611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 655-2510; www.silentmovietheatre.com
For years this was the only silent movie theater left in America, and now it’s revamped and bringing friends and family closer together via cinema. The theater’s creators, John and Dorothy, are huge fans of the silent movie genre.
Also, don’t let the name fool you! The theater is anything but silent when there’s live music playing along with the films.
LANDMARK NUART THEATRE
11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
(310) 281-8223; www.landmarktheatres.com
Known for showing any film that’s not grossing megabucks at the box office but rather for screening more low-key ones, this theater features foreign and indie flicks and documentaries. It also hosts Q&A sessions from filmmakers on the regular.
Fans of 1970’s horror flick The Rocky Horror Picture Show should definitely check this theater out. It shows the popular film every Saturday at midnight.
THE BRIDGE: CINEMA DE LUX
6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles
(310) 568-3375; www.thebridgecinema.com
It’s very rare that a theater stands out like this one. This luxurious cinema, which can be seen while driving on the 405 freeway, will capture your attention for hours.
Located in a beautiful outdoor setting, the contemporary-designed building is equipped with state of the art technology and a modern stadium. Although the seating is assigned in the stadium, the leather seats enhance the moviegoer’s experience in every possible way.
10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
(310) 281-8233; www.landmarktheatres.com
Located in West Los Angeles, this mega movie theater is filled with delightful pleasures. Inside is a wine bar, a beautiful sky bridge and state-of-the-art auditoriums. But the best feature is the concession stand with more than 40 different treats.
THE MAJESTIC CREST
1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles
(310) 474-7866; www.westwoodcrest.com
This theater pays homage to the 1940s. It chooses to entertain its audiences with one giant screen to provide a spectacular viewing experience. And if one were to look up, they would see a view of shining stars!
6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
(323) 464-4226; www.arclightcinemas.com
Have you ever been in a rush to see a film and had to run to make it before the previews started? No need for any of that as long as there’s the ArcLight!
This is a theater many Hollywood celebs have come to know and love. What’s most fabulous about this notorious theater is that it takes reservations.
Also, it has a gift shop and a restaurant. Dinner and a movie all in one place! And let’s not leave out our alcohol lovers. This is one theater the 21 and over crowd might gravitate towards a little bit more than the others since it has a full bar.
6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
(323) 817-3456; www.cinespace.info
If you haven’t checked out this hip new spot yet, it’s about time! Cinespace not only screens films, but it’s a restaurant and a nightclub as well. Fans of DJ Aoki can catch him spinning on the ones and twos on some Tuesday nights.
MANN’S CHINESE THEATRE
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
(323) 464-8111; www.manntheatres.com
This is one of our most famous theaters to date and is a historical landmark to boot. Many tourists and even locals try to fit into their favorite celebrity hand and footprints. After a visit here, take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and check out some other hot spots like the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
948 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles
(310) 208-8998; www.manntheatres.com
The fact that this theater is set with one large screen, and surround sound can definitely enhance the average movie seeing experience.
PACIFIC VINELAND DRIVE-IN
443 N. Vineland Ave., City of Industry
(626) 961-9262; www.pacifictheatres.com
Though they’re like needles in a mighty haystack, drive-ins are still around! Accompanied by an arcade and cafeteria, Pacific Vineland Drive-In is one of the few that’s left in Southern California.
LAEMMLE’S SUNSET 5
8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
(323) 848-3500; www.laemmle.com
If you’ve ever heard rave reviews about films premiering at film festivals and you know they’ll only be in limited release once they hit theaters, don’t fret, because there’s a good chance that Laemmle’s Sunset 5 will show what you’re looking for. The popular cinema has filmmakers stop by for Q & A sessions as well.
PACIFIC THEATRES AT THE GROVE
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles
(323) 692-0829; www.thegrovela.com
Located in the center of an extravagant outdoor shopping center, this theater is a perfect place for date night, because after viewing a flick at the 14-screen complex with stadium seating, you and that special someone can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, like the Cheesecake Factory that’s just a few steps away.
MANN VILLAGE THEATRE
961 Broxton Ave., Westwood
(310) 208-5576; www.manntheatres.com
Just a couple blocks away from Mann Bruin Theatre is the Mann Village Theatre. What makes it outshine the others is its larger than life auditorium. Built in 1931, this lavish theater with amazing structural design is still holding ground and showcases red carpet movie events.
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
(323) 467-7674; disney.go.com/disneypictures/el_capitan
Disney’s El Capitan is one of the most famous theaters in existence. Located across from Mann’s Chinese, it’s reminiscent of the 1960’s movie theaters, when there was a ticket taker in a circular booth. El Capitan neighbors an old-fashioned diner created by Disney as well.
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
(323) 466-3456; www.egyptiantheatre.com
Originally opened in 1922 and refurbished in 1998, this historical theater is home to the American Cinematheque, a program dedicated to independent and foreign films.
LAEMMLE’S PLAYHOUSE 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 844-6500; www.laemmle.com
Like Laemmle’s Sunset 5, this theater too is home to independent, hard-to-find films.
4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles
(323) 660-6639; www.losfeliz.com/online/vista.htm
The 80-year-old, Egyptian-esque movie theater is without a doubt one-of-a-kind with décor relevant to the days of pharaohs.
FLAGSHIP THEATRES: UNIVERSITY VILLAGE 3
3323 S. Hoover St.
(213) 748-6321; www.flagshipmovies.com
Built in USC’s vicinity, college students flock to this theater in droves to see cult classic such as Swingers, Scarface and Exorcist.