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Boston Movie Theaters: A Complete Guide

In a city as big and bountiful as Boston, there are so many local movie theaters near you to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. It’s time to go to the movies and enjoy all the latest new movie releases out now in theatres!

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 several movie theatres within the Boston 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 Boston to help you make the most of your Boston movie theater experience.

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

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Boston Movie Theaters: AMC Boston Common 19

When you go to the movies, what is the one thing you can’t live without? Is it the best concession snacks available? How about the perfect location? Or is it the jaw-dropping surround sound? Well, if you answered all of the above, then the AMC Boston Common 19 has you covered. The theater now offers all of your traditional concession fares. You’ll also find a new selection of stone-fired flatbread pizzas, with creamy mac and cheese bites and more.


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Among other things, the AMC Boston Common 19 also features some of the best features from reserved seating featuring deluxe reclining seats, to discount Tuesdays and matinees. This theater also allows you to rent out an entire auditorium for your own special events. You can hold celebrations from birthday parties to office meetings. Finally, this theater has all the latest features to ensure they are ADA-compliant. There’s open captioning, wheelchair access, and assisted listening devices available upon request.

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This google reviewer says it best, “Great location across from the Boston Common. Large selection of movies and friendly service.”

AMC Boston Common 19

175 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02111

Boston Movie Theaters: AMC South Bay Center

The AMC South Bay Center theater is the go-to theater in the Dorchester area. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, and even an apartment building, everything you could ever need is right at your doorstep. Being surrounded by so much makes this the perfect theater for date nights and nights out with friends or family. Work and play take on a whole new meaning here in Dorchester, MA. 

The AMC South Bay Center has many of the same concessions that you would expect to find at any movie theater, from popcorn to nachos, to stone-fired flatbread pizzas and creamy mac and cheese bites. As with many of the AMC theaters today, you can head on over to the MacGuffins Bar and enjoy a tasty beer or wine before the show. Don’t want to indulge in the bar? Order your beverage to go and you can even take it into the theater for the ultimate date night.


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Finally, if it’s comfort that you are looking for, then the AMC South Bay Center has you covered. You can come in and enjoy the calm and relaxing atmosphere with the ultimate in-theater amenities. You can enjoy the plush luxury recliners and rocking seats while you indulge in your favorite snacks. Peep at the next big Hollywood blockbuster, or even that child/sensory-friendly film your little ones waited all summer to watch. You’ll become the ultimate cool parent in no time.

We absolutely love what this Google reviewer has to say: “The location of the south bay center is perfect for bikers, walkers, and drivers. It is walkable from the T and there is free parking in the garage. The theater is clean, the staff is friendly, and the movie experience is great.”

AMC South Bay Center 12

25 District Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125

Boston Movie Theaters: AMC Assembly Row 12

If you are looking for someplace to go where you can get a lot done and still have a great time, then look no further than the AMC Assembly Row 12 in Somerville, MA. Here you find yourself surrounded by shops galore, as well as being within walking distance of the Mystic River. There, you’ll find Assembly Square and the Sylvester Baxter Playground, a great place to take the kids before or after the show.


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Unlike other AMC theaters in the area, there are no luxury recliner seats here, but with stadium seating, you are guaranteed to have a great view no matter where you sit. The AMC Assembly Row 12 offers discounted tickets on Tuesdays, as well as di