Ten best Denver movie theaters for catching a summer blockbuster

Categories: Film and TV

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Too hot to hike? Escaping into a movie theater to glut on popcorn and blockbuster films is one of the tried and true ways to beat the blazing summer sun. Sure, these $200 million Hollywood titans sometimes crash -- but even if they let you down, you can bank on the pleasure of visiting Denver's hottest -- rather, coolest theaters.

What makes them so good? Most have big enough screens, buckets of popcorn and overpriced soda, but the theaters on this list offer something more. Some are cheap; some serve up gourmet meals; others allow viewers to wallow in nostalgia; many are the biggest of the big. Now, turn off your cell phones and relax for our list.

See also: The ten best movie events in Denver in July

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10) Alamo Drafthouse
Whether you want to catch a new blockbuster release, a 1980s rom-com or a cult classic, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema provides some of the region's best programming and most comfortable seats. With a broad booze selection and the tastiest food of any theater in town, Alamo Drafthouse is a haven of comfort and quality. They have sing-a-longs, dance parties and themed menus for people of all ages, from tots to geriatrics.

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9) Cinebarre
While it may not have the grandeur of the Alamo Drafthouse, if you're looking for cheap tickets to the newest releases and a dine-and-watch experience, Cinebarre is the venue for you. The food is a bit pricy for standard fare and the screens are small, but the projection and sound are good and the staff is attentive -- but not so attentive that they interrupt the show.

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8) Century Aurora
After the tragic shootings two years ago at the Century 16 in Aurora, many people assumed this theater would close for good -- and many wished it would. And although the theater did close for six months, it reopened in early 2013 after a remodel. Today, it still serves as a gathering place, although the crowds are small, and for some it is a sign of good old fashioned resilience.


Location Info

Alamo Drafthouse

7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO

Category: Film

Cinebarre

10001 Grant St., Thornton, CO

Category: Film

Century 16 Aurora

14300 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, CO

Category: Film

Landmark Mayan Theatre

110 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Film


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16 comments
FilmFan311
FilmFan311

Does this person skim the short bus yelpers

for the wrong answers or put all the theater names in a hat and pick? Any movie geek will

Tell you The Alamo is the ultimate movie going experience with outstanding clean facilities, comfortable chairs and a 30-minute commercial free pre-show catered to the particular film you're at!

I have a winter jacket from 2012 that I had to torch after attending the disgusting littleton Kipling Elvis cinema! That place is a DUMP!

parfrjo
parfrjo

Have you ever been to the Elvis? We went once. Dirty screen, lousy sound, uncomfortable seats, filthy carpet. Wanted to leave about ten minutes after we got in. $2.50 is way too much for that dump.

Grier Slitzer
Grier Slitzer

oh hell no. 88st is closing! denver without a drive in... will have to drive to monte vista now.

Jotun
Jotun

This list.....like most of Westword's lists, is garbage. There's the Alamo Drafthouse and then the rest of the theaters in Colorado. How can generic corporate multiplexes be ahead of the Mayan and Drafthouse? I smell under the table bribing.


AaronLea
AaronLea

Most of these are soulless multiplexes taking up the top spots. I guess if you prefer eating at Applebee's and reading TMZ, then you'll prefer these instead of the Drafthouse and Mayan.

Todd Jordan
Todd Jordan

Alamo Drafthouse Denver is awesome - I spend way too much of my meager paycheck there, but it's such a fun place!

Shane Roberts
Shane Roberts

Alamo! Helps I live walking distance, though.

Cory Taco Byrd
Cory Taco Byrd

AMC southlands 16 has leather reclining chairs and a bar in the lobby.. talk about comforts

Ted Campbell
Ted Campbell

Alamo Drafthouse Denver for what i GOTTA see first-run, but Elvis Cinemas is the best for everything else.

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