It’s time to go to the movies and enjoy all the latest new releases out now in theatres!
In a city as big and bountiful as Louisville, Kentucky, 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 overwhelming AF––what’s the difference between 1 theater and another? Is it worth the trek across town to go to a local movie theater with reclining seats versus the 1 around the corner? Do I want to ball out and get drinks served at my seat, or keep it chill at an indie 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 Louisville to help you make the most of your Derby City movie theater experience.
Grab some movie theater popcorn and get comfy as we dive into our Louisville, Kentucky movie theater guide!
Louisville Movie Theaters: Baxter Avenue Theatres Filmworks
Located in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, the Baxter Avenue Theatres Filmworks is one of the city’s most unique multiplexes. The theater includes 8 movie screen spaces with high-definition projection and Dolby Digital surround sound.
You can catch new releases, foreign films, and independent cinema. If you’re looking to watch older classics, head to the cinema’s “Midnights and the Baxter,” where you can see movies like Dune (1984), The Big Lebowski, or The Room. Baxter Avenue Theaters Filmworks also broadcasts live British theatre from the London Stage with National Theater Live and recorded performances of the Bolshoi Ballet.
Tickets are cheap with normal showtime prices ranging from $8 to $10. Tuesday comes with discounted prices, as tickets are only $5.75. Classic films are always $5 all day every day. Along with great ticket deals, the theater has renovated its space with new and improved recliners, self-serve ticket kiosks, a beer and wine bar, upgraded concessions, digital menus, and new restrooms.
One Google reviewer says it’s their go-to theater. “Clean, friendly, not sooooo big that you have a gazillion people to sit with,” the reviewer says. “Reclining seats, alcohol for those that want it, & a lot of cool movies you won’t find at the chains.”
Baxter Avenue Theaters Filmworks
1250 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
Louisville Movie Theaters: Cinemark Mall St. Matthews and XD
The Cinemark Mall St. Matthews and XD movie theater sits right in Louisville’s retail center, Mall St. Matthews. The theater is a part of the Cinemark chain, which leads as the third largest movie venue in the U.S.
You can get your shopping in while also catching all the new releases like Jungle Cruise and Black Widow with family or friends. Pick from an extensive catalog of snacks because Cinemark’s concession stand offers a variety of candy, sodas, alcohol, and delicious buttery popcorn. If you’re looking for more dine-in options, check out the mall’s restaurants that include Red Robin, Dave & Busters, The Cheesecake Factory, Thai Kitchen, King Gyros, and Charley’s Grilled Subs.
Customers rave about the cleanliness and comfortability of the theater, with one Google reviewer saying, “The theaters are very nice and clean, and management is respectful.”
While the mall itself closes around 8 pm, the movie theater offers showtimes from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Whether you’re an avid moviegoing or not, you can save money and earn rewards with
Cinemark’s MovieClub or MovieFan program. With the free MovieFan program, members earn 1 point for every $1 spent, access to advance screenings and tickets, and can redeem points for concessions and Cinemark merchandise. The MovieClub program costs about $10 a month, but with that price you receive 1 free ticket per month, 20% off all concessions, and waived online fees. How much better does it get?!
Cinemark Mall St. Matthews and XD
5000 Shelbyville Rd Suite D210
Louisville, KY 40207
Louisville Movie Theaters: Xscape Theatres Blankenbaker 16
Located at Sycamore Station Place, Xscape Theatres Blankenbaker 16 is the Louisville branch of the Xscape Theatres chain. The cinema chain uses 70-foot curved screens in their auditoriums to show new releases. Along with big movie screens, the theaters include 4K digital projection and electric leather recliners. According to their website, the theater “is focused on differentiating ourselves inside the auditoriums by providing the best in comfort, sight, and sound technology, allowing films to be presented as the filmmakers intended.”
Each Xscape Theatre, including Blankenbaker 16, has a concession stand with snacks like popcorn and candy as well ashot foods like pizza, chicken tenders, and mozzarella sticks. Host your own movie night with friends and family by renting 1 of Xscape’s screening rooms. Matinee private screenings range from $100 to $160, while evenings cost from $140 to $200.
Want to have special offers when you attend your showtime? Sign up for the Xscape Theatres loyalty program. With this free rewards program, you spend money to earn points and cool prizes like a free large popcorn or a free movie ticket.
