Standees, a restaurant and movie concept, coming to Prairie Village

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The Village Shopping Center is getting an eat-in theater.
  • The Village Shopping Center is getting a theater attached to a restaurant.
The days of movie theaters just selling you popcorn are mostly long gone, but a new Kansas City company is hoping to marry fine dining and the cinema experience. Standees, an eat-and-watch concept from Dineplex is taking over the former Macy's Home Store space at 3935 West 69th Terrace in Prairie Village. Standees public relations rep Justin Scott explained the concept to me in a an e-mail:

STANDEES will be designed to be a restaurant first and a theatre second, yet equally engaging to either restaurant or theatre guests. STANDEES will not offer in-theatre dining. There are no servers in the theatre and you cannot order entrees. However, guests will be welcome to comfortably enjoy drinks from the bar and select appetizers and desserts from the restaurant at your seat. Guests will need to bring them in to the theatre and set them down on small tables attached to the seats. There are no buttons to push for service or “lazy-boy-like” recliners. Also, the café-style concession stand that services the theatres includes traditional movie snacks (e.g., popcorn, candy and soda), as well as drinks from the bar and the select appetizers and desserts from the restaurant.

The building in the shopping center will feature three movie theaters with food and film picks specifically geared toward an audience over 40 years old. And, yes, there will be a full bar. Hopefully, the senior set can refrain from throwing Junior Mints at the screen. Construction is expected to begin this December with a spring 2013 opening planned.

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