Cinebarre Issaquah, Washington First Experience seeing Last Christmas and Midway

On Friday we visited the Cinebarre in Issaquah. It is one of two located within 50 miles of us.

This was our third visit to a Regal Cinebarre with last month, October 2019, visiting Cinebarre Salem, Oregon and in September 2019 visiting Cinebarre Las Vegas Palace Station.

Cinebarre Issaquah is the smallest and oldest of the three we’ve been to so far. Salem, OR was the nicest and had the best layout. Issaquah seemed kinda sandwiched into the end of a strip mall.

We have been wanting to try out alcohol drinks, so checked into the drink menu.

The Soul Survivor was the drink of choice

Now here is what the real drink looked like:

No raspberry to be found inside the Soul Survivor

I tried asking the bartender a few questions about the drinks but he seemed very disinterested in providing any sort of information about them. Wasn’t like he was busy he just wasn’t friendly.

The food we ordered at our seats inside the theater was very good. That’s 3 for 3 with good movie. Our first movie seen was Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ which marked our first holiday-oriented movie in the theater. This was our 4th of 25+ holiday movie we’ve watched for our 2019 Holiday Movie Challenge so far.

The second movie of our double-feature at Cinebarre Issaquah was

These Regal Cinebarre theaters are great. Food and drinks while you watch movies in the theater is a fun experience. There is one more Cinebarre for us to visit and that’s Cinebarre Mount Lake Terrace.

Maybe we can get there in December.

Best as I can tell, there are currently 8 Cinebarre locations across the United States with 4 of them located in WA (2), OR (1) and Nevada (1). The other four are located in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado.

Have you been to a dinner and movie experience yet? If so, what was your experience like? Please share in the comments.

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Doctor Sleep, Last Christmas, Midway, Playing with Fire

Have you seen this yet? You should!

Want to know what we recommend seeing that opened this 11-08-2019 weekend #45 at the movies? All wide releases were seen, rated and reviewed with links on the movie titles below.

#1 is …

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – just go see this already! It doesn’t even feel like a sequel. Director Mike Flanagan really knows how to tell Stephen King stories on the big screen.

There are some bad reviews out there (we’ll cover that in another post), and some posts that are mixed, but this film, in our opinion, is the most entertaining of the four films being released wide this weekend. It has the most immersive story, excellent acting from Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat and young actress Kyleigh Curran as Abra (she is just fantastic, really!), the only based on a Stephen King story (so you just know the source material is going to have a certain kind of feel to it) and pays homage to Stanley Kubrick’s masterful horror creation.

Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – a romcom with a troubled woman playing an elf and a mystery man who helps get her life back on path. Has a Twilight Zone like vibe to the story. We liked this one and recommend. If you are not a fan at all of horror and suspense, then this is our secondary recommendation. It’s the first film in theaters this holiday 2019 season we’ve seen and it definitely has that holiday magic. Get the mistletoe and eggnog ready!

Midway ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – reminded me somewhat of Pearl Harbor, only this one takes place mostly at sea with the historic naval battle at Midway. Plenty of exciting aerial battle scenes, explosions, fire and some tense WWII action. Recommended.

If you don’t like horror and aren’t quite ready for any holiday-themed movies, then this war movie would be our final recommendation of the movies opening wide this weekend. It is timely with Veteran’s Day coming up on Monday, too.

Playing With Fire⭐️½  – cliche-ridden tale of kids in a smokejumper/fire-station getting through the weekend. John Cena can’t fight this misfire. Not recommended.

Even the trailer looked kind of cheesy for this one and there are much better options at the theater than this one.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater that are recommended. Any movie we rate at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good.

  1. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. The Lighthouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Haven’t seen Jo Jo Rabbit or Parasite as of this writing. Jo Jo Rabbit is going to be playing next weekend, so will catch up with it then most likely. Parasite is playing and will see that soon. It was previously limited screening. All other films now playing are not recommended to see in the theater. You can see all our movie reviews on Letterboxd, including those on streaming channels.

Opening 11-7-2019 in Theaters: Doctor Sleep, Midway, Playing With Fire, Last Christmas

Wide releases for Doctor Sleep, Midway, Playing With Fire, Last Christmas, on 11-6-2019

Wednesday, yay! Join us here each week every Wednesday as we look forward to the widely released new movies coming to theater. When we can look back and say it doesn’t matter cinematically what happened last weekend, good or bad, and enjoy what new is being made available. Good times!

This week is a bit unique in that I’ve already seen one of the new releases. The first up in fact …

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Steam-powered horror bliss! I’m so excited for those of you who have not seen this movie yet getting to experience it for the first time. I’m hoping to catch it again.

Stephen King likes this so much that it has warmed his opinion on Kubrick’s version of The Shining

Anticipation: 10/10 (to see/experience/enjoy it a second time)


War movies are hit or miss for me. This one could be interesting. Probably will compare it to Pearl Harbor, which I liked.

Anticipation: 2/10

Playing With Fire

Kara is really excited about seeing this one. She doesn’t mention many movies she’s looking forward from the preview to seeing and this is on her radar. It seems like one of those goofy family films with a Home Alone type vibe. I’m usually into these for the fun one time viewing, at least.

Anticipation: 7/10 (Kara) 5/10 Me, 6/10 = both

Last Christmas

Looks like one of those fantasy Christmas elf romcoms. This time a year, I’m a sucker for these movies. Bet my wife is looking forward to seeing this too.

Anticipation: 5/10

ANTICIPATION for Week of 11/7/19 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 11-7-2019 movies?

  1. Doctor Sleep – 10/10 (to see a second time)
  2. Playing with Fire – 6/10
  3. Last Christmas – 5/10
  4. Midway – 2/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

All four are wide screenings and available in our area, so the plan is to see all of them.