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Atlanta Movie Theaters: A Complete Guide

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 Atlanta, 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 one theater and another? Is it worth the trek to go to downtown Atlanta for 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 Atlanta to help you make the most of your Atlanta movie theater experience.

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


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Atlanta Movie Theaters: AMC Phipps Plaza 14

AMC Phipps Plaza 14 is regarded as one of the most popular multiplexes in the Atlanta area. It opened in 1992 and was initially called the Phipps Plaza Theater until AMC took it over in 1944. Located in the Phipps Plaza mall, the theater shows new Hollywood films on big movie screens with a Dolby six-track stereo surround sound. This theater also screens ‘artisan’ films in part of the “AMC Artisan Films” program.

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Like other AMC Theatres, AMC Phipps Plaza 14 includes screening rooms with spacious rocking seats and luxury recliners along with a specialty bar and an extensive food and drink menu. If you’d like a screening room for you and your friends and family, AMC lets you rent private theaters for large groups.

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With the theater’s comfortable seats, good food, and kind staff, one Google reviewer says AMC Phipps Plaza 14 is a “great place to watch a movie, especially after COVID-19.” You’ll have to check it out for yourself to see.

AMC Phipps Plaza 14

3500 Peachtree Rd NE

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Atlanta, GA 30326

Atlanta Movie Theaters: Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema

Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema is located in Atlanta’s Midtown Center on Monroe Drive. Operating in the heart of Atlanta since 2003, this theater screens a variety of commercial, independent, foreign language, and documentary films. 

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The theater prides itself on its extravagant concession stand, including gourmet candies, baked sweets, and a coffee bar. If you want an alcoholic beverage, swing by the theater’s Midtown Art Bar, which runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema has a courtyard that’s home to two delicious restaurants. You can hang out with friends or grab a bite to eat right outside the theater before heading in for your movie.

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Multiple reviewers expressed their joyful experiences when finding Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. One reviewer on Google said, “This is my favorite Atlanta theater. It’s almost a secret. Classic theater seating. Great sounds. They serve alcohol and have sliders. It’s an awesome little place.”

Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema

931 Monroe Drive NE

Atlanta, GA 30308

Atlanta Movie Theaters: Regal Tara Cinema

Located in Cheshire Square, Regal Tara Cinema is one of the only theaters in Atlanta that strives to showcase indie films. The theater opened in 1968 by Loews Cineplex Entertainment, and its first screening was the 70mm version of the 1939 historical romance film Gone with the Wind. Initially, the theater operated with one single screen that seated 1,200. Regal Entertainment Group took over the Tara Theater in 2002 and remodeled the space with art deco and hanging portraits of classic Hollywood stars.

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Now, the theater also screens popular new releases while providing guests with stadium-style seating and a snack bar. With a variety of movie options, you can experience a film in digital, 2D, 3D, IMAX, or 4DX. Although the Regal Tara Cinema has been updated since 1968, one Google reviewer says that it “will forever stay in my heart as one of the last remaining art house theaters in Atlanta. It showcases fantastic indie films, and the staff treats you next to kin.” 

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