It’s time to go to the movies and enjoy all the latest new movie releases out now in theaters!
In a city as big and bountiful as Albuquerque, New Mexico, there are so many local movie theaters near you to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Just searching “movie theaters near me” is pretty overwhelming––what’s the difference between one theater and another? Is it worth the drive across town to a local movie theater with reclining seats versus the one around the corner? Do I want to ball out and get drinks served at my seat or keep it chill at an independent movie theater with drinks and unique food offerings?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help make your decision easier. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 of our favorite local movie theaters in Albuquerque to help you make the most of your Albuquerque movie theater experience.
Grab some movie theater popcorn and get comfy as we dive into our Albuquerque movie theater guide!
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Icon Cinema
Located in Albuquerque’s Cañada Village, Icon Cinema is a luxury theatre. It has an Iconic Mega Screen, which is a state-of-the-art large-format screen with 4K 7.1 surround sound, and seats that power recline and have an adjustable headrest. Guests have shared that the seats are very comfortable and make for an enjoyable movie theater experience.
One thing very special about Icon Cinema is that it offers guests bottomless popcorn and all-you-can-drink Coca-Cola products! The theater shows all the latest movie releases and has a Tuesday special, where movie-goers pay only $6 to attend any movie at any time on Tuesdays. Reviewers noted that the theater is very clean and the employees are helpful and efficient.
One reviewer on Google wrote, “Always great coming here! Favorite movie theatre in town. Always clean, unlimited popcorn and drinks, good staff, fun vibes, I always recommend this movie theatre.” This is even the theater where Ludacris chose to watch his film F9: The Fast Saga!
13120-A Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque
The Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque is a Cinemark theater that has stadium seating that can be reserved upon purchasing your ticket. Tickets at the Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque are reasonably priced, costing about $9.50 for a weekend showing.
The Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque sells typical movie theater snacks with the addition of some other offerings like coffee, hot dogs, and ice cream. The theater has an arcade where kids (and adults!) can play games before or after their movie. One reviewer on Google wrote, “I love coming here ‘cause it’s never packed and it’s right downtown.”
Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque
100 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Regal Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX
The Regal Winrock Stadium 16 offers movies in IMAX and RPX for an enhanced viewing experience. IMAX is an immersive technology that has precise audio and high-quality imaging, giving guests a superior movie-going experience. According to Regal, “RPX presents movies the way filmmakers intended” on immersive screens with high-quality sound and projections.
The Regal Winrock Stadium 16 has ticket kiosks where guests can choose their movie time and reserve their seats, and the concession stand offers typical movie theater fare. Reviewers say that the seats in the auditoriums are comfortable and are complimentary of their experience with employees. One reviewer on Google wrote, “My favorite theater in town. Huge screens. Good sound. Great popcorn.”
Regal Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX
2100 Louisiana Blvd NE, Bld 400
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Premiere Cinema 14 – Rio Rancho
The Premiere Cinema 14 – Rio Rancho is located less than 20 miles outside of Albuquerque. This theater offers guests immersive movie experiences like 3D and D-BOX seats. With D-BOX, guests can purchase tickets to sit in a box where their seats move along with the action of the film.
The Premiere Cinema 14 – Rio Rancho has stadium seating and offers typical concessions like popcorn, drinks, and nachos with cheese. The theater even holds events and programs like the Summer Kid Fest, where a different children’s movie will be screening every week throughout the summer. The Premiere Cinema 14 – Rio Rancho sometimes even screen Netflix films!
One reviewer on Google wrote, “Great theater, comfortable seating, and good employees… The theaters are always clean and well-kept. Great popcorn!”
Premiere Cinema- Rio Rancho
1000 Premiere Parkway
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Starlight Cinemas 8
Starlight Cinemas 8 is located about 25 miles outside of Albuquerque in Los Lunas. The theater is run by Mitchell Theatres whose mission is “to provide a big city movie theatre experience with small-town service and prices.” The theater has high-back stadium seating, along with 7.1 digital surround sound, fully digital projection, and 3D.
The pricing at Starlight Cinemas 8 is very reasonable, with matinee tickets costing only $5.75 and evening tickets $7.75. The concession stand offers typical movie theater fare with the addition of hot options like nachos, pretzels, and hot dogs. The theater also allows refills on extra-large popcorn and soft drinks. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so guests can choose where they sit upon arriving!
