From gourmet brunch at Ramos House, to peaceful walks through the Mission, to killer tacos at Pedro's, San Juan Capistrano is full of opportunities for daytime fun. But when the sun goes down, there are few local nightlife options except for the Swallows Inn (where a young lady can expect to get strong drinks and free dance lessons from nice local gentlemen in cowboy hats on weekend nights). If line dancing's not your style, or you'd like to give your boots a break, you'll have a new option in SJC for nighttime fun this spring.
Regency is renovating a theater in Franciscan Plaza on Verdugo Street that has sat empty since 2000, when Edwards Cinemas went bankrupt. After lengthy negotiations, Regency signed a contract with the city for a $450,000, no-interest loan to bring movies back to downtown, as reported by the OC Register.
The theater was due to open by Thanksgiving, but as construction continues, the date has been pushed back to March. The four-screen theater is set to feature a wine and beer bar and gourmet snacks like Kobe beef burgers and chopped-shrimp salads, giving it an upscale twist on the traditional cinema. The Capistrano Dispatch reported that the the company's goal is to create a destination theater, where people will come from around Orange County to lounge in its leather seats and have a glass of wine. See you there, and I'll take a glass of the Cabernet, please!