by Jake Leary
Going out to the movies is an increasingly expensive prospect: Ticket prices are at an all-time high, and that’s before you factor in snacks and an after-film meal. Why pay a premium price for a non-premium product?
iPic cinemas, started in 2006 by Hamid Hashemi, is the answer to this modern movie conundrum. Each theater is paired with a restaurant that is unique to each location and provides customers with the choice of in-theater service or an after-film meal. In addition to partnering with an independent restaurant, iPic works with a rotating cast of Food Network chefs to create themed cocktails and menu options.
Within the theaters, customers can choose from varying levels of service at different price points. Premium Seating is the entry level option while Premium Plus is the deluxe experience which includes in-theater food service, reclining seats with pillows and blankets, and free popcorn. Recently added to the Premium experience is the Pod option: Pods are designed for parties of two who want a closer, more intimate experience. The Dobbs Ferry location is the first theater to feature the Pods.
iPic also offers a membership for $29 a year. Perks range from early seating selection to exclusive screenings and events.
With 16 current locations and 20 more in development, iPic continues the course of other specialty cinemas like the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. Hudson Valley residents have access to the iPic theater at the Rivertowns Square complex.