• Bringing Hollywood to Your Next Event

     
    POSTED June 10, 2015
     

Studio Movie Grill—the in-theater dining organization with locations across the country—has expanded its roots to Philadelphia.

Three new locations also are slated to open in Simi Valley, Calif., Dallas and Houston. The company was founded in 2000, and by year’s end they will have 24 locations across 10 states.   

"With the help of our partner, Goldman Sachs, Studio Movie Grill is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to further establish our brand across the country," says Brian Schultz, founder and CEO. "We created the full-service, dine-in theater concept as a modern and relaxing way for guests to have dinner at the movies, not just dinner and a movie. Courteous service, coupled with the best available technology and an eclectic, fresh and made-to-order menu—all provided with a mind toward value—have contributed to SMG being recognized as the preeminent leader in film exhibition."

The 37,000-square-foot Philly location, located in Upper Darby, will have a local-style bar and nine screens—it will be the first in the Northeast area. Private event space will be available as in all locations. The company itself hosts more than 2,500 events each year.

The Philly location is especially important for Schultz, as he lived here for many years.

"Philadelphia and Simi Valley are ideal locations for me to reconnect with communities that have special meaning for me,” he says. “Part of our journey is to build in communities and develop roots where I have fond memories.”

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.