Cinemas in Los Angeles

Because Los Angeles is such an important entertainment city, there are many top-knotch cinemas here. Theaters from the Golden Age of Hollywood are especially fabulous. Truth be told, many of the older grand cinema houses from that era have been adandoned or re-purposed as concert halls or film locations. This L.A. Theater Guide organizes many of these historic theaters based on their current use.

Some of the venerable movie palaces remain functional cinemas; grand examples include Grauman's Chinese (extensively remodeled and still the site of grand movie premieres today), the Vista (a nice big theater right between Silver Lake and Hollywood), and the Egyptian (now run by American Cinematheque).

My favorite spot to see movies here in Los Angeles is the ArcLight in Hollywood. They always do an excellent job with presenting the film (the movies are always in focus and framed correctly). I also like the fact that they have assigned seats (you can even select your seats even when buying tickets online). All of the theaters in the Hollywood ArcLight multiplex are good, but the Cinerama Dome is the best. This historic building was built using Buckminster Fuller's geodesic plan and opened in 1963 as a prototype for Cinerama domes to be built around the country. (As it ended up. those multiples were not built and this building remains unique.) The Cinerama Dome can still support the historic 3 projector Cinerama format; of course the ArcLight has kept this space up-to-date with digital projection and a modern sound system.

The rest list includes the IMAX at the California Science Center and some historic smaller theaters like the Nuart, the New Beverly, and the Highland Theater.

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ArcLight Cineramas

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6360 West Sunset Boulevard
at Vine & Ivar

Historic film dome plus 14 new auditoriums...
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard

Movie magic... read more

Silent Movie Theatre/The Cinefamily

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611 North Fairfax Avenue

Unique place shows oddball movies... read more

Vista Theatre

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4473 Sunset Boulevard

Classic theater... read more

Egyptian Theater (The)

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6712 Hollywood Boulevard
(Between Las Palmas and McCadden)

A Hollywood landmark... read more

Nuart Theatre

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11272 Santa Monica Boulevard

Unique films... read more

Laemmle Sunset 5

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8000 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood

Great location on the Sunset Strip... read more

IMAX California Science Center

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California Science Center
700 State Drive

The Big Screen... read more

New Beverly Cinema

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7165 West Beverly Boulevard

Funky repertory movie theater hangs on!... read more

Highland Theater

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5604 North Figueroa Street
Highland Park

This place opened in 1925. It is now a funky budget movie theater... read more
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