How about dinner and a movie? In the same location. That’s what you’ll find at Star Cinema Grill in Missouri City.
The Place and How It Works
Star Cinema Grill is located at the corner of Highway 6 and Dulles Ave., across the highway from HEB. The theater opened last year, and still smells new when you walk inside.
When you enter, walk the red carpet to the ticket counter and choose your movie. All matinee tickets are $7. Adult tickets for evening shows are $10, while the children’s price for ages 3-10 remains at $7. Students and seniors (60+) are $9.
Please note that children under 3 are not allowed in the theater at any time, and all children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times (i.e., you can’t send your kids to see one movie while you go watch another). On the other hand, this means no crying babies during the climactic scene of your movie!
When you get your tickets and find your theater, the next step is to choose a seat. All seats have tables in front of them, most are for 2 people, though some theaters do have 3-tops. I apologize for the poor photo quality, but my iPhone was struggling in the low light:
Menus and order forms are located in little cubbies in your table. Browse the menu and write down your selections on an order form, then push the center button on the little box located on your table; it will flash red. A server will come to assist you. You can order as many times as you like during the movie, until last call, which is about 30 minutes before the end of the show.
The seats are comfortable, with cupholders in the armrests, and there is plenty of legroom. The stadium style seating means my kids never have to struggle to see over the person in front of them. The theaters do tend to get very chilly, though, so I always bring a jacket.
The menu at Star Cinema Grill is mostly stuff similar to what you’d find at a Chili’s or other casual restaurant — appetizers, sandwiches, a couple of salad options, burgers, chicken tenders, fries, pizza, etc. You can also order popcorn, candy, and other assorted desserts. Iced tea, soft drinks, milkshakes, and coffee are available. But the best thing about Star Cinema Grill is that they also have a full bar, offering a choice of cocktails, beer and wine.
While the food is certainly not the gourmet or the best thing you’ll ever eat, it isn’t bad either. Kid #1 typically gets the burger, which is available in a 1/3 or 1/2 pound size with your choice of toppings. The photo of his plate didn’t turn out well, but I think you know what a burger and fries looks like.
Kid #2 always gets the steak finger basket off of the kids’ menu. It is served with cream gravy for the steak fingers and fries.
I typically order a burger, philly cheese steak, or chicken tenders. But lately, I’ve been trying to eat more healthfully (not easy when you’re a food blogger!), so I’ve ordered the grilled shrimp kabob special on a couple of occasions. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this dish, given that I was eating at a movie theater. To my pleasant surprise, this is actually pretty tasty. The shrimp are succulent and well seasoned, and there is a nice assortment of grilled veggies, along with a bed of rice. The shrimp and veggies are already removed from the skewer, so you don’t have to fight with it in the dark.
The only thing that I think would make this better is some grilled pineapple to add a kiss of sweetness to the dish. Nonetheless, this is a reasonly healthy option, and it actually tastes good too! Now, if only I could restrain myself from the popcorn…
Star Cinema Grill recommends arriving approximately 30 minutes before your scheduled showtime to allow yourself sufficient time to browse the menu, place your order and get your food. This is especially true if you want your food before the movie begins (or very shortly thereafter). You’ll also get the best seat selection this way, of course. We’ve certainly arrived less than 30 minutes before a show, but if you’re attending a popular movie, I wouldn’t recommend it.
I’ve read some online reviews/complaints about poor service or long wait times for food. This has never been our experience here at all. The service has always been friendly and reasonably prompt. But beating the rush at peak mealtimes is another reason to arrive a little early.
So, while Star Cinema Grill isn’t a gourmet lover’s dream, it is great for hungry movie buffs!
Have you eaten/taken in a show at Star Cinema Grill? What was your experience?