The best way to experience a film is by going to see it at the movie theater. It’s fun to Netflix and chill every now and then, but watching a movie at home on the couch is no substitute for the full-on experience that includes movie popcorn, surround sound, and watching the action on the big screen. If you’re looking to take your movie watching game to the next level, these are 10 of the best movie theaters in the United States that will offer you a special experience unlike any other.
Catch A Flick At These 10 Movie Theaters In The U.S.
1. Tampa Theatre
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Watch modern releases and cult classics in the midst of a movie palace that was designed by famous theater architect John Eberson. Features include an indoor Mediterranean courtyard decorated with gargoyles and flowers, along with a nighttime sky that features twinkling stars and floating clouds. They also play the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ prior to screening movies.
Address: 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL
2. iPic Pasadena
Part of an upscale theater chain, the iPic offers a luxury experience like no other. Guests sit in reserved plush seats that recline and have a storage area, along with a pillow and blanket. There is a button you press when you’re ready to order food and drinks, which your assigned server will bring right to your seat. Bonus: guests receive a complimentary bag of popcorn when the film starts.
Address: 42 Miller Alley, Tampa, FL
3. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
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Dating back to 1927, this theater has been the site of many Hollywood premieres like Grease, and has hosted three Academy Award ceremonies. This intricate, Asian0inspired theater is decorated with pagodas, temple bells, imported artifacts from China, and 30-foot stone dragons and lotus-shaped fountains. Also nearby are the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Kodak Theatre next door, which is where the Oscars are hosted.
Address: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Tampa, FL
4. Sundance Kabuki
Located in the Japantown section of San Francisco, this independent movie theater has undergone a Zen bamboo remodel and features a stunning modern vibe. Features include reserved seating and a complete menu filled with cocktails, craft beer and special dishes.
Address: 1881 Post St, Tampa, FL
5. The New Parkway Theater
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Unsure whether you want to stay in and watch a movie or go out and see one? At this unique theater in Oakland, you can do both. The theater is furnished with a variety of couches and chairs, along with a row of bean bags in the front to emulate a supersized living room, so you’ll feel right at home when you’re watching a movie.
Address: 474 24th St, Tampa, FL
6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Let your inner science nerd geek out at this one-of-a-kind theatre, which is located at Walt Disney World in Florida. Inspired by the classic drive-in movie, here guests sit in replica convertible cars and can order ‘50s-style milkshakes and burgers while watching classic movie clips and cartoons.
Address: 351 S Studio Dr, Tampa, FL
Not your typical movie theatre, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts its popular Cinespia outdoor movie experiences that always draw large crowds. They always play classic favorites and old hits like Clueless, and prior to the movie starting there is a pre-show DJ, themed photo booths, and you can bring your own picnic as your sprawl out onto the grass. Make sure you get here early as to secure a prime spot closer to the front.
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Tampa, FL
8. Arlington Theater
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This Santa Barbara movie palace houses more than 2,000 seats and features a balcony and Spanish architecture designed like a Mexican opera house. Check out the stars that light up the ceiling above, while you enjoy various independent films projected onto the 46x20 screen.
Address: 1317 State St, Tampa, FL
9. Castro Theater
This elaborate San Francisco theater was inspired by a Mexican Cathedral in Mission Dolores, and features a stunning Spanish Colonial Baroque style. The luxurious interior includes concave walls and ceiling, and often hosts gala tributes to legendary Hollywood stars.
Address: 429 Castro St, Tampa, FL
10. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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Located in a hip part of Austin, this unusual theater is said to be a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino’s whenever he’s visiting town. While you’re enjoying your movie, your server will come to take your order—the menu features a tasty assortment that includes jalapeno poppers, nachos and beer. The theater also hosts fun themed nights that include Girlie Night for optimum chick flick viewing and Weird Wednesdays, showcasing films that are off the beaten path.
Address: 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Tampa, FL
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.