Caddy Shack

Eat the Movies

January 2, 2018

You could watch a movie and eat while you watch—popcorn, candy, and such. Or you could taste the movie itself at one of these theme restaurants based on popular films.

Caddy Shack

The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, is home to Caddy Shack, a restaurant whose theme is the biggest golf movie of all time: the 1980 comedy Caddyshack. That movie starred Bill Murray and was co-written by his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray. Those two own the restaurant, along with their four other brothers. One of them, Andy Murray, is the head chef.

Giger Bar

Swiss designer and artist H.R. Giger is the man responsible for the fascinatingly grotesque “xenomorph” creatures of the Alien film series (along with lots of progressive rock album covers in the ’70s). In the small city of Chur, Switzerland, is the home to the first Giger Bar, designed by Giger himself. The entrance looks like a spaceship door, and all of the furniture inside resembles xenomorphs or their body parts.


The world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Middle Earth” was re-created in exacting detail in New Zealand for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation. But what to do with the sets after filming wrapped? Some proprietors took the Hobbiton bar, maintained its movie look, and opened it to the public. It’s an “authentic” Shire bar and restaurant—but it’s only accessible as part of a tour of Lord of the Rings sets left behind.

Café Jack and The Titanic Theatre Restaurant

At least two restaurants have been inspired by Titanic, the 1997 film, not the doomed luxury ocean-liner that hit an iceberg on its inaugural voyage in 1912. Sitting on a small plot of land in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, Café Jack operates on board an old converted boat. The walls are lined with Titanic posters and Titanic props. The Titanic Theatre Restaurant in Williamstown, Australia, offers a Titanic-themed dinner theater. Customers can sit in “first class” or “steerage” and their accommodations are loving re-creations of what was on-board the actual Titanic (as seen in the highly detailed and authentic film). Customers can wear their own era-appropriate costumes, or borrow some from the restaurant.