Wednesday, November 01, 2017

TOP STORY >> Silver Screen renovates

Leader staff writer

Silver Screen Cinema 8 in Cabot recently renovated four theaters with new seating and added more hot food choices.

The seats are electric leather recliners with swivel food and drink table. Next year all eight auditoriums will have the new seats, new carpet and curtains.

Moviegoers can reserve their reclining VIP seats on-line at, using a seating chart showing available seats at a film’s showtime. They can also purchase tickets and gift cards with a credit card. A ticket kiosk in the lobby shows what seats are available.

“We were the first theater in Arkansas to have recliner seats at the Riverdale Cinema in Little Rock and then we did it at the Hot Springs Cinema. The response has been overwhelming, so we brought it to the Cabot location,” Cinema owner Matt Smith said.

“The seats are really comfortable. They are easier to clean then cloth,” Cinema manager Joe Creamer said.

Silver Screen has popcorn, candy and soda, but expanded the menu with hot dogs, corn dogs, pretzels, French fries, fresh handmade pizza, hamburger sliders, toasted ravioli, chicken tenders, Buffalo boneless wings, mozzarella sticks and new desserts with key lime pie and chocolate peanut butter pie.

Smith’s theaters in Little Rock and Hot Springs serve beer and wine.

“If people in Cabot want us to have it, we would consider pursuing a private-club liquor license,” he said.

Movies coming out in November are “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Coco,” “Justice League,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Daddy’s Home 2.”Showing in December are “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Ferdinand” and “Jumanji.”

Smith has owned Silver Screen Cinema for 15 years. It opened in 1997 with four screens. He modernized it with 3D, digital light projection and stadium seating.

“We’re always trying to improve the movie experience for the Cabot movie client,” Smith said.