Los Angeles Movie Theaters: A Complete Guide

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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 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” 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 10 of our favorite local movie theaters in Los Angeles to help you make the most of your Los Angeles movie theater experience.

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

Not in Los Angeles? Check out our New York City movie theater guide here. 

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!

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 a 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 hand 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 seats recline when sitting down for the film.

TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

View TCL Chinese Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

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!


 
 
 
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After reading reviews, it is clear that one of the elements that makes 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!


 
 
 
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El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

View El Capitan Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

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.


 
 
 
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Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

View Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: New Beverly Cinema

Located on Beverly Boulevard, New Beverly Cinema first opened its doors to LA movie lovers in 1978. After the passing of the theater’s original owner, Sherman Torgan, renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino became the owner and head programmer of New Beverly Cinema making the decision to exclusively show movies on film. Many of the films shown come from Quentin’s personal collection that he has been curating for about 20 years.


 
 
 
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The theater is simple inside, with the main draw being the unique experience of going to see movies on film. The concession stand is small, offering typical movie theater snacks and a variety of vegan options including vegan hot dogs, cookies, chocolate bars and other candy. Unlike most other cinemas nowadays, seat selection is on a first-come, first-served basis as you walk into the movie theater.


 
 
 
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In the past, some films have been accompanied by a Q&A session with one of the actors, and merchandise was sold for the movie. Many reviewers said that attending a movie here is an unforgettable experience for film buffs. One reviewer on Google described the theater as a “time capsule” and said it is a must-visit, while another said that “New Beverly is about as authentic as you can get.” New Beverly Cinema is temporarily closed, but will reopen on Tuesday June 1.

New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

View New Beverly Cinema movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: Regency Village Theatre

Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles sits the Regency Village Theatre. This theater was built in 1931 and was part of the old Fox Theatres circuit where they would show Fox studios films. The original decoration on the exterior of the building still stands including its tall white tower and illuminated “Fox Westwood Village” sign.


 
 
 
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According to the theater’s website, its auditorium has THX Ultimate Cinema with a large format screen, dual-laser projection system, immersive audio, and artfully remastered content. The theater’s Dolby Atmos audio system gives a more natural and realistic sound to the audience. One reviewer on Google wrote, “nothing beats the look, feel and the experience of watching shows here.”


 
 
 
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The theater has one large auditorium with orchestra and balcony levels and red velour seats. Reviewers said that aside from the renovated screen and sound system, the theater remains old giving it a classic Hollywood feel. The theater offers typical food, with a refillable popcorn bucket available for purchase, which is valid for one free refill during your movie— perfect for everyone who can’t get enough of that movie theater popcorn! The Regency Village Theatre is currently closed but will reopen on Thursday, May 27 with the premiere of A Quiet Place Part II. 


 
 
 
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Regency Village Theatre

961 Broxton Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024

View Regency Village Theatre movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

If you want a true one-of-a-kind experience, head to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the Cinespia Cemetery Screenings. Since 2002, Cinespia has been holding outdoor movies at the famous cemetery where celebrities like Judy Garland have been buried. Prior to movie screenings, guests can enjoy music from live DJs and themed photo booths.


 
 
 
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Audience members gather on Fairbanks Lawn after sunset and the film is projected onto a mausoleum. Guests can bring their own drinks, pillows, blankets, and low chairs to enjoy their movie under the stars. Reviewers say that they’ve had so much fun being part of this crowd, something that doesn’t usually come with experiences at a typical movie theater. One reviewer on Google said, “There’s so much energy from everyone while watching the movie. Everyone’s engaged and respectful.”


 
 
 
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No Cinespia Cemetery Screenings have been announced for this year yet, but check their website for updates.

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

234 West 42nd Street

New York, New York 10036

View AMC Empire 25 movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: CGV Cinemas

The CGV Cinemas Los Angeles is located in the city’s Koreatown neighborhood. This theater stands out from the rest, showing both Korean and English films, with subtitles in the opposite language for each. It also carries a unique variety of Korean snacks, along with traditional American movie theater snacks.


