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Mother and Crest Theatre team up for free movies

Dine at a K Street Mall restaurant, get a free ticket to “Casablanca” at the Crest Theatre on Jan. 9.
Dine at a K Street Mall restaurant, get a free ticket to “Casablanca” at the Crest Theatre on Jan. 9. HANDOUT

Foodies with their Instagram profiles handy, and folks just looking to grab a bite, are all qualified for upcoming free movies at The Crest Theatre. As sponsored by The Crest’s adjacent restaurant, Mother, the Jan. 2 screening of “Citizen Kane” and a Jan. 9 showing of “Casablanca” will be free with a restaurant receipt from a K Street Mall restaurant. No minimum purchase is required.

As a bonus, those who purchase tickets to the Dec. 22 showing of “Gremlins” at The Crest will get free admission to “86’d” at Mother. This head-to-head cooking competition features two top local chefs battling it out culinary style, in the spirit of the Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight.” The normally $10 event also includes a beer and a plate of food from Mother’s kitchen.

The Dec. 22 edition of “86’d” should be full of much smack talk. Chefs Adam Pechal and Rob Venditti (Pangaea Bier Cafe), both known for their culinary chops and lack of “inside voices,” will be the featured contestants.

Mike Thiemann, chef and co-owner of Mother, plans to continue these kinds of food and movie tie-ins when a sister restaurant below The Crest, Empress Tavern, opens in early 2015. Plans call for food and drink from Empress Tavern to be allowed inside The Crest while watching movies.

“We want to re-introduce people back to movies at The Crest,” said Thiemann. “It’s also practice before we start selling booze and make an Alamo Drafthouse feel (to the theater).”

For more information: http://www.crestsacramento.com/

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