Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company has three locations in Asheville but only the Merrimon location is a movie theater.
Asheville Pizza Company is a second-run movie theater with one screen. Movies are $3 for all tickets and run at 1, 4, 7, and 10. Often family-friendly fare is shown during the day and R-rated features at the 10 o’clock showing. Currently there is no upcharge for 3D films.
Theater seating is arranged so that you can have a meal while watching the film and there is a service/order window in the back of the theater. There is also a full-service restaurant in the lobby if you choose to eat before the film (a wise choice as the theater becomes VERY crowded). Shows do sell out here VERY often so come early and be seated thirty minutes prior to show time.
They also have a game room and bar in the back. Unfortunately last time I visited the game room, almost every single game was broken in some way (dance pads on DDR weren’t working properly, machines weren’t registering coins, joysticks weren’t working, air hockey had no air, etc.). As a result I haven’t even been in the back for a few years.
I have sampled many of their pizzas. They are tasty homemade thin-crust pizzas with a fabulous variety of toppings. Toppings range from traditional pepperoni to eclectic(artichoke hearts, spam, walnuts). Whole pizzas can be ordered in medium, large, or jumbo size, or simply order a slice for the movie. They have an all-you-can eat pizza bar from 11-2 which works great before attending a 1 p.m. show. Eat in the restaurant, pay your bill, then bring your drink into the theater.
The rest of the menu consists of pasta, salads, and sandwiches – almost all are movie-themed. You can have the William Shatner Quesadilla (all cheese) or a Royale with Cheese (cheeseburger). They also have many gluten-free and vegan options. Being a micro-brewery, beer choices abound and wine is available.
Inside and out, Asheville Pizza Company is decorated eclectically. I loved the tiny ceramic movie tiles decorating the walls by the restrooms.
As with Cinebarre, your food bill can grow to enormous size if you aren’t careful. Other than that, the only drawback to the theater is that it is always crowded. Last time we went with friends, we had to sit at the back of the theater as none of the front or middle rows had eight seats together and we arrived quite early.
Not only is Asheville Pizza Company our best second-run theater but it’s a nice place to take visitors. It is well worth your time – just arrive early.