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Birmingham 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 Birmingham, AL, 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 across town to go to one 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? With dozens of movie theaters within the Birmingham area, it’s no wonder you don’t know where to start!

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 Birmingham to help you make the most of your movie theater experience.

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


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Birmingham Movie Theaters: AMC Summit 16

The AMC Summit 16 is located right in the Summit Birmingham shopping mall and provides a perfect opportunity to relax and catch a movie after a long day of shopping. AMC is one of the most popular movie theater chains in the country for a reason, and they don’t miss here — this theater boasts a RealD 3D theater and has 10 screens total.

The theater’s marquee gives off an incredibly classic vibe. There’s something refreshing about a movie theater calling itself a cinema, no? This AMC rocks some crazy carpeting and throwback red fabric seats. In the era of leather reclining chairs in the movie theater, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a more typical movie theater experience.

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Multiple Google reviewers complimented AMC Summit 16’s popcorn and noted that the staff followed COVID-19 protocols incredibly well over the last year.

AMC Summit 16

321 Summit Blvd

Birmingham, AL 35243

You can view showtimes at AMC Summit 16 and purchase movie tickets here.

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Birmingham Movie Theaters: Grand River Drive-In

Nothing — absolutely nothing — says summer like catching a movie at the drive-in. There are reportedly about 325 drive-in movie theaters in the United States, and the Grand River Drive-In is a perfect option if you’re dying to see a movie outside in the Birmingham area.

This location boasts a snack shack (classic), as well as an off-leash dog park, a playground, a miniature golf course, and yard games. With tickets for adults only $8, it doesn’t seem like you can beat this location. One Google reviewer visited recently and complimented recent changes, calling them “transformative for the property and customer.”

“The addition of Saw’s and Neighbors as well as the on-site brew-pub make the old ‘dinner and a movie’ routine a bit more fun. Surprisingly, the drinks are not super movie-theater expensive,” Luan Bradshaw wrote. “The choice of 4 double features means nearly anyone can find entertainment for a reasonable price. Big screens, ample parking, and sound limited only by your car’s audio features, round out a pleasant movie-going experience.”

Grand River Drive-In

1453 Grand River Pkwy N

Leeds, AL 35094

You can view showtimes and purchase a ticket to Grand River Drive-In here.

Birmingham Movie Theaters: Birmingham Premiere LUX Ciné

IMAX and D-BOX lovers, this one’s for you. This theater boasts one of the most unique movie theater experiences around: D-BOX seating technology, which enables each audience member to control how much their seat moves (!!) to match the intensity of what’s happening on screen. Imagine seeing your favorite action movie here!

Quite frankly, this theater looks incredible. It boasts a modern design, along with an arcade and a lavish refreshment area, including a pizza bar! It’s all in the name, but if you’re looking for a luxury movie theater experience in Birmingham… look no further. Just remember to save us a seat!

Birmingham Premiere LUX Ciné GSX & Pizza Pub

501 Lakeshore Pkwy

Birmingham, AL 35209

You can view showtimes and purchase a ticket to the Birmingham Premiere LUX Ciné GSX & Pizza Pub here.

Birmingham Movie Theaters: Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

Let’s hear it for the independent cinemas! Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema is located in the Residences at The Pizitz apartment complex and gives cinephiles in Birmingham the opportunity to catch some off-the-beaten-path films, as well as the latest popular blockbusters. The theater has a slick, modern interior design and some nice touches for cinema fans, like an entire bathroom that serves as a tribute to The Shining… if you’re brave enough to set foot in it, of course.

In addition, the organization hosts the Sidewalk Film Festival, which expects to return for its 23rd consecutive year from August 23-29, 2021. This year’s festival will highlight Alabama-based documentary Socks On Fire, directed by up-and-comer Bo McGuire, as its first official selection.

A number of Google reviewers said the Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema is the best place in Birmingham to see a movie, and one reviewer even said “this place reignited my love for film.”

Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

1821 2nd Ave N

Birmingham, AL 35203

You can see showtimes, purchase tickets, and learn more about the Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema and its film festivals here.

Birmingham Movie Theaters: McWane Center IMAX Dome Theater

If you still feel a burning desire to have your socks knocked off after catching a film at the Sidewalk, you don’t have to travel very far: the McWane Science Center located just across the street hosts a five-story, 79’ diameter IMAX-titled dome screen where the Science Center showcases beautiful nature documentaries and action-packed blockbusters alike. This location is a perfect spot to bring children, spend the day learning about science at the Science Center, and cap it off by watching eyes light up in awe at one of the biggest screens Birmingham has to offer.

“Saw Godzilla vs. Kong and the IMAX dome was amazing, epic, I don’t know what other words to describe the feeling,” one Google reviewer recently said. “You almost forget you’re in a science center when watching a movie there. 20/10 stars for me!!!!”

Since the IMAX dome only has one screen, interested visitors might need to spend some time planning in advance what movie they want to see. It’s all worth it, though, for a fully immersive theater experience.

McWane Center IMAX Dome Theater

200 19th St N

Birmingham, AL 35203

You can view showtimes and purchase tickets to see a movie at the McWane Center IMAX Dome Theater here.

Birmingham Movie Theaters: AMC Vestavia Hills 10

Get ready for the most luxurious moviegoing experience AMC Theaters has to offer! AMC Vestavia Hills 10 eliminates the need to go to a restaurant for dinner before movie night. Patrons can order a full meal from an expansive menu and have their dinner — and a drink from AMC’s MacGuffins bar, should they feel so inclined — brought directly to their reserved seat.

This AMC theater offers reclining seats with optional heating systems in most of its theaters to ensure moviegoers catch their favorite new movie in absolute comfort. A number of Google reviewers complimented the high-class seating options and ease of ordering food and a drink directly to their seats at this location.

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