Best Place to See a Movie and Drink Beer

The Parkway Theater

After visiting the Parkway Theater for the first time, one wonders why nobody else is doing anything like this in the Bay Area. Well, the fact is, the Parkway is doing what the proprietors call "picture, pub, and pizza" with such excellence that it's just as well. The concept is simple: Watch a movie in comfortable chairs, eat some pizza, and drink good beer on tap (or wine by the glass), with nothing to clean up afterward! They show second-run movies that generally tend to the more palatable end of Hollywood and beyond, including Academy Award-nominated films and British comedies. Entrance and a seat at one of the comfortable couches or tables and chairs is a mere $5, and a pitcher of one of the nine beers and ciders on tap is an affordable $9. Beware the 21-and-over age restriction after 4 p.m. (except on Monday, which is "Baby Brigade" night, specifically intended for house-bound parents to bring along their infants).

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