11 of the Best Movie Theaters in Southern California

From iconic theaters to state-of-the-art cinemas, here are 11 of our favorite places to see a movie in SoCal for an unforgettable date night.

11 of the Best Movie Theaters in Southern California

The weekend is almost here and that means that date night is fast approaching. Instead of going to the same boring movie theater, why not check out these memorable Southern California movie theaters that will make your night cinematic? From iconic theaters to state-of-the-art cinemas, here are 11 of the best places to see a movie in SoCal. The David Geffen Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a great presentation space for major film events, public programs, live performances, movie premieres and other special events. With a capacity for 966 people, the cinema is fully equipped to project films in many formats, including nitrate, 35 mm, 70 mm and laser projection compatible with Dolby Vision.

The cinema also has Dolby Atmos, a truly immersive audio experience. The stage of the Geffen Theater can accommodate a 60-member orchestra; its seats can be arranged to accommodate a sound booth; and the walkways can be equipped with theatrical lighting. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Downtown Los Angeles offers an interactive movie experience like no other. Signature cocktails include the Fistful of Bourbon Old Fashioned and the Italian 75, a riff of the classic French 75 with Drumshanbo Gunpowder gin, Italicus orange-infused Italicus, JAB Mixology, lavender, squeezed lemon juice and Guinigi Prosecco. The Alamo Movie Parties are interactive experiences in the style of Rocky Horror that include fun accessories, themed drinks and more.

At a recent Shaun of the Dead movie party, guests received inflatable cricket bats so they could hit their neighbors every time Shaun (Simon Pegg) hits a zombie on the screen, and a Shaun-style keepsake name tag. Not many movie theaters offer tours with tickets. The TCL Chinese Theater IMAX is possibly the most famous movie theater in the world. Opened its doors as Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings, countless film premieres have been held at this monument, in addition to three Academy Awards ceremonies and numerous special events.

The public can enjoy the latest blockbuster movie on the huge 97 x 47-foot screen, located in the largest IMAX auditorium in the world. The TCL Chinese IMAX and the TCL Chinese 6 also host the Turner Classic Film Festival, held annually in spring. In addition to its Chinese pagoda design, the theater's most distinctive feature is the famous Esplanade of the Stars, with nearly 200 handprints, toes and autographs of celebrities immortalized on the concrete. El Capitan Theatre is Disney's Hollywood Boulevard movie home since 1991 when The Rocketeer premiered at this magnificent theater. With Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar under the Disney umbrella, El Capitan has hosted premieres spanning a wide range of genres and cinematic universes.

In addition to first screenings of latest releases and special events for fans, El Capitan also presents inclusive sensory screenings with open captions. Some Christmas-themed movies and series are usually accompanied by pre-film theatrical shows and keepsakes. Egyptian Theatre was opened as a theater in 1926 by Charles E. Toberman and Sid Grauman who would later open Grauman's Chinese Theatre. It was a prophetic design choice: shortly after its opening, the world went crazy over everything related to Egypt and several other Egyptian-themed theaters were soon opening across the country.

In partnership with Netflix, American Cinematheque is overseeing Egypt's latest seismic renovation and modernization which will return this movie theater to its original 1922 splendor. The Billy Wilder Theater at Hammer Museum in Westwood houses public programs of Film Archive & University of California Los Angeles. It is one of few places in country that can display moving images from entire century in their original formats from first silent films that required variable speed projection to cutting-edge digital cinema. IPIC Westwood has six screens and chain's exclusive dining in dark experience. Premium Plus seats include full order service in leather-upholstered recliner that seats two people with shared table. In addition to food & drink delivery at theater IPIC ninja-type servers are available at push of button to ensure your comfort with blankets & more. The Landmark Nuart Theater in West Los Angeles is former showcase for independent cinema foreign language cinema documentaries restored classics & midnight movies as well as frequent in-person appearances & Q&A sessions with stars & filmmakers.

Single screen specifications include DLP 4K digital projection & 35mm projection with 7.1 Dolby Surround sound.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

(1975) stars Tim Curry as perverted & endearing “transsexual” from Transylvania Dr. Furter; Susan Sarandon & Barry Bostwick as their unfortunate guests Brad & Janet; Meat Loaf as rugged motorcycling business; & author Richard O'Brien as hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. Aero Theater was inaugurated on Montana Avenue in 1940 by Douglas Aircraft Company based in Santa Monica to serve its employees. According to Los Angeles Conservancy during World War II Aero (named after aerospace industry) screened films 24 hours a day to adapt to Douglas's three-shift manufacturing schedule.

Finally there are still several drive-in theaters operating in Southern California so you can enjoy your favorite movies from your car!.