BistroPlex at Southridge Mall

Behind the Scenes

Kitchen manager Alysia Ramirez cooks in the cinema’s kitchen, which has two lines – each assigned to a different side of the building.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pm

At Marcus Theatres’ BistroPlex, it’s not unusual for moviegoers to arrive early to their show. In fact, it’s actually recommended that you find your designated DreamLounger reclining seat as early as 30 minutes before the movie starts. That’s because Milwaukee-based The Marcus Corp.’s new theater concept, which opened last June at Southridge Mall in Greendale, doubles as a full-service restaurant.

After purchasing a ticket from a digital kiosk in the lobby, patrons head directly to one of the eight auditoriums – no concession stop necessary. Once they are seated, a server takes their food and beverage orders. On busy nights, the BistroPlex staff – a team of 165 people – serves dinner and a movie to almost 860 guests during a two-hour set of shows.

Photos by Lila Aryan

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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