I think we all know that movies are great, and that one of the most important parts of enjoying a movie is how you view it. Watching a movie on an ancient cathode ray tube television like you had growing up will never hold up to having your own home theater, where you can watch whatever movies you want on a giant screen in your own home. If you are looking to expand your list of great TV and movies from home take a look at SaveOnTVDirect.com for special deals on new DirecTV subscriptions. Taking a special family trip or that special someone out for a movie is one thing, taking them out to one of these one of kind theaters is a truly unique experience.
1. Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is relatively new, as far as world-famous theatres go. But its fame is well-deserved, not just because of its programming, but because of its rules. It aims to recreate a traditional cinematic experience, featuring strict rules that you can’t speak, text, or otherwise be obnoxious during the movie. The Drafthouse also has fantastic programming, and that certainly helps. It’s a favorite of top filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, and even Steven Spielberg.
Originally located in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse now has around a dozen locations around the United States, mostly focused on Texas and the Southeast.
2. Kino International
Located in Berlin, Germany, Kino International dates back to the East Germany days. Architecturally speaking, it’s a classic of the Cold War and Soviet-influenced socialist realism (it’s even on a street named for Karl Marx). That may make the building less beautiful than a classic Beaux Arts theatre in the United States, but it has a charm all its own, and the inside evokes the Jet Age as much as any Art Deco theater. It’s also a home for major premieres, especially for art house.
3. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
You’ve seen pictures of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, that’s for sure. At the moment, it’s called the TCL Chinese Theatre; before that it was Mann’s. But it’s always, and always will be, Grauman’s. It’s one of the older cinemas in the world, dating back to 1927. And it’s located in the heart of Hollywood, and it’s notable for that reason alone. It’s also the home of the famous handprints in stone of celebrities, actors, and directors, and the walk of stars is on the street just outside. What’s more, Grauman’s costs just a few dollars more than a normal movie ticket – as long as a red carpet premiere isn’t happening there at the moment.
4. The Arclight Cinerama Dome
Just a few blocks from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Arclight is one of the last of the great Cinerama Domes that were a never fulfilled promise of the future, as seen in the 1960s. The Arclight Cinerama Dome is one of the best screens in Los Angeles and the entire West Coast, and one of the largest. It’s an IMAX screen that isn’t an IMAX, and the sheer splendor and size of the Dome is worth experiencing, no matter what the Cinerama Dome is playing. It’s a classy and traditional cinematic experience that manages to be modern at the same time.
5. The Castro Theatre
The Castro in San Francisco is even older than Grauman’s – it dates back to 1922 – and it’s a unique combination of 1920s Beaux Arts style and Mexican-inspired quasi-religious architecture. It’s a veritable cathedral of cinema, inside and out. It’s decidedly old-fashioned, but guess what – sometimes that’s what you need to have a classic cinematic experience. A home theater goes a long way, but sometimes you want something just a little more magical.