646 W. Fulton St., Boise, 342-4222 theflicksboise.com
Most theaters these days are as loud, dramatic and over-the-top as the movies that play on their screens. From extra-cushy reclining chairs to 3-D goggles, glitzy lobbies and gut-busting food, the environment is as much a part of the experience as the movie itself.
Not at The Flicks - at least not in an aggressive, in-your-face way. Maybe that's why, for the past four years, readers have voted Boise's art-house theater the top movie house.
Since opening its doors in 1984, The Flicks has strived to be different - and not just by welcoming indie and foreign films on its four screens. For one thing, beer and wine are served. (Everything's better with beer - right, ladies? How else are you going to persuade your guy to sit through two hours of subtitles?) And The Flicks has an impressive menu at Rick's Cafe Americain, making "dinner and a movie" akin to one-stop shopping. Want a full meal? Try lasagna or a burger. A non-popcorn snack? Try the hummus and pita or brie and French bread. The patio is warm and inviting, and you might just get so caught up in conversation that you decide to rent a movie instead - which is totally doable in The Flicks' rental section. (You can even check online to peruse films and see whether they're currently available.)
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