It should come as no shock that Los Angeles has some great movie theatres. While most of the theatres are from the Golden Age of Hollywood there are still new theatres making their mark on the city. What makes the movie theatres unique are their design, history and special events. Here are the movie theatres in LA that are worth checking out.
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TCL Chinese Theatre
The famous Chinese theatre in Hollywood is the first to make the list. This theatre is one that thousands of visitors come to daily. Unfortunately, so many people just come to see the hand & footprints of the stars out front without ever stepping inside this historical theatre. Most people have no idea what they are missing out on. The main theatre is truly spectacular.
The IMAX theatre is the second larges screen in the world but what really sets this theatre apart is the history. Countless movie premieres have been held here over the years with big stars constantly walking through the doors. The lobby always has costumes and props on display and the decor is really outstanding. I have watched many movies at this theatre over the years and it never disappoints. If you join the free VIP program you can redeem a free IMAX ticket or 4 tour tickets for your birthday. You can find out more about that here.
Disney’s El Capitan Theatre
With the El Capitan Theatre Disney creates a magical experience for those of us who love movies and Disney. El Capitan is one of the grand movie palaces that was built in 1926 and is full of history. When I watched Frozen here it snowed during Let It Go. This theatre always add a special touch to every movie and that is what makes this theatre worth checking out. Goldstar almost always discounted tickets for El Capitan movies.
The Egyptian Theatre
The fate of the Egyptian Theatre is currently up in the air with Netflix recently buying the property. This is not the most beautiful theatre in LA by far but this spot is home to some great events throughout the year. The Egyptian is one of theatres used for the TCM Festival that takes place every year. It used to be owned by the American Cinematheque a company which would host several special screenings with talent throughout the year. My first time at the theatre was to see a screening of Cake that included a q&a with Jennifer Aniston.
Cinerama Dome at Arclight Hollywood
The Cinerama Theatre is now part of Arclight Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. The Dome opened up in 1963 as a way to show widescreen cinerama films. Throughout the year several premieres and special events are held here. As an icon in Hollywood the theatre shows up in both movies and television. Most recently, it was shown in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Theatre
The theatre that has the most beautiful lobby is the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown. This theatre was built in 1931 and truly feels like a movie palace. Like most of the original movie palaces it no longer shows movies on a regular basis. However, through events like Last Remaining Seats you can enjoy classic movies on screen here.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
What began as the United Artists Theatre has now become the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Opening in 1927 this theatre was used for United Artists motion pictures. Later it was turned into a church before becoming a movie theatre once again. After a restoration the theatre reopened in 2014 and has been home to some spectacular events and premieres ever since. My first time to the theatre was for a screening of Big Eyes that included a q&a with Amy Adams. This theatre also marks the spot where I met Nick Jonas, saw Emma Stone at a La La Land Screening and got paid to attend a screening of King Arthur via the Surkus app.
iPic is the newest of all the theatres on the list but it is here because it is a favorite among celebrities like Ashton Kutcher. This theatre is perhaps the most expensive one on the list but, your reclining seats come with a blanket and pillow. Plus, select tickets include unlimited popcorn. Luckily, I got to attend a special event here so I was able to get in for free.
Fox Regency and Bruin Theatres
Westwood Village has the Fox theatre and the Bruin theatre. Both theatres feel and look very old on the inside and are not very majestic at all. However, they are both filled with strong ties to Hollywood. These theatres are a popular place for movie premieres. Thanks to Citi Private Pass I got to attend the Battle of the Sexes premiere and after party! The Bruin theatre is where Margot Robbie goes to the movies in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.
The Million Dollar Theatre
The Million Dollar Theatre is another one of the movie palaces in Downtown. I recently came here to watch Hocus Pocus as part of Cinema Phantasmagoria. The theatre built in 1918 makes you feel like you have stepped back in time.