A concession to hungry movie fans

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June 30, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Some of Baltimore's best theaters are sending their customers away hungry.

Nothing against the Charles and the Senator, both of which are civic treasures and key elements in the city's cinematic skyline. But would it kill them to offer a hungry man a sandwich.

Granted, you don't go to the movies expecting to simultaneously watch a movie and chow down on gourmet fare; the owners of the Owings Mills theaters tried that, offering full meals and even bringing the food to your seats, and few people bothered to come.

Also granted, most times some popcorn and a soda are enough to keep one satisfied until the movie is over. If you're feeling decadent (and don't mind ignoring your dentist), maybe a box of Raisinets is in order.

But couldn't these two wonderful establishments at least add hot dogs to their menu? Those of us who want something a little more substantial are out of luck at both.

Now, I understand the big megaplexes have what are essentially on-site kitchens that enable them to serve such delicacies as fried shrimp, quesadillas, french fries, even Buffalo wings. It would be impractical to suggest the Senator and the Charles follow their example in the culinary department.

(For a real food selection, of course, nothing beats the Bengies Drive-In, where everything short of filet mignon seems to be on the menu.)

Still, how much room would it take up to install a hot dog grill? That, and a few containers for ketchup, mustard, relish and (if I may be so bold as to dream) onions, and you'd be in business. Those of us who haven't had time for a real meal before the movie could actually eat something that won't cause our teeth to rot or get stuck between them.

And our mothers, who were forever warning us of the dangers of too much junk food, would thank you.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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