One Google reviewer recalls their “nice experience” at the theater, saying, “It’s definitely the best theater that I’ve been to in Louisville!”
Xscape Theatres Blankenbaker 16
12450 Sycamore Station Place
Louisville, KY 40299
Louisville Movie Theaters: Sauerbeck Family Drive-In
Need a break from the city? Drive about 30 minutes out of Louisville to La Grange, Kentucky, to experience the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In. The drive-in theater is a perfect movie-going choice for all ages.
The drive-in shows double features back to back, with tickets costing about $11 per person. On retro Wednesdays, the theater screens older movies with tickets at $10. Doors open at 8:15 pm, with the first showing starting at 9:15 pm.
While visiting my sister in Louisville, we decided to head to the drive-in to catch Disney’s Jungle Cruise. The space had a large parking lot filled with families, teenagers, and couples. There was a large screen towards the front of the lot that showed both features. Behind us, we noticed a little shop where you could buy food, get drinks, and rent a radio for movie sound. The concession stand included movie theater staples like popcorn and candy while also offering pretzels, mozzarella sticks, and nachos.
While we had brought our own food, we decided to rent a radio to prevent our car from losing battery during the film. Radios were only $6 with a $75 deposit that would be removed once we brought the radio back.
It was so fun to see a movie while being surrounded by nature. Because we had nice weather, we could watch the movie in our car while looking out our window up at the stars. Although it was a 30 minute drive, the trip was so worth the experience.
Other moviegoers agree, with one Google reviewer saying it’s, “Definitely a great place to visit, especially with Covid going on — safe, fun, and family-friendly way to have an outing.”
Sauerbeck Family Drive-In
3210 D.W. Griffith Lane
La Grange, KY 40031
Louisville Movie Theaters: AMC Stonybrook 20
AMC Stonybrook 20 is one of Louisville’s own AMC Theatres located on Hurstbourne Parkway. While initially called Loews Stonybrook 10 in 1989, the movie theater was remodeled in 2006 to feature a restaurant and IMAX theater.
Like other AMC’s, this cinema offers IMAX and Real 3D for a better and more immersive theater-going experience. Catch all of the new releases in state-of-the-art rocking chairs.
Want to get snacks without dealing with waiting time? You can purchase your food and drink early online or on the AMC app. With Coca-Cola freestyle, pick from endless soda flavors to get the soda concoction of your dreams. Are you looking for more adult beverages? Head to MacGuffins Bar, which serves a large selection of alcohol, from cocktails to beer and wine.
Win Chance the Rapper merchandise by entering the “Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring World Sweepstakes.” To qualify, you have to sign up for the AMC Stubs program and buy tickets for the AMC-exclusive concert film Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring World.
The movie theater provides fun entertainment, with one Google reviewer saying they were able to have “an intimate setting for a fun family event” because the “staff were great!
AMC Stonybrook 20 continues to make the theater experience safe and clean with clear dedication on their site about their COVID protocols.
AMC Stonybrook 20
2745 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40220
Louisville Movie Theaters: Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD
With its opening in 1997, Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD brought stadium seating movie theaters to Louisville. Located on Towne Center Drive, this theater offers an unforgettable movie experience with luxury recliners and unreal surround sound. You can see all the newest movies with crystal clear projections and unlimited speakers.
Like other Cinemark movie theaters, Tinseltown USA offers a large snack selection, so you’ll never have to worry about feeling hungry during your movie. Customers can save money on snacks and tickets with the theater chain’s MovieClub and MovieFan program.
With a name like Tinseltown, you can’t expect anything less than flashy green decor parading the outside while shiny marquees frame the lobby. You’ll be transported right back to the Golden Age of movies the minute you see the prominent stars and bright pink wall. It makes the movie-going experience more fun.
While the outside of the theater may look retro, the inside prides itself on modern comfortability. Many reviewers praised the nice look of the screening rooms, making the experience more worthwhile. One Google reviewer says, “The theater was clean, and seat was comfortable. I’m happy.”
Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD
4400 Towne Center Drive
Louisville, Kentucky, 40241
Louisville Movie Theaters: Apex Village 8
Located in the heart of Saint Matthews, Apex Village 8 is known as Louisville’s only “discount house” that operates to a full schedule. This theater screens popular new releases, independent cinema, and foreign films.