One reviewer on Google wrote, “Setting is comfortable, the theaters are clean, and the sound is excellent. Snack bar prices are also not too bad and the popcorn is some of the best I’ve had at any movie theater.”
Starlight Cinemas 8
2226 Sun Ranch Village Loop
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: AMC Classic Albuquerque 12
The AMC Classic Alburquerque 12 has IMAX and RealD 3D, creating an enhanced movie-going experience for guests. This theater has rocking stadium seating and digital projections in all of its auditoriums.
The AMC Classic Alburquerque 12 sells typical movie theater snacks and Coca-Cola Freestyle soft drinks, as well as hot options and an elevated menu featuring loaded hot dogs and stone-fired flatbread pizzas. Guests can order food ahead of time on the AMC Theatres app. Also, AMC Stubs members can see movies at reduced pricing on Discount Tuesdays!
Reviewers say that this theater has a friendly staff and great service. One reviewer on Google wrote, “Really nice theater, clean, and IMAX was awesome. Friendly staff and also not too crowded at all.”
AMC Classic Alberquerque 12
3810 Las Estancias Way
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Guild Cinema
Located in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill district, Guild Cinema is a locally owned and operated movie theater that shows independent and foreign films as well as documentaries. This movie theater supports the community by sharing its members’ art and showcasing films by local, independent filmmakers. The theater has been operating since 1966.
Every year, Guild Cinema hosts its Festival of Film Noir, where it shows films from the 1940s–1980s. Movie tickets here are reasonably priced, with general admission costing $8. Reviewers describe this theater as “small and cozy.” One reviewer on Google wrote, “Albuquerque is lucky to have such a cool local/indie theater like this. Love this place and every movie I’ve seen here.”
3405 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Balloon Fiesta Park Drive-In
The Balloon Fiesta Park Drive-In is located in the park where Albuquerque holds its annual International Balloon Fiesta. The drive-in has two screens and shows new releases as well as some older favorites. Guests pay admission per car and up to seven people are allowed in each vehicle.
Guests can bring grills and outside food and drinks to tailgate at the Balloon Fiesta Park Drive-In. The drive-in sometimes has food trucks and will soon sell alcoholic beverages. Guests can even order DoorDash to their vehicles! No pets are allowed on site. Movies are typically shown rain or shine, and guests can tune in from their car radio.
One reviewer on Google wrote, “It was such a great experience for my family and I. The workers are awesome! Love the organization and structure.”
Balloon Fiesta Park Drive-In
9601 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Century Rio 24 Plex and XD
The Century Rio 24 Plex and XD is a Cinemark theater that offers movies in XD with a wall-to-wall screen, a state-of-the-art projector that’s capable of 35 trillion colors, and a custom surround sound system with more speakers than a standard theater.
The Century Rio 24 Plex and XD has comfortable Luxury Loungers with power reclining. The theater offers typical concessions with some special options like kettle popcorn. There is an arcade in the lobby where you can pass the time while waiting for your movie.
One reviewer on Google wrote, “The theater was comfortable and very clean.
The staff at this theater are very polite and helpful.” Another said, “Very comfortable reclining chairs! Very clean theater. Excellent audio and surround sound which makes the movie experience that much more enjoyable.”
Century Rio 24 Plex and XD
4901 Pan American Fwy
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Albuquerque Movie Theaters: Regal UA High Ridge
The Regal UA High Ridge screens movies both in 2D and 3D. The theater is fitted with comfortable rocking seats. It is located right near the Hinkle Family Fun Center, making it the perfect spot for a date night or family/friend hangout!
While this theater shows the latest releases, it also shows independent films and documentaries that other theaters may not have. The Regal UA High Ridge has a large concession stand with typical offerings like popcorn, candy, and soft drinks.
One reviewer on Google wrote, “Always spotless and staff are great. Facilities are a bit dated compared to newer theatres in town, but this Regal has the best variety of films in the city.”
Regal UA High Ridge
12921 Indian School Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
We hope this rundown of some of our favorite Albuquerque movie theaters inspires you to go out and see all of the latest new movies out now in theaters.
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