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Charleston Movie Theaters: A Complete Guide

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

In a city as unique as Charleston, 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 Charleston to help you make the most of your Charleston movie theater experience.

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


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Charleston Movie Theaters: Terrace Theatre

Terrace Theatre is Charleston’s only independent theater, according to its Facebook page. The theater was voted one of America’s top 10 independent movie theaters and is home to the Annual Charleston Film Festival. 

Terrace Theatre has six auditoriums fitted with comfortable leather seats. The theater offers specialty and regular concessions including a selection of beers and wines. Terrace Theatre shows current releases as well as a variety of films released in previous years.

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Reviewers are very complimentary of Terrace Theatre, saying that their experiences here are superior to those at a large chain movie theater. One reviewer on Google wrote, “The Terrace has redefined our entire expectation for a movie theater experience. The staff is friendly and helpful. The Terrace is truly one of the most fun and unique places we have in town!” 


Terrace Theatre

1965d Maybank Hwy

Charleston, SC 29412

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View Terrace Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Charleston Movie Theaters: Regal Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant

Located five miles from Charleston is the Regal Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant, this theater has a full-service restaurant for movie-goers to enjoy while you watch your film. Options include small platers, sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, as well as desserts and frozen alcoholic beverages. The theater also has a full bar in the lobby!

The Regal Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant has seating along with counters that make it easy to enjoy your food. Guests are prompted to choose their seats when buying their tickets so you can reserve a good seat if you purchase in advance. The theater also has an arcade where you can play games before or after your movie. 

Reviewers noted that the staff is friendly and efficient. One reviewer on Google said they had “relaxing and fast service when watching the movie” at Regal Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant. 

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Regal Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant

963 Houston Northcutt Blvd

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

View Regal Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

Charleston Movie Theaters: Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX

Citadel Mall Stadium 16 is the only theater in Charleston in IMAX. IMAX is an immersive technology that has precise audio and high-quality imaging, giving guests a superior movie-going experience.

Citadel Mall Stadium 16 has comfortable reclining seats that are reserved when you purchase your ticket. The theater offers typical concessions for guests and has different flavored salt options to enhance your popcorn. One reviewer on Google wrote of their experience, “Most comfortable theater I’ve ever been to!! Very clean too!”

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Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX

2072 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 

Charleston, SC 29407

View Citadel Mall Stadium 16 movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Charleston Movie Theaters: Moonlite Theaters Drive-In 

Moonlite Theaters Drive-In screens movies each Saturday in Mt. Pleasant. The drive-in also sometimes hosts live music and food trucks. It screens fan-favorite films released in years past. Movie-goers can watch from their cars or set up chairs and blankets outside. 

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