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Breakfast and a flick: The unsung hero of cinema combos

Breakfast and a flick: The unsung hero of cinema combos

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What’s so great about evening movies? The lines are longer, the tickets are pricier and the tweens are friskier. Your highly anticipated rom-com shouldn’t be ruined by lengthy waits, expensive stubs and slurping tongues.

All it takes to thwart these theater downers is an alarm clock and a plan. Luckily for you, I’ve created a few breakfast combos.

The Quickie: Chick-Fil-AMC Barton Creek Mall

What this corporate theater lacks in concessions, comfort and personality, it makes up for with location, pricing and timing. All movies before noon are just six bucks (unless it’s IMAX, 3D or IMAX 3D) and screenings begin as early as 9 a.m. 

On Saturdays, you have just enough time to hike up the escalator and grab a Chick-Fil-A biscuit before the opening credits. On Sundays, you’ll have to settle for the Starbucks that’s so close to the ticket window, you can hear Michael Bublé crooning from the opposing corridor.

And as your stomach settles and the plot thickens, dozens of store clerks prepare for your post-movie perusing. After breakfast, a feature film and a few hours of window shopping, you’ll still have half a day to do as you please. You can even catch an evening movie.

Two Birds One Screen: (Almost) Any Alamo Drafthouse

For those of you who would rather roll out of bed and head straight to the box office, make like a 19th century conquistador and raid the Alamo. The show times may not start quite as early as AMC, but let’s face it — the Alamo’s target demographic doesn’t get up before 10 a.m. on weekends anyways.

Aside from the reduced ticket prices and plethora of empty seats, there’s one perk that makes the Alamo Drafthouse stand out from the other early birds: brunch. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday before 1 p.m., Austin’s favorite movie theater offers a delightful selection of your favorite breakfast dishes.

But the real reward for waking up before noon is their Bacon Cheddar Scones. These flavorful pillows of pork and lactose are so ridiculously delicious, even the latest Adam Sandler movie couldn’t ruin them.

A Royal Awakening:  Jo’s before shows at the Violet Crown 

Quick! Go to Violet Crown’s website and reserve a front row seat for a $7 morning indie movie. I know, I know, you hate the front row. Not at this theater you don’t. Why? Because each “seat” is actually a leather chair with a footrest, dual cup holders and enough distance from the screen to put your peripheral vision at ease. It’s like your father’s favorite recliner, but with bigger armrests and a true big screen.

Before you sink into your theater throne, take advantage of the 4-hour parking validation and hoof it to Jo’s on 2nd. An Iced Turbo and some Huevos Rancheros are the perfect precursors to your cozy cinematic experience. And if you’re running a little behind, you can always settle for a Bloody Mary and a Margherita pizza at Violet Crown.  

Still saying you would not, could not enjoy breakfast and a flick? Give any of these itineraries a taste and you’ll be as grateful as that wookiee at the end of Green Eggs and Ham. (Spoiler Alert.)