I’ve always been jealous when I’ve heard about movie theatres in other parts of the country where jars of nutritional yeast are set out for people to top their popcorn. A healthy layering of nutritional yeast is my favorite part of the popcorn experience at home, and so it seemed like it would take movie popcorn to the next level to get nutritional yeast on it as well. (Plus, at the movie theatre there are no cats meowing at me insistently to hurry up and finish, so that they can lick the bottom of the bowl. Oh, but what if there was? THAT would be the best movie theatre ever…)
Anyway, I can pack away the jealousy and save it for something else, because Iowa now has just such a movie theatre – FilmScene in Iowa City. Not only do they pop their popcorn in coconut oil and put out a jar of nutritional yeast, they also have agave syrup for sweetening coffee, organic tea, tamari almonds, trail mix, and burritos for sale from Local Burrito.
One of the options is a vegan burrito, Thai Peanut Tempeh. David and I ventured there with friends to see the original Japanese version of Godzilla and purposely passed over dinner at home, so that we could try one. I didn’t bother with a picture, because burritos are notoriously difficult to photograph. (Oh, it’s a picture of a brown, oblong tortilla… Nicely done?) Plus, in a dark movie theatre, it’s doubly impossible. However, it was very tasty, stuffed with curry seasoned tempeh, and it was toasted for several minutes until it was crisp and tan on the outside.
If that wasn’t enough, FilmScene also sells beer on tap and wine by the glass or bottle that you can bring into the theatre to enjoy during the show and share with friends. The seats are on the uncomfortable side; however, the front row is a set of couches that make you feel like you’re watching movies at home. Slouch down enough, and you don’t even care that the screen is only a few feet away.
And what about the movies? In addition to showing classics, they have lots of independent films, art films, and foreign films that tend not to make it to small town Iowa. We saw Jodorowsky’s Dune a few weeks ago, and it was terrific. I have never read Dune, nor have I seen the David Lynch version. So I thought it might be dull for me, but Alejandro Jodorowsky was so charming in it, he won me right over. He could have told me about his grocery list, and I would have been entranced. Plus, they used storyboard animation in a three dimensional way that I’ve never seen done before. If you like documentaries, I recommend checking it out!
And if you’re ever in Iowa, check out FilmScene. I know you thought Iowa was only known for corn… Turns out they also know how to top it – with nutritional yeast, obviously.