Spokane's first dinner-and-a-movie theater opens its doors

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Planning your next date night? A new movie theater has come to the area, and it's not just your standard soda-and-popcorn cinema. If you're looking for something to do for a birthday, celebration, or really just a night out - you have a new option.

The M & D Theater, aptly named for movie and dinner, is the first of its kind in the Spokane area. According to the owner, this place is all about convenience.

You've got your popcorn. You've got your soda. You've got everything you need for a perfect movie night. Only at this movie theater, instead of waiting in line - it all comes straight to you. 

M & D Theater owner, Larry Jacobson, has spent years building cinemas all around the world for other companies. But this time, M & D Theater is for him. 

"All the bells and whistles, built with no limitations - built it the way that I wanted to do it," Jacobson said.

And he did. He designed all eight theaters.

"Perfect screen curvature, it's made for the audience to see," Jacobson said.

He made sure the theater was built comfortably for a full house.

"Large auditorium's got 90 seats, 42-foot screen. Anywhere else you go, you'd need a 250-seat auditorium to house a 42-foot screen. It's gorgeous," Jacobson said.

Jacobson completed it with a place to sit down and eat.

"You want to have dinner, we have a separate restaurant - full blown, full menu, scratch menu," Jacobson said.

If you want dinner and your movie, you can do that too.

"But you come into the theaters, you get sliders. Everything is made to eat finger food. Cause you're not going to rattle any silverware or things like that," Jacobson said.

Jacobson's whole idea for the theater is simple - convenience.

"You can sit in your chair, push a little button, a server will come to you, they'll take your order," Jacobson said.

Thursday night is opening night for M & D Theater. It will be showing Venom and A Star Is Born. The theater is open to all ages. You can find movie times on their website. KXLY asked the owner what he recommends on the menu - being a Kansas City native, he said the KC BBQ is the best they offer.

The movie theater is located on the Northern Quest Casino and Resort property.

M & D Theater's movie schedule for Thursday:

  • Venom
    • 7 p.m.
    • 8 p.m.
  • A Star Is Born
    • 7:30 p.m.
    • 8:30 p.m.