Cinebrunch proves popular at Oaks Theater
Theatergoers at selected movie screenings at the Oaks Theater are munching on more than popcorn during the Oakmont movie house’s Cinebrunch showings of classic films.
The special events that offer a movie and brunch typically are held once a month — more frequently during the holidays — and have become popular additions to the theater’s regular movie schedule, according to Joe Wichryk II, the Oaks’ manager and program director.
One of the upcoming seasonal attractions, “White Christmas” — the 1954 musical romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen — is proving to be one of the best.
“We did have to add two additional screenings as this is the first year the Cinebrunch ‘White Christmas’ (at 11 a.m. Dec. 16) has sold out — and then sold out again (at 11 a.m. Dec. 17),” Wichryk says. “Suffice it to say, we are so happy that so many families will be sharing a wonderful holiday experience at the Oaks Theater.”
A Cinelunch “White Christmas” was added at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and there are a limited number of seats still available. Each show has seating for 325 to 350.
Cinebrunch meals are provided by Marc Serrao, owner of Oakmont Bakery, and his staff. The brunch menu features a bacon, egg and cheese croissant or sausage, egg and cheese bagel with hash browns, fresh fruit, Oakmont Bakery pastry, coffee/tea/juice.
The lunch menu includes chicken bacon ranch wrap, veggie/cream cheese wrap or pulled pork sliders with cole slaw/pasta salad, Oakmont Bakery dessert and beverages. A full bar including Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials and premium wine and liquor selections also is available.
Serrao says menu items sometimes are themed to the movie being shown, such as the Wicked Awesome SandWitches of the West to be served at the 11 a.m. Nov. 25 Cinebrunch showing of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The brunch is served in the lobby area, either buffet style or in individual boxes depending on the size of the crowd, Wichryk says, and moviegoers may eat in any part of the theater.
Movie selections are based on what people want to see.
“We take suggestions from patrons or look for films that have an anniversary, or just classic films that people love,” Wichryk says, adding that special movie selections for the New Year have not yet been made and suggestions are welcome.
Tickets for Cinebrunch can be purchased online in advance; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Tickets are $16.50 for table seats or $14.50 for auditorium seats ($12 or $10 respectively, for kids 11 and under). Movie-only tickets are $7 and are sold at the door the day of the show.
Other Cinebrunch screenings in December are:
e_SBlt 11 a.m. Dec. 2, “Nightmare Before Christmas”
e_SBlt 11 a.m. Dec. 9, “It’s a Wonderful Life”
A twist on the Cinebrunch theme takes place 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, for a special “Holiday Movie and Beer Tasting” showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” for ages 21 and up with valid ID.
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.