Enjoy a meal with your movie at Cinebarre

February 4, 2014

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Who wouldn’t like to sit in a big, comfy recliner in their own living room and watch a movie on a movie theater-sized screen?

Well, you can do that at Cinebarre — but with waiters and waitresses.

Won’t those people going back and forth interrupt the movie? Not nearly as much as you would think.

You should get there early — say a half-hour — if you want fewer interruptions, so your food comes before the movie starts.

You won’t get gourmet fare at Cinebarre, but you will get tasty bar-like food — think beefy sliders and crispy, seasoned fries. Get the queso ($2) to go with those fries and you will be one happy moviegoer. Yes, it can get messy, but that’s why there are rolls of paper towels hanging every few seats.

You can lean pretty far back in your wide, cushy recliner. And if that isn’t enough room, and you get there early enough to save a seat on either side, you can lift the armrest up and have two seats. It might be more comfy than at your house.

All of the food has movie-type names:

The chicken fingers, which are very tasty, according to a colleague, are called Goldfingers. The delicious hand-battered, fried pickle chips are Big Lebowskies. The french fries are Blade Runners. Those afore-mentioned sliders? Slideways. The prime rib sandwich, with au jus for dipping, is the Last Tango in Paris. That au jus really makes the sandwich. The chef’s salad, which we did not try, is called Soylent Greens. I’m pretty certain there are no people in it.

If you go


  • 1490 11th Ave. N.W.
  • 313-5666 movieline
  • 313-5754 voice

The pizza isn’t anything to write home about, so go with other items on the menu.

There are also desserts. And now, on weekends, for all shows starting before 2 p.m., you can have breakfast food.

Quite a few people come to Cinebarre not for the movies, but for the well-stocked and neighborhoodlike bar. Every time I’ve gone to a movie there, there are people in the bar before I go in and they are still there when I come back out. There’s music playing, comfy chairs and it’s a lively atmosphere to just hang out in.

One of my favorite things about this theater is that no children are allowed. It’s not that I don’t like them, but I love the movie experience, and I love the no-interruptions, no-texting, no-running-around-acting-crazy version of it.


Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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