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Sacramento 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 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.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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