Taking in a movie is no longer relegated to the same cookie-cutter theaters. Unique offerings, designs and locations make your theater of choice just as much a part of the experience as the actual movie.
These theaters in Atlanta lend an epic element to any cinematic night out.
There is no arm rest sharing at Regal Cinemas at Avalon. Not only do they have leather reclining seats with tray tables, but also there is plenty of personal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
While the dinner-and-movie theater experience is growing, CinéBistro At Town Brookhaven rises above them all. There's more than pizza, popcorn and hot dogs available -- think more like kimchi and other elevated culinary delights. Their American bistro fare is freshly made each day, including all the sauces and dressings. Wagyu Beef Sliders, Crab Cakes and Blackened Pimento Mac & Cheese are just a sampling of the options your waiter can serve. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the movie if you want to dine in-theater, otherwise you can grab a quick appetizer and drink at the bar and lounge located in the trendy, upscale lobby. 36-inch-wide rocker seats made of leather add to the oddly luxurious feel of the movie-going experience.
Sure, there's a bar allowing you to take an adult beverage into the movie. Add free parking in Buckhead and you've already hit stratospheric levels. Phipps Plaza is not just for shopping anymore, friends. Buy advance tickets and reserve your cozy red leather reclining seats at AMC Phipps Plaza.
Opened in 1939, Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland is Atlanta's oldest continuously operating cinema. This independent theater runs indie and cult classics and is a must-visit Atlanta venue. Looking for a fun Friday night? "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" has a standing show every Friday at midnight.
Looking for the ultimate Atlanta experience? Look no furthr than Peachtree Street. Originally conceived as headquarters for Atlanta's Shriners organization and nurtured in the era of grand movie palaces, the magnificent Fox Theatre is arguably one of the most iconic Atlanta institutions. Locals and visitor alike can take a tour through Egyptian decor and under twinkling stars to learn the stories of film screen stars, epic debuts, music history and ghostly residents of the Fox. In addition to Broadway shows and intimate musical evenings, summer brings the throwback to its cinematic origins as the annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival brings blockbuster family classics to the big screen. Singalongs lead by 'Mighty Mo", the largest Möller theatre organ in the world, make these movie-watching experiences especially memorable.
IMAX theaters are growing in number. Buford, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Douglasville, Lithonia, Morrow and Atlanta all boast AMC or Regal theaters offering the IMAX experience. There is one IMAX theater that offers an experience unlike any other, though. On the 2nd Friday evening of each month at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, you can enjoy craft beer, food, live music, culture, science stuff and of course, martinis and an IMAX movie on the "biggest screen in town." While you won't find the latest feature films first runs here, you will find a fun date night with Fernbank After Dark, featuring a special cocktails menu, small plates, live entertainment and dancing.
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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the cool relief of the evening while watching a movie under the stars. The growing trend of venues and cities hosting outdoor movie events gives metro-Atlantans a long list of opportunities to snuggle under the stars.