As summer temps heat up, cool down in one of these truly luxe movie theater experiences.
The coolest summer attraction is movies with an elevated experience. From plush seating to servers who can bring you your favorite cocktail with the push of a button, to full dinner service and a comfy blanket, check out these luxury movie theaters for so much more than a movie and popcorn.
NITEHAWK CINEMA | Brooklyn, NY
Love indie flicks but sick of sitting in run-down theaters to watch them? The Nitehawk Cinema takes the indie movie experience to the next level by offering comfortable seating and tableside food and drinks. The popular triplex has three movie theaters, one with 92 seats, one with 60 seats, and one with 34 seats for a more intimate feel. You’ll find rare 35mm films or new independent movies here, which is a fresh departure from the summer blockbuster scene at other theaters. Order from the brunch or dinner menu and choose what you like from standard fare like quesadillas and tater tots with queso, or branch out into something more refined, like a cheese and charcuterie plate.
CINEPOLIS | Multiple Locations
If you prefer to catch the latest blockbuster film but still want a unique theater experience, Cinépolis is for you. With multiple locations across the U.S., including California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas, Cinepolis aims to make luxury movie theaters available for everyone. Most locations offer fully reclining leather seats that allow you to really kick back and relax, and you can even reserve them online so you don’t have to wait in line.
Order drinks from the full-service bar with the push of a button on your side table and your server will deliver them right to you. Feeling hungry? You can also get in-theater dining like a classic cheeseburger, shareable nachos, or bento-style boxes.
Some locations also offer a special theater decked out just for kids with bean bags and play equipment, so parents can watch movies with their little ones without worrying about disturbing other moviegoers.
IPIC THEATERS | Multiple Locations
From decadent dining to cool cocktails and a trendy atmosphere, iPic is making a name for itself as the ultimate night out. States include Illinois, Texas, Maryland, New York, Florida, Arizona, California and Washington. Lounge back and relax while watching the latest blockbuster in wide, cushioned recliners and enjoy tableside service at any time during the movie. Choose from in-theater dining or have dinner at its adjacent restaurant. Some locations even have a recreational area to play a game of pool, or you can post up at the bar with some friends.
If you like the idea of getting your snacks before the movie starts, iPic’s Grab and Go counter is perfect. iPic offers free popcorn for members and gourmet treats from pretzels and sliders to the freshly made popcorn flavor of the day. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, opt for the lobster roll, shrimp tacos, or tandoori chicken skewers. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the red velvet cake.
For a truly luxe experience, upgrade to Premium Plus seating and you’ll enjoy posh perks like pillows, blankets and extra-cushioned leather seats.
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER | Oakland, CA
If you’re looking for a unique theater experience but don’t necessarily want to go the ultra-luxe route, the New Parkway Theater in Oakland might be right up your alley. This theater features two screening rooms unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Beanbags, couches, chairs, loveseats and wraparound sofas are scattered throughout the theater, offering homey seating options. Graffiti decorates the walls, and exposed ductwork completes the laidback feel.
Food at the New Parkway Theater leans traditional with theater basics like popcorn and candy, or diner-style fare like cheeseburgers, pizza, sandwiches and salads. On Wednesdays, patrons can pay anything they want for their movie tickets and 20-percent of the proceeds will be donated to a non-profit group serving the Oakland community.
Eclipse Theaters | Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas itself screams luxury, so it’s no surprise the city offers a top-of-the-line movie theater to rival all other movie theaters. Enjoy plush seating in any one of eight auditoriums at Eclipse Theaters, with enough space to lounge and relax without having to worry about sharing your armrest with a stranger. Order your food before the movie and enjoy it in the lounge or outdoor patio, or purchase a VIP Prime seat and have a server bring you whatever you like. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail list is the perfect complement to delicious and hearty dishes like greek pitas, chimichurri steak and fries, lobster grilled cheese, and flatbread pizzas.
When a special night out needs to be extra special and you want to take the old favorite of dinner-and-a-movie up a notch or two, consider visiting a luxury theater. Be warned though—you may never want a traditional movie theater experience again.