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. From silent theatre’s to luxury theater’s, below is a list of the best movie theaters LA has to offer.
6360 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
One of Los Angeles’ most popular movie theater’s, the Arclight in Hollywood has been serving denizens of this great city since 2002. Offering comfortable assigned seating, top-notch sound and a sharp picture, it is also known for its great snacks and beautiful setting. Programming here ranges from the latest releases, as well as indie films and some foreign ones as well. What makes this theater that much cooler than the rest? Well, for one, it’s right in the heart of Hollywood. But, more so than that, you can actually drink (yes, alcohol) in some of the theaters. In addition, it’s right next to the classic Cinerama Dome (the domed movie theater that opened in 1963) and offers fun displays like costumes and more.
Cinespia / Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Since 2002, Cinespia’s has been showing cult classic films at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery making it one of the best outdoor settings in which to see a movie anywhere in the world. In addition to showcasing the best cinema has to offer, they also feature DJ’s before the show, a place to picnic and other pre-show activities.
Bruin Theatre / Regency Theatre
948 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA
A large movie palace located in the heart of the Westwood Village, The Fox Bruin is known these days more for its fabulous movie premiere’s that seem to occur weekly. Operated by Regency Theatres, it’s a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (since 1988), and while it may be older that some, the history is what makes this theater great. Movie’s played here include mostly first-run flicks.
Pacific Theatres at the Grove
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
With 14 auditoriums playing first run flicks, The Grove offers stadium seating, and a ton of restaurants you dine at before you catch your film. If you don’t have time, the theater offers the typical candy, popcorn and soda’s though. With assigned seating and an always dependable assortment of movies to choose from, the theaters all have big screens, great sound and comfortable seating too.
American Cinematheque Los Angeles
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Playing classic films and contemporary independent films mostly, this small theatre on quaint Montana Ave. is a gem of Los Angeles. Run by The American Cinematheque, which is an independent, non-profit organization “dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the moving image in all its forms,” the Aero Theatre is a 1940 landmark and has been serving up movies like “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Man On The Moon” for decades.
Eat See Hear
La Cienega Park (Beverly Hills)
Paul Revere Middle School (Brentwood / Santa Monica)
Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
Santa Monica High School
Presenting various films at various locations each week, Eat See Hear shows cult classics like “Office Space,” “500 Days Of Summer,” “The Big Lebowski,” and others. What makes it great is like Cinespia, each film is shown outdoors as patrons sit out on the grass and picnic. In addition to the movie, an impressive list of food trucks stops by each week serving up some of the best LA has to offer.
10850 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
With an impressive selection of theater food, as well as restaurants outside the theater, the Landmark also offers a great wine bar. With twelve auditoriums, HD resolution screens, state of the art sound, stadium seating with high risers for optimum viewing, screening lounge seating with plush leather sofas and love seats, it tops our list for the amenities alone. For programming, the theater mostly plays the latest and greatest attractions.
10840 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Are you looking for a little bit of home when you’re watching the latest movie with your special someone or friends? If so, then iPic Theaters in Westwood is for you. Offering a truly luxurious movie and dining experience, iPic brings the movie-going experience to a whole new level, while making it an affordable luxury experience and is only the second iPic to open in Southern California (after Pasadena). The modern and stylish theater is similar to a luxury hotel with a cool, lounge vibe and is comprised of six-auditoriums and 424-seats. Guests have the choice between Premium and Premium Plus seating, both of which have large leather seats, though the Plus seats recline and come with blankets and pillows.
TCL Chinese Theatre
Hollywood & Highland Center
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
What better movie going experience could there be than seeing the latest flicks at the historic Hollywood theater? Playing first-run popular movies, it holds the single largest IMAX auditorium in the world and hosts the third largest commercial movie screen in North America.
TCL Chinese Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
The regal Nuart Theatre is Landmark Theatres flagship movie theater located just off the 405 freeway. But don’t be alarmed, you won’t hear the traffic when you’re watching some of the latest films released. Also showing a blend of foreign films, independent’s, classics and documentaries, the theatre is a pure gem.