Tickets for showings are surprisingly low, with evening shows costing $4, matinees at $3, and Louisville Exclusive Films at $5. You can watch any of the theater’s new releases without worrying about breaking your bank!
Apex Village 8 is committed to showing its appreciation and love for the movies in any aspect it can. The theater has hosted special events, including the Jewish Film Festival, Asian Film Series, Louisville LGBT Film Festival, Manhattan Short Film Festival, and the International 48 Hour Film Festival.
Fans of this theater praise the inexpensive cost and amazing experience, with 1 Google reviewer saying it’s “a wonderful alternative to the overpriced and mainstream theaters.”
Apex Village 8
4014 Dutchmans Lane #16
Louisville, KY 40207
Louisville Movie Theaters: Preston Crossing 16
Sitting pretty on Preston Crossing Boulevard, Preston Crossing 16 is another one of Cinemark’s many Louisville theaters. The theater initially made its grand opening in 2004 by theater company National Amusements. In 2013, Cinemark took over the theater, establishing large screens and an immersive cinema experience.
Like any other Cinemark theater, Preston Crossing 16 specializes in screening new releases with recliners, clear projections, and loud surround sound. Ticket prices are comparable to other Cinemark’s around the area, with showtimes costing about $13 per adult.
The snack choices are endless, from bubbly sodas, rich chocolate, cheesy pizza, or salted buttered popcorn. You can also dine-in restaurant-style at the Preston Crossing 16.
Head to the movies for your own screening with Preston Crossing 16’s theater rentals. Pay $149 to have up to 20 guests for your choice of a new release screening. Most private screenings are booked in the late afternoon or evening.
Customers love visiting this theater to watch a new movie. One Google reviewer praises the space, saying it’s a “dreat place, clean, offer recline seats, and they even serve wine!”
Preston Crossing 16
9700 Preston Crossing Blvd
Louisville, KY 40229
Louisville Movie Theaters: Keystone Cinemas
Keystone Cinemas is another destination for seeing a movie out of town. Located about 50 minutes away in Bardstown, this movie theater is a part of a larger chain of Keystone Cinema theaters.
The cinema screens all of the popular new releases for around $9 per ticket. Give someone special the chance to see a movie for free with a Keystone Cinemas’ gift card. These cards can be used for concessions or towards a movie ticket.
You can also earn special rewards if you join the Keystone Cinemas Loyalty Program. Sign up online or in-person, and for each dollar you spend, you can earn points towards snacks or movie tickets.
One customer loves coming to a comfortable and local theater like Keystone Cinemas. The Google reviewer says, “The prices are even more amazing. I come from a place where for just 1 person, it’s like 40 dollars to see a movie; that’s including concessions. So glad for the Cinemas to be back open, and to support the local small theatres!”
2725 East John Rowan Boulevard
Bardstown, KY 40004
Louisville Movie Theaters: Crowne Pointe Theatre
Located in Elizabethtown (remember the Kirsten Dunst/Orlando Bloom movie?), Crowne Pointe Theatre is a multiplex cinema that screens all-new movie releases. The theater offers cutting-edge technology, self-serve ticketing and concessions, recliner seats, and clear projections with 9 screens. Each screening room has between 61 to 104 seats, with 1 theater hosting 221 seats.
While the theater has state-of-the-art technology in its lobbies, it’s also the first cinema in Kentucky to use laser projection with its Christie 4k Laser Projector. Movie-goers can also catch a film in 3D in 2 of the 9 theaters.
Catch a movie on “Bargain Tuesday” with tickets that cost only $5.75. During prime movie showtimes in the evening, tickets cost $9.50.
The Crowne Pointe Theater holds special events for charity where organizations hold screening parties of classic movies. This summer, 3 different charities showed movies like Back to the Future, Patton, and Jumanji. The proceeds go to different non-profit charities in the area.
One Google reviewer says, “OBSESSED with this place! Good prices for a theater & really nice seating. I love how people can select which seats they want when buying tickets
Crowne Pointe Theater
2908 Dolphin Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
We hope this rundown of some of our favorite Louisville movie theaters inspires you to go out and see all of the latest new movies out now in theaters.
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