Sacramento Movie Theaters: A Complete Guide

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Stephen Leonardi

It’s time to go to the movies and enjoy all the latest new movie releases out now in theatres!

In a city as big and bountiful as Sacramento, California, 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 1 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 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 Sacramento to help you make the most of your NorCal movie theater experience.

Grab some movie theater popcorn and get comfy as we dive into our Sacramento movie theater guide!

Not in Sacramento? Check out all of our other local movie theater guides here. Want one for your city? Let us know on Twitter.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Crest Theatre 

Located a few blocks away from the State Capital downtown, the Crest Theatre is a historical landmark for the people of Sacramento. The movie theater opened in 1912, operating 1st as a vaudeville performance space. During the ‘50s and ‘60s, the cinema was a popular attraction where audiences could see new films.


 
 
 
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The Crest Theatre still has its art deco from the past while screening classic 35 mm films, iconic oldies, ‘00s favorites, independent movies, and foreign films. Simultaneously, the theater holds different community events and concerts. Have a special event in mind? The Crest lets you book for a variety of occasions, including film screenings, private parties, dance shows and competitions, musicals, presentations, or even weddings!


 
 
 
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If you’re looking for something other than the typical movie snack, head downstairs towards the  basement to Empress Tavern. While the basement was initially screening rooms, the theater closed them down due to capacity and converted them into a tavern.  Working as a full-service restaurant, the tavern serves rotisserie meals, meats, local produce, and alcohol.


 
 
 
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One Google reviewer says, “What a beautiful theater. Step back in time. Lovely. Its vintage charm will win your heart. We had a lovely time.”

Crest Theatre 

1013 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

View Crest Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Esquire IMAX Theatre

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located on K street in downtown Sacramento. You can watch some of the latest films on a movie screen that offers an immersive experience for every audience member. The cinema partners with IMAX, meaning that every image and sound is enhanced. Right now, catch Black Widow or upcoming releases like Snake Eyes and The Suicide Squad.


 
 
 
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The Esquire IMAX Theatre offers delectable movie snacks from their large concession stand. One Google reviewer praises the popcorn, saying it filled their craving after they “had been thinking about it for all of lockdown.”


 
 
 
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Earn special perks when you sign up for the IMAX Director’s Club program. It’s membership where you can earn points towards free admission and popcorn, special member ticket pricing, 20% off all concessions, and Early Bird notifications for select films. The best part? Registration is totally free and easy. What more could you ask for?!

Esquire IMAX Theatre

1211 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

View Esquire IMAX Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In

West Wind 6 Drive-In is one of the oldest and largest operating drive-in theatre chains in the world. Located in the La Riviera, the West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In opened in 1952. It offers the retro experience of the drive-in days with the latest technology for movie screening. You’ll get a blast from the past while also getting your money’s worth.


 
 
 
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Watch new blockbusters on a crystal-clear digital projector with enhanced sound from the comfort of your car radio. Before the film, set your eyes on the snack bars filled with popcorn, candy, hotdogs, and soda. With your kids and need a moving break between double features? The drive-in has playgrounds and arcades, so you’ll never be bored.


 
 
 
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Tickets are only around $9 for adults and $2 for children 5 to 11 years old. Movie showtimes are mostly at night with an occasional fun midnight premiere. The theater also holds concerts where local and national bands perform for live audiences.

One Google reviewer says it’s “the only Drive-In Theater open 7 days a week in Northern California. This place is nothing short of a national treasure.”


 
 
 
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The drive-in is perfect for a date night with your honey or a fun outing with the kids. However you decide to spend your time at the movies, the West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In will give you the film experience of your dreams.

West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In

9616 Oates Drive

Sacramento, CA 95827

View West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Century DOCO and XD

The Century DOCO and XD movie theater sits right in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Commons. A part of the Cinemark movie chain, the Century DOCO and XD is home to 9 screens that show all the newest film releases.


 
 
 
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Lie back in stadium-style seats while snacking on popcorn, candy, soda, or hot food options. If you need to host a private event, the theater lets you rent out spaces. Have a work meeting, private watch party, or school event in the comfort of a movie theater. If you join the Cinemark Movie Fan Program, you can earn points for discounts on movies and free tickets.


 
 
 
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With Century’s XD, sit in the wonder of an extreme digital cinema with bigger screens, higher resolution, and better sound quality. Why not try it out today?

Multiple customers love the seating, with one Google reviewer saying that they “almost fell asleep watching a good movie.”

Century DOCO and XD

1015 4th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

View Century DOCO and XD movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Tower Theatre by Angelika 

Located in the Broadway District, the Tower Theatre is Sacramento’s oldest movie theater, running since 1938. While the theater divided its single-screen auditorium into 3 smaller ones, the exterior of the building still has its retro flair with working colored neon lights on its marquee.

The cinema screens new and old independent and foreign films while also showing local filmmaker premieres. Tower Theatre premiered Colin Hanks’s All Things Must Pass in 2015 and Greta Gerwig’s  Lady Bird in 2017.


 
 
 
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Choose from their vast menu of hot food like pizza, snacks like popcorn and candy, and craft beer and wine. If you’re a student, bring your I.D., and you can get discounted prices on movie tickets! Gift someone the joy of screening at the Tower Theatre with Angelika gift cards. These can be purchased for graduations, thank-yous, father’s day, birthdays, and more!


 
 
 
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One Google reviewer says, “Great service, and they show you movies you can’t really watch anywhere else.”

The Tower Theatre also has curated its own streaming platform called Angelika Anywhere. It’s not a paid subscription but rather a pay by film service. Want to see a new release but can’t get to the movie theater on time? Angelika Anywhere lets you stream wherever you are. As long as you have an electronic device, you’re good to go!


