Modern Restaurants Set In Vintage Movie Theaters In United States
Modern Dining Tables brings you modern restaurants that found the perfect home in vintage movie theaters. Spanning from the roaring twenties to the old South, first-rate American eateries are breathing new life into these grand spaces.
Housed in Nashville’s former Melrose Theater, built-in 1942, this luxury restaurantSinema keeps its theatrical roots intact. Opened in 2014, this two-level fine-diningrestaurant blends preserved elements of the Melrose Theater with sleek and modern design and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll. The grand entrance, which was the movie theater’s lobby, houses the theater’s original curved staircase, mirrored ceilings, and exposed brick, masterfully restored. The award-winning Sinema also features plush velvet booths, masterful lighting, and rare black-and-white photographs of music legends, a nod to Nashville’s iconic song history.
Webb Custom Kitchen, Gastonia, North Carolina
Set in Gastonia, a suburb of Charlotte, this old mill town still embraces this original Art Deco cinema, which was built in 1927. The theater closed its doors in the late 1980s and today hosts the Webb Custom Kitchen, which features the same architecture the cinema had in the twenties while serving up American contemporary fare. “What attracted me was the old bones of the architecture,” said Webb Custom Kitchen’s owner, Jim Morasso, in a phone call. “The cinema helps define Gastonia’s architecture.” Morasso opened this unique restaurant in 2016 and has one of the original projectors in the modern restaurant, which once sat in Greta Garbo’s Stockholm apartment, and the original proscenium that Morasso restored and hand-painted himself.
The Pershing Theater opened in 1918 as a German-language film house on Chicago’s Lincoln Square. In the 1960s it was purchased and changed to the Davis Theater. Chicago’s Carbon Arc Bar and Board opened in 2016 in the historic movie house, which today holds National Landmark status. The theater is still in operation, but guests can exit the lobby and head straight into the cocktail bar and full-service kitchen offering new American fare.