 
 
 
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Since this CGV Cinemas is rather small, it only shows major movie releases. The theater has a sleek, modern design, differing from other more traditional theaters in the LA area. The Screen X feature gives audience members a panoramic view of their film to enjoy from their comfortable seats.

This theater offers a unique concession experience with flavored popcorn options including caramel, cheddar, and sour cream and onion, and self-checkout kiosks. One reviewer on Google said that they had an awesome experience while at CGV Cinemas and commended the theater for its cleanliness and friendly staff.


 
 
 
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CGV Cinemas

621 S Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90005

View CGV Cinemas movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Downtown Los Angeles

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is a movie theater in Downtown Los Angeles that offers a variety of amenities to its guests. Guests can order food and drinks from the theater’s multi-course menu to be delivered directly to their seats. They even have a vegan menu! There is also an open-air patio with seating for guests’ enjoyment.


 
 
 
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As you walk into the theater, you will be greeted by classic Hollywood movie posters in the corridor. The attached lounge and video store, Video Vortex, offers free video rentals and merchandise for guests. It also has a curated cocktail menu and a selection of local and regional craft beers customers can choose from. Guests can even enjoy free arcade games! One reviewer on Google shared, “This place is really one of the best in the area, and I’m happy because they have the best snacks to complement the movies.”


 
 
 
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Downtown Los Angeles is home to 12 auditoriums, with the ability to seat 569 guests. The auditoriums have 35mm film capabilities, 4K digital projection with 3D capabilities, and reclining seats. They will sometimes have actors’ and directors’ interviews playing before the showing of a movie, something you won’t find many other places! Gender-neutral restrooms promote an inclusive environment for guests of all identities. The theater is currently closed but will reopen Friday, May 28.


 
 
 
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Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Los Angeles

700 W 7th Street

Unit 240

Los Angeles, CA 90017

View Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Los Angeles movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: Cinemark Playa Vista and XD

In the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Cinemark theater offers movies in XD with a wall-to-wall screen, a state-of-the-art projector that’s capable of 35 trillion colors, and a custom surround sound system with more speakers than a standard theater.


 
 
 
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A restaurant and bar in the lobby give guests the option to sit and enjoy a bite to eat before or after their movie. Guests can also bring food and drinks from the expanded menu into the theater, as a tray connected to the seats makes it easy to eat while watching the movie. Some of the auditoriums have reclining leather seats that can be reserved ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about rushing to your movie.


 
 
 
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Reading the reviews, it’s clear that while the Cinemark Playa Vista and XD does not have the Hollywood appeal of some other theaters in the area, it has something for every type of moviegoer. You can go and expected a typical movie experience, or if you’re looking to treat yourself, you can take advantage of their full-service dining options and luxury seating. One reviewer on Google said that they “felt very taken care of” while visiting this Cinemark location.


 
 
 
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Cinemark Playa Vista and XD

12746 W Jefferson Boulevard

Playa Vista, CA 90094

View Cinemark Playa Vista and XD movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here. 

Los Angeles Movie Theaters: Regal LA Live & 4DX

Located in an entertainment complex in Downtown Los Angeles, Regal LA Live & 4DX offers an immersive experience for guests with its 4DX technology. According to Regal Cinemas, 4DX is “widely considered to be the biggest innovation in cinematic technology to date.” The chairs often move with the action of the film, and audience members may experience elements from the movie such as water and fog. Guests also wear 4D glasses to further immerse themselves into the film. One reviewer on Google was so impressed, they called it “Hands down the best theater [they’ve] been to.”


 
 
 
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This theater is large with three different stories. Something you’ll find here that you probably won’t see in any other cinema is a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling of the lobby. The theater offers an expanded food menu with items like chicken sandwiches and even has a Starbucks counter for caffeinated beverages. For increased safety, guests go through security and a bag check upon entering the theater.


 
 
 
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Regal LA Live & 4DX

1000 W Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90015

View Regal LA Live & 4DX movie showtimes and buy movie tickets here.

We hope this rundown of some of our favorite Los Angeles movie theaters inspires you to go out and see all of the latest new movies out now in theaters.

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