Hearne: Zona Rosa’s Studio Movie Grill Born to Die

The awful truth about the now defunct, five month-old Studio Movie Grill at Zona Rosa?

It was born to die.

From the get-go, when it opened last May, Studio Movie Grill stood as a testament to poor planning.

The promotional, pre-opening schmooze was a disaster. The seats were bad, the space cramped. Servers continuously scurrying past were distracting. Dining space was tight.

Worst of all, Studio Movie Grill flubbed the floor plan design. It left alternate row’s line-of-sight to the screen obstructed by the heads of moviegoers in the rows ahead of them. May experience watching “Date Night” there was like

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5 Responses to Hearne: Zona Rosa’s Studio Movie Grill Born to Die

  1. Anonymous says:

    KCMO staffer
    Zona Rosa is for the most part a bomb. The place is half empty as far as filled stores. A couple restaurants do ok, thats about it. The second comedy store there, I think its an Improv in a restaurant is not gonna make it from the two times I have been there. Less then half full on a Saturday, two weeks in a row. Its just a strange place, never did work. The movie theatres will also close in a year or less.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bob Loblaw
    AMC perfected the movie dining experience. Granted, SMG was doing it first and AMC ripped off the concept from them (and a few other exhibitors) but they got it right with, first, Fork & Dine, and even moreso, Cinema Suites. Site lines, menu, seats, wait staff, etc. My wife and I don’t even bother going to the movies anymore unless it’s at Cinema Suites or Fork & Dine.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bob Loblaw
    Corrected to say Fork & Screen, NOT Fork & Dine. DOH!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Warren Theatres in Wichita has been doing this for years and do an awesome job of it. Whenever I’m in Wichita, I try to go and see something, usually at the theater in Old Town.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Movie Theaters gonna go the way of Blockbuster…1 trip with family and popcorn is = to 2 payments on Home Theater.
    Not a big fan of Table service Movie reclining? It really isn’t a bad value per say-just kind of an egregious experience.

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