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Best Movie Theaters In Los Angeles

August 25, 2010 11:49 AM

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The Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, California

The Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture)

theatre header Best Movie Theaters In Los Angeles

(credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture)

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

A scene from "Sunset Boulevard"

A scene from "Sunset Boulevard" (photo credit: YouTube)

Old Town Music Hall

140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 322-2592

Cost: $8
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 Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, California

The Majestic Crest Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, Calif. (photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The Majestic Crest

1262 Westwood Boulevard
Westwood, CA 90024
(310) 474-7866

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.

The Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, California

The Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture)

Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6639

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.

The Downtown Independent movie theater in Los Angeles

The Downtown Independent movie theater (photo credit: http://www.downtownindependent.com)

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1033

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?

The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Interior view of the El Capitan Theatre from 2002 (photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-7674

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.

Landmark Theares in Los Angeles, California

Landmark Theares (photo credit: http://www.landmarktheatres.com)

Landmark Theatres

10850 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 470-0492

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.

Laemmle Playhouse 7

Laemmle Playhouse 7 (photo credit: http://www.laemmle.com)

Laemmle Playhouse

673 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 844-6500

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 in Hollywood, California

Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2002 (photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464-6266

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 in Los Angeles, California

Regency Academy Cinemas (photo credit: http://www.regencymovies.com)

Regency Academy Cinemas

1003 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena , CA 91106
(626) 229-9400

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 in Los Angeles, California

Gold Class Cinemas (photo credit: http://goldclasscinemas.com)

Gold Class Cinemas

42 Miller Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 639-2260

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.

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