The best movie theater deals are not when you get a good price on a night out at the cinema. Sure, you can stop in at a locale screen, sit on dirty seats and eat stale popcorn — if you like. But don’t you want an experience? Wouldn’t you want the night to be memorable? In that case, what you really need to do is watch a film at one of L.A.’s historic theaters. These are buildings built for the express purpose of showcasing great cinema. They’re not, however, constructed to move a lot of people in and out, like cattle, which is what the whole multiplex is for. Remember, Los Angeles has a long and colorful history with the movie world, and it also has some of the finest movie theaters.
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The El Capitan Theatre is so big that it also hosts the Jimmy Kimmel show on weeknights. However, as it’s owned by Disney, this theater also premiers many of that studio’s big releases. It’s especially cool for kids, as showings of kids movies may also include special live performances and movie memorabilia. But because so many of the more contemporary Disney films are so — how shall we say it, adult-friendly? — moms and dads will likely enjoy the experience just as much as the kiddos. It’s not just a movie night — it’s an event. Speaking of events, for your next party or gathering, El Capitan Theatre is a great place to host. They offer discount tickets to groups of 20 or more people, allowing you to pick the time and show you and your crew want to attend. It’s not just buying your way into a movie; this is a way to experience Disney magic with your family, your club or just 19 of your closest friends.
TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd,
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 461 3331
The TCL Chinese Theatre (originally “Grauman’s Chinese Theatre”), has a long history in Hollywood. Located in the heart of Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard, it also has an Asian design that makes it look like no other theater. Best of all, are the hand and footprints of famous movie stars on the patio out in front of the theater. Even inside you can see famous costumes worn by famous movie stars in films. When you see a movie there, it’s like sitting in on Hollywood history. You’ll already feel like Leonardo DiCaprio or Meryl Streep as you visit the lavish theatre, but for the full celebrity experience, you can sign up for their VIP program free for a limited time. Once you are signed on, you can start receiving fantastic rewards, including discount days (only $8 per ticket on Tuesdays), popcorn upgrades, free movie tickets and even invitations to exclusive events. Hurry and sign up while the free registration still stands! To register, visit the VIP page on their website.
6360 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464- 1478
ArcLight Hollywood is home to the famous Cinerama Dome, a unique structure built in 1963. The complex has been modernized since then. However, this unique structure has been home to movie premiers. It’s even been featured in movies. And let’s face it, with its big white dome structure, it simply doesn’t look like any other theater in the world, let alone Los Angeles. If you haven’t been there, you need to go. For movie buffs, ArcLight offers an irresistible membership deal. Sign up as a member on their website and get started as quickly as the next day for only $15 annually. Trust us, you will more than pay that back. As a member, you will receive discounts on online purchases and points to put towards sodas and concessions (50 points for one $50 item and 250 for a free ticket), and that’s just the beginning. You can ascend into the “silver” or “gold” circles after six or twelve visits, respectfully, where you will earn such deals as free birthday tickets, 10 percent off the cafe and bar, invitations to exclusive events and more. All that for a membership that costs as much as one ticket. What a deal!
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11272 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA, 90025
The Nuart Theatre is known for its exclusive engagements of indie films, foreign works and arthouse cinema. It also features midnight movies, including a regular Saturday showing of the ultimate midnight movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’s great because it has a longstanding reputation for showing great films – not just the most popular ones. The Nuart does regular promotional giveaways and sweepstakes, so it pays to keep your eye on the site for their next big offer. Right now, you can enter their X-Man Sweepstakes, offering a set of six X-Man and Wolverine Blu-Ray collection along with several other collectible items including a T-shirt, X-Men glasses and more.
Regency Theatres Norwalk
13917 Pioneer Blvd.
Norwalk, CA. 90650
Maybe you missed that blockbuster hit on its first go-around, but that’s what Regency Theatres Norwalk is here to remedy. This theatre shows second-run films going as far back as the classics like “Chicken Run” or the cult hit “Space Jam” while also offering some movies that recently left theatres, in case your first two showings weren’t enough. But even more exciting than reliving the theatre experience for some of your favorite movies is the prices they offer to do it. Matinee films here are just $2, while general admission is $3. Even 3D is only two bucks. You can’t beat that!
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