What was your last night out like? You may have gone out to eat, rushing through dinner so you could get decent seats at the local, mainstream movie theater. You may have missed out on the good seats inside the theater because you waited in line too long for popcorn. Your experience might have been stressful, impersonal, and incredibly ordinary. The newly renovated Maple Theater and Kitchen offers something unlike any other dining, movie-going experience you’ve ever had before.
With its new renovations, the Maple Theater and Kitchen is impossible to miss as you are driving down Maple Road in Bloomfield Township. The former Maple had uncomfortable seats, outdated decoration, and long lines for popular films. It has now been completely renovated to reflect its audience base and its independent aesthetic.
Walking inside the Maple Theater and Kitchen immediately envelopes people with a feeling of warmth. Dark walls in the coffee shop and restaurant area are decorated with movie posters and old cameras. It is newly laid out like a real restaurant, so there are handfuls of places to sit during your lunch break or dinnertime date.
As I looked at the Maple Kitchen’s menu, the food seemed to be a cross between a sports bar and an upscale European café. There’s enough variety for everyone to enjoy – you can get everything from a pepperoni pizza to chicken wings to a seared salmon sandwich. Other options include gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.
Alcoholic beverages are available as well. I sat down at the bar, but as an underage individual, I couldn’t order a drink. Looking around, I saw people enjoying tall, foaming beers and elegant glasses of wine with their pizzas and sandwiches.
Another unique venue that the Maple Theater and Kitchen offers is a coffee shop. Maple owner Jon Goldstein says, “We’re more on brand with a local, on-brand coffee company.” This cafe brews coffee right from the freshly ground beans of the Michigan-based Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company. They also offer hot chocolate, a variety of comforting teas, and delectable pastries that will pair excellently with any weather Michigan decides to throw at us.
The Maple’s three movie screens come with an interesting twist. When you go to the box office (or their website!) to buy tickets, you can select your own seats for specific screenings. Your days of rushing through dinner to get good seats for a movie are over. While this has caused some trouble in years past (which I can vouch for, as a former Maple employee), Goldstein recognizes that there has been a change in attitude. “Most people enjoy the assigned seating [because they] don’t feel as if they’re in a rush to reserve a seat,” he remarked.
For those who feel like treating themselves, there is also the option of club seats. With the extra cost of five dollars, these seats are bigger and cozier than the typical seats. They also come with a tray table, your own personal waiter, and free popcorn.
There’s one thing I’ve learned about the Maple from observing it as a customer and working there as an employee. The relationships between customers and employees is significant. From crafting a perfect cappuccino at the coffee shop to escorting you to your seats, you really get a sense of community when you’re at the Maple.
Which part of the Maple Theater and Kitchen excites you the most? Any flicks you’re hoping to see in the coming year?