Lily's on Main offers silver screen-themed cocktails, movies

James Bond has his martinis, shaken not stirred, of course. The “Sex in the City” ladies rely on pretty pink cosmos to get them through their high-style New York City social life. Even creepy characters like Hannibal Lector of “Silence of the Lambs” know that a fine chianti goes with fava beans. 


So, it’s quite a perfect pairing when you can enjoy a cocktail with your favorite movie. Not just before the movie, or just after the movie, but during the movie. 


At Ephrata Main Theatre, you can sip a cocktail while you watch 007 outwit the forces of evil or Carrie match wits with Big. It’s one of the best things about the vintage-style movie theatre with state-of-the-art digital technology. You simply kick back, relax and relish movie night with a drink in hand. 


“We are one of the only theatres that I know of where you can have drinks at the movies,” says Steve Brown, owner, chef and manager of Lily’s on Main and Ephrata Main Theatre.

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 It’s quite a treat to get that warm, fuzzy feeling at the movies. You can order beer or a glass of wine, from a selection of chardonnay, pinot grigio, rose and claret. There are also cocktails, like frozen Fifty Shades of Grey Goose, strawberry Margarita and frozen Manhattan.

Some of the popular cocktails at Ephrata Main Theatre are  the Grey Goose vodka martinis made with delicious fruit French sodas, like blood orange. French berry lemonade, orangeade and pomegranate. These Li Village French sodas let you imagine that you are sipping aperitifs on some Parisian boulevard café, watching a movie like “Midnight in Paris” or “The French Connection.”   

Of course, these days, you might be more likely to take in a film like “Captain America: Civil War” or “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” With a cocktail firmly in your grip, you can travel back in time to the war-torn 1860s or follow Alice down the rabbit hole. You might not even be phased when the Red Queen demands “Off with her head!” It’s amazing how soothing how one well-crafted French martini can make you feel.   

Suddenly, you notice the elegances of the Ephrata Main Theatre with origins that date back to 1938. That’s when the Main Theatre opened at 124 E. Main Street in Ephrata. It was the place to see movie stars like Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Cary Grant and Clark Gable. Owned and operated by the Stiefel Brothers Roxy Theater Circuit, the glorious theatre reached its pinnacle, then became a fading star by the 1970s. The dilapidated building had to be torn down, but that wasn’t “The End” for the Ephrata Main Theatre. 

In November 1993, the Main Twin Theatre reopened, with the Roxy and Grand theatres, using many of the beautiful art deco accents, neon lights and lighting fixtures.  The current owners Steve and Karen Brown, who also own Lily’s on Main restaurant on the second floor, have invested in bringing first-run movies to the theatre. Live theatre, music, concerts and special events are performed on stage. In both theatres, state of the art digital projectors and technology brings the highest quality resolution to the big screen. 

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Even the snack bar goes beyond the usual popcorn and candy bars, with innovative theatre food. Prices are lower than most theatres, and so are the ticket prices, at just $8 per person. 


It’s also nice to know that Lily’s on Main restaurant is just a few steps away for a full menu of regionally inspired cuisine, like Olivia’s Caesar Salad, grilled meatloaf with tomato onion gravy and pork and sea scallops.

You may also want to try:

Casino Royal with Grey Goose, Tanqueray and lillet Lemon twist, shaken, not stirred
The Scarlet O’Hara with Southern Comfort, Cointreau, cranberry juice and a lime wedge


Here’s to movies with drinks, or drinks with movies. Cheers! 


Lily’s on Main, Ephrata Main Theatre

Brossman Building, 124 East Main Street, Ephrata

restaurant: 717-738-2711, theatre: 717-733-9098 

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Laura Knowles is a freelance writer and photographer for Fly Magazine. She is obsessed with writing about food, art, music and theatre, in an effort to pretend to be a chef, artist, musician and actress. Her goal in life is to be on Jeopardy, as long as there is no math category.

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