With the summer movie season upon us, Denver residents will be flocking to movie theaters across the region to catch the next big blockbuster. But a bad theater can ruin your movie going experience, no matter how good the film might be. Poor sound quality, uncomfortable seats or stale popcorn are some of the biggest complaints movie-goers have about poor theaters. To avoid this, we’ve complied a list of some of the best theaters in the Denver metro area.
Alamo Drafthouse – Littleton, CO
7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Ste 850
The Alamo Drafthouse is still relatively new to the Denver area, having opened in 2012. But in a short time, the Alamo has come to be known as the “fun” theater in the Metro area. Special screenings, events & pre-movie features are what separates the Alamo Drafthouse from other theaters is the area. The theater tacks on some special videos & short films before each movie screening, including old commercials, cartoons, interviews & other strange or funny clips. There is also plenty of special programming including “quote-alongs”, “mile-high sci-fi” screenings, classic movies from the 60s, 70s & 80s, and other unique events. Alamo has a great bar area featuring over a dozen Colorado beers on tap & special movie themed mixed drinks. The theater has a good menu of pizza, burgers & other entrees that can be ordered at the bar or in the theater. While not world-class, the food is good for a film house, but the small tables inside the theater can make for some awkward dining. Overall, the Alamo is a fun, unique theater experience.
Regal Cinemas Southglenn – Centennial, CO
6901 S Vine Street
When it comes to comfort, few theaters in the mile high city can match Regal Cinemas Southglenn. This theater is equipped with comfortable, roomy chairs that recline which really adds to the overall movie watching experience. They also have reserved seating that you can purchase online, which guarantees the seat you want. No more rushing to the theater in hopes of not having to sit in the front row. Another nice feature in this theater is the skybox (balcony) seating, which, in addition to giving viewers a bird’s eye view, allows visitors access to a private bar. The skybox seating is an additional cost, but many moviegoers say its worth it.
Landmark Theater – Greenwood Village, CO
5415 Landmark Place
The Landmark Theater isn’t the place to go to see big budget, popcorn flicks like The Avengers or Transformers. Instead, this theater gears its movie selection toward a more mature, upscale audience featuring indie films, arthouse features & other oscar-worthy fare. The big draw to this theater is the free popcorn & soda. That’s right, the Landmark Theater includes complimentary, self-service popcorn & soda with all ticket purchases. The theaters themselves are smaller, but have great sound systems and excellent screen quality. You can also upgrade your ticket to “VIP” status which gets you the best seats in the house, plus personal service from the wait staff. We highly recommend this theater to anyone in the South metro area.
Cinebarre – Thornton, CO
10001 Grant Street
Value is the name of the game at Cinebarre. You’ll find some of the best prices around when it comes to first run movies, often 50% less than the big multiplexs in the area. Ticket prices for Sunday through Thursday screenings are just $6, while weekend screenings are $8. As for the theater itself, the sound & film quality are good and there is a wait staff that will get you soda, beer, popcorn or other menu items from the convenience of your seat. The food isn’t the best and is a bit overpriced, so I just stick with the popcorn & soda. There is a full bar at the front of the theater, with a good beer selection that is reasonably priced.
Mayan Theater – Denver, CO
Historic theaters like the Mayan are often the main attraction over the movie itself. Built in 1930 and renovated in 1986, the Mayan Theater is a throwback to a time where black & white films starring Cary Grant were the blockbusters of the day. Today, the Mayan specializes in foreign, award-winning & independent films. The theater is one of only a few remaining in the country designed in the Mayan Revival style and has two smaller upstairs theaters, a large downstairs auditorium, and a cafe/lounge serving beer, wine, cocktails, coffee and tea. The picture & sound quality is solid, but not as hi-tech as some of the major metroplexes in the area. Its definitely a must see attraction in the Denver area. But one yelp reviewer put it best when speaking of the theater’s decor:
The Mayan-inspired decor is so intricate and detailed that it’s almost a good thing theaters have to be dark for screenings as I would be distracted by the crazy opulent Mayan figures gazing down upon you in kind of a scary-but-entrancing way.
Harkins Northfield 18 Theater – Denver, CO
8300 E 49th Ave
When it comes to the high tech, state of the art multiplex theaters in the area, Harkins Northfield 18 is one of the best. Located in the Stapleton area, the Harkins Northfield Theater has great picture & sound quality and the screens are large. The theater itself is very clean and the staff is professional & friendly. Their 4 star ratings on both Yelp & Google are indicative of the quality experience you will have at this theater.