Dining with the Stars

By local contributor
Dawson Fearnow

Why settle for dinner and a movie, when you can have dinner at the movies, and more at Scottsdale’s most ‘entertaining’ dining destinations.


Desert Stages Theatre

This popular theatrical company recently relocated from a dated standalone space to a new, state-of-the-art home inside Scottsdale Fashion Square. Now housed inside a former movie multiplex, Desert Stages offers two stages full of live entertainment, plus and expanded lobby and concession stand. Not to mention the theater itself is located just off the mall’s massive food court, making pre- and post-show dining a snap. 


Harkins Theatres

Founded in 1933, Arizona’s homegrown movie theater chain has three locations across Scottsdale, including the all-new Camelview at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Not only does it have an in-lobby bar and lounge featuring local craft brews, but they also offer an indoor/outdoor rooftop terrace where moviegoers can unwind before or after the show. Plus you can pair your cocktails with way more than just popcorn, including Nathan’s mini corn dogs and decadently delicious Oreo Churros.


iPic Scottsdale

Part restaurant, part cocktail bar and completely gorgeous, iPic’s Scottsdale location is more than just a pretty face thanks to its restaurant-worthy concession stand. Think grab-and-go smoky BBQ pizzas, buttermilk fried chicken or lobster rolls, plus certain seats even offer full-service dining. There’s also a stylish cocktail lounge right inside the lobby, and a surprisingly great Italian restaurant named Tanzy just off the lobby that serves up tasty late-night bar bites (if you’re not stuffed yet).


Scottsdale Quarter & Scottsdale Promenade

Several of Scottsdale’s best malls also take full advantage of the city’s sunny days and starry nights by hosting outdoor movie nights. Offered seasonally at destinations such as Scottsdale Quarter, where movies are hosted throughout the holiday season inside the grass- and fountain-filled Quad, each movie is BYO chairs and snacks. And come springtime, don’t miss the annual ‘drive-in’ movies hosted on a 30-foot high blow-up screen at the Scottsdale Promenade.


Hit the Road

Boasting a restaurant-worthy, from-scratch kitchen, a gelato bar and a full cocktail bar featuring tons of craft brews, Roadhouse Cinemas is a local micro-chain with a stunning new location in Scottsdale. Hit up the weekday happy hour for half-off all beer, wines, house margaritas and bar bites, and then settle in for a show featuring bottomless popcorn and sodas, full lunch/dinner menu, state-of-the-art surround sound and all-recliner leather seating. Then enjoy a nightcap and a little post-movie conversation out on the outdoor patio, lounging around a cozy fire-pit.