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Best Movie Theaters in Los Angeles

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Downtown Independent

Tucked away in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles, this ultra modern movie theater is known for showing indie films and hosting special events. The Downtown Independent, aside from being a movie theater, is an architecturally stunning venue with steel and glass sleek-shaped cube design that opened after a huge renovation in 2007. This space features just one theater with 250 comfortable seats. Beer is sold at the concession stand, making it far from a usual movie theater.

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IMAX Theater at California Science Center

This IMAX theater, located inside the California Science Center, allows guests to view some exciting films on one of the largest screens there are. The seven-story IMAX screen is the largest in all of Los Angeles. The IMAX experience is something you have to see for yourself. Group rates and reservations are available.

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CGV Cinemas LA

Located in the Korea Town area of Los Angeles, CGV Cinemas LA spotlights big box movies as well as burgeoning Asian films. The theater is spacious and modern with assigned seating. Asian movies are played with English subtitles, making these foreign flicks more accessible to the general public. The concession stand serves traditional Korean sweet popcorn that is delicious down to the last popped kernel. Movies are introduced by one of the attendants and parking is validated with proof of a movie ticket. All in all, a fun and unique movie-going experience for those in LA.

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Vista Theatre

This classic independent movie theater contains one single screen and normally shows more obscure films, but does however mix in the Hollywood blockbuster. The interior of the theater contains a very lavish Egyptian-style decor. For a more enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. Be it cinema or musical performance, one is in for some big-time entertainment for sure.

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Electric Dusk Drive-In

Electric Dusk Drive-In is LA's only drive-in movie theater. This retro Americana experience lets you drive into the outdoor movie theater, park close to the giant screen, then relax in your car and watch as the movie starts once the sun sets. If you don't want to stay in your car just grab a seat on the AstroTurf directly in front of the screen. If you're hungry head to their snack bar to buy a bag of popcorn. This unique movie theater is even pet-friendly.

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ArcLight Hollywood

Most people agree: going to the movies these days seems like a chore, with chattering rugrats, overpriced sodas and undercooked hotdogs. The ArcLight Cinema changes all that. The 14 screens, each boasting state-of-the-art projection and sound facilities, should be enough to draw in movie buffs. But ArcLight also features 21-and-over evening screenings, where you can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbuster or indie flick over a martini (shaken or stirred). Snacking options include gourmet appetizers and caramel popcorn. For film times, ticket prices and membership information, please call or see their website. In April, the annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles fills the screens.

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New Beverly Cinema

Los Angeles is the capital of the entertainment industry but there isn't a big audience to appreciate the treasures of the cinema's past. Thankfully, in addition to the museums and cultural organizations, there's still a commercial theater dedicated to screening classics and cult favorites. On this big screen, owned by Quentin Tarantino, you can see all the classics with other cinematic hits.

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Grauman's Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theater was opened in 1922 after King Tut's tomb was discovered in Egypt on November 26, 1922, and Egyptian fever was gripping the nation. Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, was the first film to show at the Egyptian. A year later, The Ten Commandments had its premiere there. It was eventually sold to American Cinematheque, who restored it to its original glory. Besides screening classic films, new independent films and documentaries, it also occasionally rents out the theater for special events, such as the premiere of The Prince of Egypt, which re-opened the theater.

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El Capitan Theatre

Originally built in 1926, this theater was completely renovated in 1991 by Pacific Theatres and The Walt Disney Company. It's now a premier movie palace that Disney uses to showcase its animated and children's features. Special features begin with a live stage show with a singing and dancing chorus of familiar Disney characters. Often short cartoons will precede the main show. Be sure to call or check the website for the movie and show times.

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TCL Chinese Theatre

Formally Grauman's Chinese Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre is known as one of the best landmarks in Hollywood. Many people visit this theater not to see first-run motion pictures, but to gaze at the famous hand and footprints on the ground outside. It's a quintessential Los Angeles tourist ritual and well worth the trip. The theater itself is one of the oldest and largest in town. The screen is massive and the sound is top-notch. Enter the Pagoda-like structure of this movie hall with dragons and lions welcoming you into the premises. Check out the exotic interiors and revel in the glory of days gone by. Moreover, a four-minute light and sound show projected onto the timeless facade of the theater offers a window into Hollywood's fascinating realm, taking onlookers on an exciting journey of the industry's most classic masterpieces. There is no charge to wander around the open-air patio "walk-of-fame" on the side-walk. Ticket prices vary depending on showtimes.

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Laemmle Royal

This independently owned Los Angeles chain of eight theaters is known for showing big block buster movies alongside award winning indie films and foreign flicks, making for a well-rounded entertainment experience. The Laemmle Royal location in the West Los Angeles neighborhood offers more than just your average movie-goer experience. Special discounts for premier card holders (just a quick sign-up) will get you free medium sized popcorn on Thursdays, seniors day on Wednesdays, and student prices on Sunday after 6p. Aside from the discounts, prices are incredibly affordable, including the concession stand, making movie night easier on the wallet!

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