With Los Angeles being the movie capitol of the world, it’s only fitting we list the Top 10 Movie Theaters for Families, Kids, and Teens in the greater Los Angeles area. You’ll notice that the list varies greatly in terms of theater styles. Some of the chosen theaters made the grade because of their historic charm, others based on state of the art facilities, luxury amenities, ease of use and still others for pure kitsch and novelty. It’s pretty evident which are which, but most importantly, all of these theaters meet a standard of excellence and are very family friendly.
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, boasts the tagline “The most entertaining place on the planet!” and it certainly may be. L.A. LIVE is the sports and entertainment district of the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. In addition to the movie theaters the entertainment campus features sports and music venues, night clubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, and a museum! L.A. LIVE is the premier destination for entertainment in Downtown Los Angeles, conveniently located at 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-763-6070). Be sure to check out “$7 Tuesdays” where all movie admissions at L.A. Live are only seven dollars for all of 2014!
EL CAPITAN – Since 1926, the El Capitan’s elaborate cast-concrete Spanish Colonial has been home to Hollywood royalty. The venue is now the exclusive first-run theatre for Walt Disney Pictures hosting live stage shows, world premieres, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship and glamour to Hollywood Boulevard. The theater is located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028, (818) 845-3110, with Parking Structure (partial validation) at the Hollywood & Highland Entertainment complex: 1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028.
The TCL CHINESE THEATRES IMAX (Formerly Grauman’s Chinese) When the Chinese Theatres first opened in 1927, patrons were lined up around the block to get a glimpse of their cinematic heroes. Now, after extensive renovations, crowds are gathering once more. Conveniently located within the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex and boasting the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame in it’s front courtyard, this theater is a national treasure. In addition to watching movies in 6 state of the art theaters, tours are offered seven days a week that take you backstage through the Chinese 6 theatres and VIP Lounge. Learn the history along with fun facts about the famous Chinese Theatre forecourt. For tours call (323) 461-3331
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RAVE Motion Pictures 18, similar to some other theaters on the list, RAVE offers a staggering 18 IMAX Theaters, restaurant, bar, reserved seating, and so much more. Electronic gift cards are now available for purchase as well. 6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Westchester, Phone number (310) 215-3483
PACIFIC THEATERS at THE GROVE, Located in the heart of L.A.’s tourist shopping hub The Grove and this theater still offers old-school, “first come first served” seating for those that prefer it. Right outside the theater are a multitude of dining choices so come hungry! Particularly lovely during the holidays. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323.900.8080
THE ARCLIGHT The ArcLight utilizes the reserved seating model and tickets are upwards of $12. Theaters are usually very clean, concessions are high-quality, an in-theater restaurant & bar is available and they regularly hold 21+ screenings with alcoholic beverage service. Four convenient locations to serve you: HOLLYWOOD Cinerama Dome: 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 464-1478 AND THE VALLEY: 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; (818) 501-7033 AND PASADENA: 336 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 568-9651 AND WEST L.A.: 831 S. Nash St., El Segundo; (310) 607-9630.
THE LANDMARK This multiplex is similar to the ArcLight with reserved seating (and comfy couches in some of the smaller theaters) but more convenient for those living on the westside. Landmark allows you to bring beer or wine into their 21+ shows and there’s a mix of mainstream movies, indies and documentaries. Concessions are good. Landmark is located 10850 West Pico at Westwood Blvd; (310) 470-0492
CINEOPOLIS Luxury Theaters – You’ll have to drive a little ways out of Los Angeles for this but it’s worth extra every penny you spend on gas. Hands down, my favorite theater EVER. Here’s why: I’m old. I’m tired. And when I go to the movies, I like seeing the screen from a reclining position with a glass of wine in one hand and spicey shishito peppers resting on the side table next to me. With the gentle touch of a button, you’ll be catered to by one of the many helpful in-theater servers. Honestly, it does’ even matter what the movie is, I could come to this venue just to relax. If you like being treated like royalty (and who doesn’t?), I highly recommend this upscale theater chain which uses the reserved seating model, has a full bar, restaurant, gourmet popcorn and more. Honestly the only way this place could be better is if I could get a mani-pedi while I watch my favorite feature films.
AMC Univeral Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX – The teens love City Walk. No, really. They L-O-V-E it. Throw in dinner (35 eateries to choose from) and a movie (19 screens, including a 7-story IMAX!) and you’ve just entertained your perpetually-bored pubescent for a good 5-6 hours. Each auditorium features projectors complemented by wall-to-wall movie screens, resulting in precise picture quality and superior clarity. The movie theaters are also equipped with a balanced digital surround-sound system in every one of their ultra-wide plush stadium-style rocker seats that includes extended leg room. Located at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, 888-AMC-4FUN
MUVICO, Another movie theater for the teens and seemingly run by teens, Muvico Entertainment has a 14-screen complex in Thousand Oaks, at The Oaks Shopping Center. The deluxe theater combines SONY 4K digital projection, stadium seating, Art Nouveau design and full-service food and drink. Muvico’s “Premier” experience includes reserved seating, private entry, complimentary valet parking and free popcorn. The theater complex hosts a full bar and guests are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages and “finger” foods into the theater during their showing provided by Bogart’s Bar and Grill.
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