We've got a few 'round here, but I can never justify going to myself. The drinks and food aren't as good as a real bar/restaurant and the ticket prices are too much to want to jeopardize missing even a moment.
I see maybe 3 or 4 movies in the theater a year, and it's usually just me and maybe a friend or two who also don't watch a lot of films each year and for whom going out to see a movie usually is more of a "night out" kind of thing. So the difference between paying $10-12 to sit in a tiny cramped seat with a high probability of someone blocking my view, versus paying $20 to sit in a power reclining leather chair, with side table, folding food tray, call button for service, and absolutely no possibility of having my experience ruined by some idiot/jerk sitting nearby? Totally worth it IMO.
I'd say that the food quality is high (better than a lot of bar/restaurants IMO), just that the things they serve are more on the appetizer end of the spectrum rather than a full sit down meal. There's no requirement to order anything of course, so you can always just look at it as paying more to get a perfect film going experience. But it's not like the price is that prohibitively expensive. I'd likely spend $40 to $50 on dinner when going out to a movie anyway. If anything, by ordering food in the theater it sorta reduces the cost because I'm not going to what might be a much more expensive restaurant to eat.
I will say that the one negative with regard to the food ordering is that it does distract a bit from the movie experience. They tend to still be taking orders and delivering food while the previews are playing and even sometimes into the first few minutes of the feature. Which is less than ideal. I want to be totally settled before the film starts, and they don't always do that right. Again though, you don't have to order any food or drinks. Edited, Nov 19th 2013 2:47pm by gbaji