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Los Angeles 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! This week, we’re focusing on Los Angeles movie theaters.

In a city as big and bountiful as Los Angeles, 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” or “movies 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 over 100 movie theatres within the Los Angeles 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 some of our favorite local movie theaters in Los Angeles to help you make the most of your Los Angeles movie theater experience.

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


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Los Angeles Movie Theaters: Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood

In the CityWalk area of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, you’ll find an AMC Theatre. What makes this theater so special is that it is actually connected to a film studio! The Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood is on the Universal Studios Lot where movies like Back to the Future were filmed.

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While it may seem that most of the fun lies outside of the movie theater, there are plenty of exciting amenities inside, too! The Director’s Lounge offers beer, wine, and cocktails for moviegoers over the age of 21, and you can even order your movie snacks on the AMC Theatres app to have them ready for you upon your arrival! One reviewer on Google said that the mobile ordering process for food on the app was smooth and easy.

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The Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood offers a variety of options for you to watch your desired movie, all while relaxing in AMC Signature Recliners. Select movies can be seen in IMAX with Laser or RealD 3D. A wide selection of food offerings is available for guests with a self-service concession stand selling items such as smoothies and coffee drinks. In addition to typical movie theater fare, this AMC has multiple hot food options including loaded hot dogs, gourmet popcorn, mozzarella sticks, flatbread pizzas, and gluten-free items. The theater also has crowd-favorite Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines, giving guests limitless drink options to enjoy.

Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: TCL Chinese Theatre

Right on Hollywood Boulevard sits the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre. This historic landmark first opened on May 18, 1927, and has since hosted a multitude of movie premieres, festivals, and imprint ceremonies. What some may not know about this Hollywood icon is that anyone can go see a movie there!

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According to the theatre’s website, the TCL Chinese Theatre is home to the world’s largest IMAX auditorium. One reviewer on Google called the IMAX theater is the “best theater in existence.” The Chinese Theatre also has an MX4D Motion EFX movie theatre, which allows audience members to feel the action in the film that they’re watching.

Attending a movie at the TCL Chinese Theatre is a star-studded experience, as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and pass hands and footprints of movie stars in the Forecourt of the Stars to reach the entrance. Once inside, you’ll find costumes worn in fan-favorite movies such as The Wizard of Oz. Guests are surrounded by old Hollywood decor and if you look up, you can see the beautiful and ornate ceiling of the theater. Moviegoers can choose from standard concession options such as popcorn, candy, and drinks, and will be happy to find that their seat reclines when sitting down for the film.

TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: El Capitan Theatre

Across Hollywood Boulevard is El Capitan Theatre, owned by The Walt Disney Company and home to many Disney movie premieres. Whether you’re going to watch a new or old family favorite, the theater offers a one-of-a-kind experience for guests. You might even find special photo ops and exhibits featuring costumes and props for the theater’s latest release!

After reading reviews, it is clear that one of the elements that make this theater so unique is its exceptional staff. One reviewer on Google wrote, “These guys really offer the best service for you to relax and enjoy while watching some movies,” and even called in the best theater in the area. Guests are also complimentary of the food options that go beyond typical movie theater offerings to have items like chicken strips and pizza.

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Aside from the outstanding service, this theater sets itself apart from others with its high-definition video and sound. The theater maintains a vintage feel with grand and glitzy decor inside. When purchasing tickets, guests can choose to sit in orchestra or balcony seating — something else you won’t find many other places!