Seasoning that cinematic flavor 

Ah, movie food -- giant tubs of popcorn, Jujubes, Raisinettes, more popcorn. It's all boring after a while. Unless you head for spiffy Cinemark Festival Bay 20, where lucky Harry Potter-going patrons can load up on chicken tenders, spinach-artichoke dip and ice cream sundaes.

Opening at 6 p.m., the "Studio Eats" bar is on the right as you enter, and the manager recommends the hot turkey and Swiss sandwich and a vanilla shake. I suggest the "Clint Eastern" hot dog (brown mustard and sauerkraut).

Two years since construction began, Festival Bay is still nowhere near completion. The Deco lobby and all-digital, all-stadium seated 20-screen theater is hidden behind slabs of gray concrete, so you have to peer around the Outdoor World superstore to find it.

Grab an "Al Cappuccino" or a "Midnight Express-o" if you need to stay awake through the previews.

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