Ten best Denver movie theaters for catching a summer blockbuster
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.
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.
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.
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.