Restaurants Based on Your Favorite Movies
There's nothing like heading out to a movie theater to catch a flick. There's also nothing like eating a ton of food in one sitting. Why not combine the two and eat that food at a restaurant based on one of your favorite movies? There are plenty of them out there. Here are some of the coolest movie-themed restaurants, past and present.
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Alien — Giger Bar — Switzerland
Film buffs know that artist H.R. Giger created the iconic look of the Alien franchise, but did you know there is a bar in his honor? The small town of Chur, in Switzerland, is home to this horrifying memorial to one of the masters. In space nobody may be able to hear you scream, but they sure can hear you scream in Switzerland.
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Lord of the Rings — Green Dragon Inn — New Zealand
This pub was built upon the actual sets that were used to film the Hobbit village in Peter Jackson's original trilogy, so this is about as legit as it gets. Throw a long white wig on and yell "You shall not pass!" at customers for an added thrill. The proprietors will surely love that.
Mystic Pizza — Mystic Pizza — Mystic, Conn.
In a rare case of art imitating food, this pizza joint actually predates the 1988 romantic comedy. Still, if you want to pretend you are a young, up-and-coming Julia Roberts — and who doesn't? — this is the best place to do it.
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Harry Potter — Three Broomsticks — Orlando, Fla.
This eatery is part of a larger Harry Potter experience at Universal Studios but where else are you gonna get your paws around some wizard-approved shepherd's pie? Between that and the Butterbeer, the money in your wallet will go Evanesco.
Star Wars — The Grillenium Falcon — Fayetteville, Ark.
This pun-loving food truck skirts close to, but doesn't cross over, the line that would send Disney's lawyers into a tizzy. Visit for delicacies such as the cheesy "Cheebacca" and stay for the ridiculous and wonderful '70s-inspired truck art.
Toy Story — Pizza Planet — Paris
Pizza Planet is something of an in-joke for the folks over at Pixar, appearing in a handful of movies. However, in-jokes sometimes serve real pizza, as is the case with this Pixar-themed eatery in Disneyland Paris. Also, as an aside, it has an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. Just saying.
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The Lodge — Twilight — Forks, Wash.
Have you ever wanted to sit down to a lovely meal as people around you argued as to whether they were on Team Edward or Team Jacob? You had your chance with this Twilight-inspired eatery. Unfortunately, as vampire fever waned, so did the customer base. It recently closed.
Ratatouille — Bistrot Chez Rémy — Paris
Next time you are in Paris, forget all of the 5-star eateries that dot so much of the landscape. Instead, hit up this Ratatouille-themed eatery and pretend that your food was whipped up by an anthropomorphic rat.
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Donny Dirk's Zombie Den — Shaun of the Dead — Minneapolis
This bar is the perfect spot to lie low, and get wasted, during the forthcoming zombie apocalypse. The waitstaff dress like Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead, including his infamous bloodstained white dress shirt. However, waiters and waitresses are not forced to speak with a British accent.
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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. — Multiple Locations
Forrest Gump isn't known just for introducing "life is like a box of chocolates" into our cultural lexicon. It's also the proud progenitor of chain restaurant Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. One can only ruminate sadly on the line of Ping-Pong equipment that never was.
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