 
 
 
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Right now, you can catch a screening of Bo Burnham: Inside and The Room as a part of their signature programming.

Tower Theatre

2508 Land Park Drive

Sacramento, CA 95818

View Tower Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Palladio Luxe Cinema 

In Sunnyside Folsom, Sacramento, experience the moviegoing magic at the Palladio Luxe Cinema. The theatre is an addition to Sacramento’s Palladio 16 Cinema, established in 2016. With 6 screens, audiences can decide to watch new releases or art house films.


 
 
 
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At 5 p.m., admission is limited to adults 21 and over, where you can access their full bar, cocktail lounge, and patio. And if you’re not 21? No worries! You can always go to showings before 5 p.m. where you can purchase food and non-alcoholic drinks from the cinema’s full menu.


 
 
 
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When heading to the movies, you deserve the best, first-rate service there is to offer, and the Palladio Luxe Cinema makes sure you get it. People rave about their time at the theater, with one Google reviewer saying, “Best luxury theatre experience ever.  Waiter service to your seat. What more can you ask for.”

Palladio Luxe Cinema 

400 Palladio Pkwy

Folsom, CA 95630

View Palladio Luxe Cinema movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Regal Delta Shores & IMAX

Located in the Delta Shores retail development, the Regal Delta Shores & IMAX movie theater projects the newest releases in their multiple screening rooms. Like any Regal Cinemas movie chain, the theater is home to plush recliner seating. Sit back in the comfort of a bed-like chair.


 
 
 
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The cinema also collaborates with IMAX to help you escape to a new world with eye-catching visuals and surround sound. Head over to their concession stand where they offer an extensive menu of popular movie snack food.


 
 
 
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Amidst COVID, movie theaters are doing everything they can to keep their patrons safe. With CinamaSafe, Regal Cinemas use “programming protocols and guidelines supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to movie theatres.” At Regal Delta Shores & IMAX, they take safety precautions very seriously. One Google reviewer noticed it was a contactless check-in. “The employees we’re all wearing masks,” they said. “Hardly anyone in the theater. Everyone was spread out.


 
 
 
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Regal Delta Shores & IMAX

8136 Delta Shores Circle S

Sacramento, CA 95832

View Regal Delta Shores & IMAX movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Country Club Cinema

Located in the Country Club Plaza, the Country Club Cinema opened its doors in 2019. The theater is home to luxury recliners and incredible Dolby Atmos sound systems. The cinema is a part of the movie theater franchise called Cinema West. Catch all the new releases and more without the worry of showtimes selling out.

To get a bite to eat, head over to the concessions stand, dine-in at the lounge area, or head to their full bar. The options are endless. Tickets are comparable to other movie theaters, with prices at around $11 for adults.


 
 
 
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The Country Club Cinema has new and improved elements to enhance movie watching. One Google reviewer says the theater has a “great sound system, an automated ticket box,” and “tons of parking.”

While the theater closed its doors in 2020 due to the pandemic, it announced its reopening on April 23, 2021. Now all movie fans can have their chance back at the movie theaters again!


 
 
 
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Country Club Cinema

2405 Butano Drive

Sacramento, CA 95825

View Country Club Cinema movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Regal UA Laguna Village

The Regal UA Laguna Village is a part of the movie theater chain Regal Cinemas and operates in the Laguna Village shopping mall in Sacramento. Both this theater and the chain are dedicated to bringing an immersive experience when watching a film. Open 7 days a week, this theater prides itself on being the best movie-going experience for audiences of all ages.


 
 
 
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One Google reviewer says the theater has “easy access, plenty of parking, great selection of movies and of course plenty of room to spread out in the theater to recline and enjoy the show.”

What’s great about Regal is that they offer endless programs for avid movie fans. If you choose the Regal Crown Club, you’ll be able to earn credits with every dollar you spend for tickets, food, and drinks. If you’re even more dedicated to the theater, check out Regal Unlimited, where you pay up to $23.50 a month for a movie subscription. Through the program, you receive 10% off of food and drink, endless movie screenings, and priority for new releases.


 
 
 
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Regal UA Laguna Village

8755 Center Pkwy Drive

Sacramento, CA 95823 

View Regal UA Laguna Village movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Sacramento Movie Theaters: Century Arden 14 and XD

Opened in 2016, the Century Arden 14 and XD sits on Ethan Way in Sacramento. The Cinemark company has redesigned every theater, including the Century Arden, into an enjoyable, unforgettable movie experience.


 
 
 
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The cinema includes an oversized, wall-to-wall, and ceiling-to-floor screen, plush seating, a custom sound system with clear digital sound, and the brightest digital images delivered by digital projectors. Catch all the current movie releases in this sensory-filled space. With modern technology and updated remodeling, Century Arden will give you that trip to the movies you’ve been looking for.


 
 
 
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Buy movie snacks with the click of a button with Cinemark’s contactless “Snacks in a tap.” When ordering your movie tickets online or on mobile, click “add concessions” to your order. Then, when you arrive at the theater, you can pick it up on the counter or have it delivered to your seat. How easy is that?!


 
 
 
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For a new release like Black Widow, the Century Arden 14 and XD is the place to be. One Google reviewer saw the film there and said, “It was awesome! Great depth! The theater was nice, seating was comfy.”

Century Arden 14 and XD

1590 Ethan Way

Sacramento, CA 95825

View Century Arden 14 and XD movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

We hope this rundown of some of our favorite Sacramento movie theaters inspires you to go out and see all of the latest new movies out now in theaters.

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