Located in San Francisco’s Japantown district, the Sundance Kabuki hosts several film festivals, and for good reason: the posh theater, remodeled with recycled and sustainable materials, boasts upscale bars and restaurants for a four-star before-and-after movie experience.The theater also offers reserved seating and doesn’t show ads before movies. (Yesssss.)
Combining state-of-the-art surround sound with waited service that delivers gourmet beer and Tex-Mex food right to your row, it’s no wonder the Alamo Drafthouse has expanded to several locations throughout Texas.
Built in 1935, this open-air theater comes complete with great views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, especially at night. It’s open in Athens from April to October.
Cinépolis, which now has a number of California locales, features reclining leather seats that you can reserve and waiter service that will drop off gourmet snacks like salads, flat bread pizzas, cheesecakes and “zebra” popcorn, covered in white and dark chocolate.
Motorized reclining seats, free snacks in the theater’s VIP lounge AND a complimentary foot massage? Yes, FOOT MASSAGE.
As the largest 3-D IMAX in the world, the cinema at this multiplex boats a 72 ft by 92 ft screen. It also features a 6-channel sound system with an output of 12,000 watts of uncompressed digital surround sound. What to do after your flick? The theater is part of a 235,000 square foot multiplex that also includes a food court, multinational fast food outlets, a gaming zone and a shopping mall.
19. 7. Electric Cinema, London, England
Located in the Notting Hill district, Electric’s swankiest feature, besides its sixty-five leather armchair seats, are three 2-seater sofas at the rear of the theatre and six double beds in the front row, where you can watch your film in comfort. (They also provide individual cashmere blankets.)
The world’s oldest operating “outdoor picture garden,” Sun Pictures was built in 1916 and remains an adorably rustic desert jewel, with seating made up of deck chairs and lavatories marked “Humphrey’s” and “Vivien’s.”
Built in 1958 before the Cuban Revolution, the Acapulco still maintains its 1950s style, with ornamental wood panelling and a huge wall-covering mirror in the foyer.
The ultimate in cinematic luxury, this theater lets diners/moviegoers feast on upscale French-Italian cuisine, courtesy of a former Park Hyatt chef. After dinner, patrons can relax for the duration of the movie in one of only 30 seats crafted by the same designers who make private movie theater seats for Saudi royalty. It’ll cost you though — tickets start at $54.
Catch a great movie and a killer view in Melbourne on the roof of a building that’s also home to a kung fu academy, a bookstore and a cookie bar. Snuggle up on one of 185 brightly colored deck chairs dotting the roof — blankets provided for the chills.
The Cinémathèque boasts one of the largest archives of films, movie documents and film-related objects in the world. Now situated in a left bank building designed by Frank Gehry, the 70-year-old film center projects films on its large interior walls.
Ever wanted to watch a movie surrounded by gravestones? Film group Cinespia hosts outdoor movie nights in the Hollwood Forever Cemetery, where legens like Marion Davies, John Huston, Peter Lorre, Fay Wray, Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, Harry Cohn, and Bugsy Siegel are laid to rest. Bring blankets for a truly unforgettable movie-watching experience.