended a holiday screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” hosted by Karolyn Grimes, who plays Zuzu in the movie. She was a really nice lady and we enjoyed listening to her experiences on set. She actually took the time to talk with you a bit. She wrote a personal message on our photo still which was nice.
I recommend checking out Hollywood Palms Cinema on your next trip to the Chicagoland area! Now this is a theater that really has managed to execute the dinner and a movie theater concept! Spend some time after the show browsing through the museum which has artifacts from films such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With The Wind.” I always come back to this theater each time I am back home!