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Try it with Tabby: Theatre with a twist

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“Try it with Tabby” is a weekly article chronicling the adventures of Tabitha Bower as she searches for out-of-the-ordinary and budget-friendly activities for Boise State

As college students, life is hectic. We get into a daily grind juggling school, work, responsibilities and social lives all while moving at the pace of marathon runners. When we finally find some free time to relax, this on-the-run lifestyle can affect us in many ways. If you are anything like me, the effects come in the form of an inability to convert to leisure and refusal to sit still for an extended amount of time.

I love watching movies on the big screen, however, this lack of ability to sit in one seat for an extended amount of time has ruined my movie-going experience on more than one occasion. This week for “Try it with Tabby” I traveled west to Nampa to try out a theatre with a non-traditional twist, making it more suited for those struggling with relaxation­­; Northern Lights Cinema Grill.

While the drive out to Nampa is less than appealing, the discounted movie prices make the commute a bit less bearable. Northern Lights Cinema Grill is tucked into the Karcher Mall, a quirky little haunt toting fake designer handbags and clearance versions of upscale department stores, which, on a Wednesday night, is eerily deserted.

Much like the mall, the cinema itself was completely empty. After ordering dinner and drinks, I entered my very own private theatre for a screening of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” The movies played at the cinema grill are not new releases, but are current enough to still be relevant.

The cinema grill is set up like a traditional movie theatre, except with larger spaces between isles and tables at the front of each chair. I personally ordered a burger, which was more satisfying than I had expected for theatre food, and a pitcher of beer. That’s right—they serve beer, wine and desserts.

The perfect mixture of a good movie, food and drinks kept me entertained enough to fully enjoy my two hours of relaxation without feeling the need to get up and move around or check my smartphone for Facebook updates.

So, if you’re anything like me, and your on-the-go mentality equates sitting in a theatre for over an hour a prison sentence, the cinema grill take on a theatre may just be the fix.

About Tabitha Bower (0 Articles)
Tabitha Bower is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Arbiter. She became involved with The Arbiter after taking a News Writing class, and began by writing for both the News and Features sections as a journalist for one semester before taking a position as the Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is double majoring in English with a writing emphasis and communication with a journalism emphasis. After college she dreams of being employed in the field of journalism, traveling the world and instructing hot yoga. Tabitha is originally from a small tourist town on the coast of Maine, but has lived in multiple areas of New England, Florida, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. She once spent a year backpacking, scuba diving, surfing and basking in a hammock with a drink in Southeast Asia. She also has the talent of juggling school, work, looking fabulous and being super mom to her three-year-old son, Aiden.