Dinner and a movie is the stereotypical "perfect" first date. Why do people feel that way? To me, dinner and a movie is probably the worst (decent) first date you can go on.
Lets assume that since its you're first date you two don't know each other very well. Let us also assume that chivalry has not gone the way of old yeller and the man (whom i also assume arranged the date) is paying.
Now you pick up your lady friend and bring her to at least a halfway decent restaurant. Lets say Red Lobster- because lets face it, we all love those cheddar bay biscuits lol. Your meals run you about $60 (a lil more if you plan on getting your sip on). You make some light, getting to know you chit-chat while you eat, pay for your meal (and tip your server) then head to the movies.
You pay for 2 full price adult tickets, which i'll guesstimate ran you another $20. You don't wanna appear cheap so you buy some movie snacks...another $10. As you find your seat and the lights dim, you are kindly reminded that you are in a movie theater so shut the hell up & turn ur damn phone off.
2 hours later, the lights come back on, you take your date home, thank her for a lovely evening and go on about your merry little way.
What the hell did you accomplish other than spending a good $100 (not including gas money and the dough you might have spent making yourself and your car look presentable for the evening) to make idle chit chat over dinner and have a hot woman sit silently next to you in a dark crowded movie theater. She might not even like you. We're in a recession...how many people are gonna turn down a free meal?
The REAL perfect first date is one where you can maximize the amount of time you spend getting to know one another, not how much money you can waste.
And creativity is awesome. Dinner and a movie is soooooo played out :)