The New AMC Esplanade in Scottsdale: Get Dinner and a Movie for Free!!

Courtesy AMC Theatres

Who doesn’t like free, especially when it comes to dinner…and a movie?!?   Right?

If you live in the Phoenix area, this is exactly what you will get, this week only,  at the new AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theatre in Scottsdale.  A free movie.  A free entree and soft drink.   Yes, you read me right…FREE!!

I know what you are thinking…”Wow, Jules, you sound like one of those crazy car sales people.”


There are nothing to buy (unless you want Junior Mints and an extra soft drink-you’re on your own for those!).  There are no crazy contests to do, where you stand on your head and sing “Singing in the Rain.”  Nothing like that.  Although, if you’d really like to stand on your head and sing “Singing in the Rain,” I’m not going to stop you!  I did have to pull a few strings to get these free tickets, but you are totally worth it.  (Okay, technically I did not have to pull any strings, but I do know a few PR people who like me, and thus you, my readers.  We really love them for taking such good care of us, don’t we? )

So…spend the next 30 seconds reading some information about the new AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theatre, and then tell me which show tickets you would like.  That’s it. 

Oh.  By the way….did you know that by taking advantage of this promotion, you are getting a chance to see the AMC Esplanade before it opens to the public on September 7th?  You are officially VIP for the week-how cool is that?!

Without further ado,  here’s a little bit of information about the incredible AMC Theatre Esplanade, one of nine AMC Theatres nationwide to offer the new Dine-In Theatre experience…

First, a video for you to watch:

“Dinner and a movie are a longstanding tradition, and AMC Dine-In Theatres is the premier spot for the dine-in moviegoing experience,” said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. “Since the launch of this concept, we’ve received tremendous feedback from our guests about the enhanced experience and variety of food and beverage options. More than 90 percent of our surveyed guests who attended an AMC Dine-In Theatres location said it met or exceeded their expectations.”
Courtesy: AMC Theatres

AMC Dine-In Theatres combines movie-going with the restaurant experience. Within the Dine-In Theatres concept, guests may experience:

FORK & SCREEN (9 auditoriums), a casual, in-theatre dining and entertainment experience

  • Extensive menu and cocktails
  • Upgraded seats in a big-screen theatre
  • Service at the push of a button
  • Reserved seating
  • Guests must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult

CINEMA SUITES (5 auditoriums), a premium, upscale in-theatre dining and entertainment

  • Premium, upscale in-theatre dining
  • Reserved seating in luxury recliner
  • Up to nine feet of row spacing
  • A personal call button that discreetly alerts a server
  • The entire Fork & Screen menu, plus Cinema Suites specialties such as Bleu Cheese Chips,
    Blackened Salmon and Lobster Ravioli served on unique swivel tables via seat-side service
  • A wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine
  • Cinema Suites guests must be at least 21 years old 

MacGuffins, a full-service bar and lounge area that features a wide selection of cocktails, beer and wine and the full Dine-In Theatres menu, including appetizers and desserts.

• A full-service bar and lounge area inside AMC Esplanade 14
• The perfect place to hang out with friends before the show or discuss the movie after it ends
• Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
• Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and the full AMC Dine-In Theatres menu, MacGuffins Bar & Lounge guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome.

Courtesy: AMC Theatres


• Ticket prices range from $6-15, depending on day of week and showtime, and the choice of Dine-in Theatre experience.

Courtesy: AMC Theatres


  • Menu includes a wide range of appetizers, entrees and desserts along with a full-service bar.
  • A wide array of entrees, including an enticing selection of salads, quesadillas, burgers, flatbread
    pizzas, grilled sandwiches, house specialties, as well as appetizers and desserts.
  • Cinema Suites menu includes exclusive options such as Bleu Cheese Chips, Blackened Salmon
    and Lobster Ravioli
    Menu items start at $6.59-8.99 for appetizers and adult entrees range from $8.59-11.99.


    1. Select your movie, showtime and reserved seating preference.
    2. Select your reserved seating preference.
    3. Visit the MacGuffins bar before or after the show.
    4. Press the call button at your seat and a server will arrive to take your order.
    5. Appetizers, entrées, desserts, beer, wine & cocktails will be served at your seat.
    6. The server will discretely deliver the check near the end of the show. The bill can be settled at your convenience before you exit the auditorium.raded, comfortable reserved seating.

    • Table-top dining
    • Seat-side service and a personal call button that discreetly alerts a server
    • An extensive menu including entrees such as quesadillas, burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled
    • sandwiches and house specialties as well as appetizers and desserts
    • A wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine
    • Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Specific pricing information, including value pricing and senior/student pricing, at AMC Esplanade 14 can be found at

    Update:  This promotion was over by Sep, 2011.  I no longer have free theater passes. 
    I have coupons for you to receive a free movie ticket, entree, and soft drink for any of the following movies: 

    *Movies with a * are in the Cinema Suites, which are adult only, no one under 21!

    Saturday, September 3rd

    Larry Crown (PG-13) 12:30PM, 3:45PM, 7:15PM, 10:45PM
    *Larry Crown (PG-13) 2:30PM, 6:00PM, 9:30PM
    Pirates of the Caribbean (PG-13) 12:45PM, 4:15PM, 7:45PM
    *Pirates of the Caribbean (PG-13) 2:30PM, 6:00PM, 9:30PM 

    *Just Go With It (PG-13) 3:15PM, 6:45PM, 10:15PM
    Just Go With It (PG-13) 1:00PM, 4:30PM, 8:00PM
    Something Borrowed (PG-13) 12:15 PM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM, 10:30PM
    Fast Five (PG-13) 1:30PM, 3:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:30PM, 8:30PM, 10:00PM

    *The Hangover II (R): 1:15PM, 4:45PM, 8:15PM
    *Limitless (PG-13): 4:00PM, 7:30PM, 11:00PM
    Water for Elephants (PG-13): 12:00PM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM
    The Hangover II (R): 2:45PM, 6:15PM, 9:45PM
    Limitless (PG-13): 1:45PM, 5:15PM, 8:45PM


    To receive a free movie/entree/soft drink coupon, tell me which movie you want to see, and your name and email address.  You can do this in the comments area below.  I will then email you information to reserve your movie time, and you can then print out the coupons at home to take with you.  The tickets must to be reserved in advance, and are first come, first serve, so note that movie times may reserve quickly, and you may not get your first time choice.  The earlier, the better.  

    After all of this, if you feel the incredible urge to celebrate by joining A Little Bite of Life, so you can be made aware of future promotions, plus get all my custom-designed recipes, wine tips, delicious cocktail recipes, travel tips, restaurants tips, and clever family anecdotes, I’m not going to stop you.  If you are not already a follower, you can join by A Little Bite of Life by clicking the blue JOIN THIS SITE  button on the right side of the home page.

    UPDATE:  8/30:

    The view outside the theatre:Gorgeous Camelback Mountain!

    I had a chance to experience the AMC Esplanade last night with Doll Face.  It was incredible!  The food was fresh, made with healthy ingredients, and the menu is extensive.  Our service was attentive and discreet, allowing us to enjoy the movie with minimal distraction.  The theatre seats are large and very comfortable, especially in the Cinema Suites, where you sit in recliners!

    When you arrive at the theatre, there is covered paid parking, but the theatre validates parking stubs.  Make certain you get your ticket validated before you leave the theatre!

    Thank you!

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    Julie is the Arizona-based lifestyle writer/editor of A Cork, Fork, & Passport. She is an accomplished chef, traveler, kid wrangler, dachshund chaser, and social media expert.
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