There are dozens of movie theaters across LA but not all of them are worth the ticket price. There are a few gems out there, however, that offer not only a great movie viewing experience, but also an excellent atmosphere, splendid architecture and just plain awesome deals. Here is a list of 10 of the best such movie theaters you’ll find in LA. – Nicola A. Menzie
Old Town Music Hall
Showtimes: Friday @ 8:15 p.m., Saturday @ 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Sunday @ 2:30 p.m.
Music and movies from the good old days — that’s what the Old Town Music Hall offers those who want to enjoy the classics — and many from a time when stars didn’t need dialogue (they had faces!). Silent films accompanied by an organ (dubbed the Mighty Wurlitzer) in an authentic 1920s movie house — that’s what patrons can expect when they walk through the doors of the Old Town Music Hall, which has been open since 1968. As noted on its website, “every movie screening begins with songs on the Mighty Wurlitzer, a sing-a-long and a short comedy.” In addition to movies like “Citizen Cane” and “Love Before Breakfast,” Old Town also hosts live musical performances. – Nicola A. Menzie
The Majestic Crest
Cost: $10 – $13
This old time theater, which houses only one screen, is a favorite with visitors due to its authentic atmosphere and architecture and super-comfortable seats. It also has a concession stand but with modern prices. Although patrons can pay in advance and select seating online, ticket prices are $3 less if purchased in person at the box office.
Cost: $5.50 – $9.50
This art house theater seems to have it all — great seating, atmosphere, a friendly staff and nice prices. The Vista Theatre only has a single screen but expansive seating — so you won’t have anyone kicking the back of your seat or knocking you across the head with their elbows.
Cost: Tickets are usually $10, but may change depending on event
The Downtown Independent theater hosts a variety of indy film screenings and events, often holds Q&As after screenings and has a rooftop bar — what more could you ask for?
El Capitan Theatre
Cost: $10 – $16
Although this theater may be a great treat for kids and kids at heart, the place can get a little crowded at times, but depending on your mood and attitude that shouldn’t take away from the experience. This legendary 1,000-seat Walt Disney Company theater screens — what else — all your favorite Disney movies, hosts live stage shows and world premieres.
Cost: $9.50 – $15.50
The Landmark Theatre is surprisingly not like your average movie theater — the popcorn is actually good, the staff friendly and the seats and spacing comfortable. The prices are, unfortunately, average for this type of theater but being able to reserve your seat is a major bonus.
Cost: $7 – $11 depending on type of admission
Laemmle Playhouse 7 is appreciated for its nice selection of independent and foreign films and sometimes very cheap ($1) and tasty popcorn. The seats aren’t exactly a hit, but the viewing choices and low prices more than make up for that.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Cost: $8 – $12
The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a historic landmark, is located along Hollywood Boulevard. Its exterior is as becoming as its interior, and patrons may be tempted to tour the facilities before (or even instead of) watching a movie.
Regency Academy Cinemas
Cost: $2 – $8
Regency Academy Cinemas, sometimes referred to as Academy 6 Theaters, may be considered by some to be a little grimy, but you definitely won’t hear them grumbling about the ticket prices, which is what makes the sticky floors and the theater’s less-than-gleaming appearance easy to ignore. In addition to recently-released movies, Academy screens $8 midnight flicks on Saturdays as part of its Insomniac Cinema which features old school favorites like “The Warriors” and “Reservoir Dogs.”
Gold Class Cinemas
Cost: $22 – $29
Gold Class Cinemas — either you love it or you hate, but you do have to admit it is different. How many theaters offer reclining seats, table-side service and a blanket and pillow for your viewing comfort — all at the press of a button? If you’re looking for an experience and don’t mind paying for it, then you’ll probably be a big fan of Gold Class Cinemas.