LA Date Night: 'Harry Potter' in Pasadena
All is ending for ol' Harry Potter this weekend, and the only Armageddon we Angelenos can muster graveness for is Car-mageddon. (For shame.) We dare conjecture that Pasadena denizens will survive both 'mageddons (hording sea urchin tostadas at Saturday's LA Street Food Festival no less). But to honor 10 years of Potter, we must sit in giant suede recliners and drink for a running time of 130 minutes. To Daniel Radcliffe's still-evolving pecs (clink!).
Pie 'n Burger: But first, a burger. If a 'mageddon does, in fact, claim you, then have your last meal be a classic cheeseburger from Pie 'n Burger. Like a gift, it arrives, wrapped in paper and sans tomato (re: the latter, how much do you love this place?). A loosely formed burger patty makes nice with vibrant yellow cheese, and with every bite, a little bit of Thousand Island lingers on the outer corners of your mouth. Leave it - then after your last bite, lick and savor. Maybe you've left room for a seasonal piece of pie.
Pie 'n Burger, 913 East California Boulevard, at Lake Avenue (626-795-1123 or pienburger.com)
Gold Class Cinemas: To screen a film at Gold Class Cinemas, it must be a special occasion. You wouldn't, for example, spend $29 on a ticket to see a haggard-looking Cameron Diaz in "Bad Teacher," but yes, of course, you'd spend $29 to see Harry Potter die. Forever. And for this life-altering occasion, a fake La-Z-Boy (well, it's ... suede) is suddenly worth the splurge, as is the option to sip on a $49 bottle of Schramsberg sparkling wine. With the addition of 3-D glasses, the deathly hallows will be yours to show and tell, too.
Gold Class Cinemas, 42 Miller Alley, at West Union Street (626-639-2260 or goldclasscinemas.com)
1886 Bar at The Raymond: It hadn't occurred to us before, but 1886 looks like somewhere Harry, Hermione and Ron would hang out and lament the world's evildoers. No, the bar isn't creating a special Hogwarts Swizzle for opening weekend, but you can pretend that the bourbon-based Pimm's "No. 8" Cup is to commemorate the eight "Harry Potter" flicks of the last decade. Out in the garden, there's a stone bench that sets the scene for a PG-rated kiss.
1886 Bar at The Raymond, 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, at Columbia Street (626-441-3136 or theraymond.com)
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