Most movie concession stands serve stale popcorn, syrupy flat soda, and nachos with cheese from Dubya’s reign.
Now Second Act, a new food emporium, has emerged as an alternative for the masses.
The beloved Red Vic Movie House — that ran for over 30 years in the Haight — has become a hip marketplace for Cajun, Russian, and freshly-baked and -squeezed delicacies.
The reboot includes five cool incubator stalls and an event space in the back for films, private parties, and live shows with wine and beer from Magnolia.
Tuck into southern comfort food at High Cotton Kitchen. Chef Terrell Brunet is well-known for his NOLA specialties including spicy shrimp & okra gumbo and his pièce de résistance, cochon de lait po' boy.
Anda Piroshki's Anna Tvelova bakes hearty piroshki just like her dear babushka made for her back in Mother Russia. The beef & cheese and cabbage ragout (aka Bunny's Pleasure) are filling little pies on your lunch break.
Don't miss the soft opening this weekend and Community Craft's ginger spiced cookies, the Very Berry Pear from RAW juicery, and Spice Hound for hard-to-find herbs.
All this, and a theater, too. You can never underestimate the power of community spirit in the Haight.
Price: 1 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street.
Scene: Community-minded locals supporting the co-op spirit and hungry for comfort food and time to hang with their pals after a show or on their lunch break.
Best bets: High Cotton Kitchen's soup and po' boy; Beauty's bagels and Sightglass coffee; savory piroshkis from Anda Piroshki; and Meetinghouse biscuits from Community Craft.
Matinee Idols: Sleek new interior with a white-paneled vintage ceiling and smooth dark concrete floors. The incubator stalls are modern and friendly with spiral black locking gates.The sweet inspiration of the Red Vic lives on.