The spectrum of cinema experiences includes a fair share of red carpet multiplexes as well as throwback theaters with select seating. This list suggests a cross section of every movie viewing taste, from adventurous to comfort driven, with plenty doses of nostalgia as well.
Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16
261 19th St. N.W., Suite 1250
Atlanta, GA 30363
Regal Atlantic is still relatively new to the Atlanta area. Since opening its doors in November of last year, it has already seduced Atlantans with futuristic decor and a cool bar. Regal Atlantic serves food as well in this over 21-style theater. Though there are a few movie houses/restaurants in Atlanta, this particular location caters to patrons looking for a premium experience. Two VIP lounges provide movie goers with the chance to be served while being entertained and the seating is assigned. For some customers, this type of high-class approach to cinema is the only way they can enjoy the big screen.
Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre
2000 Moreland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
Starlight is the last man standing in Atlanta in terms of the drive-in experience. This experience involves watching two movies from the comfort and convenience of your vehicle. Your $8 dollar ticket pays for both, which will usually be a kid-friendly selection followed by a family-friendly action movie. It really is a nice option for parents of young children who can go out in public while still maintaining a bubble of privacy. Of course, it is also easy to bail on the second film if necessary. Adding to the whimsy of the drive-in, the Starlight hosts a swap-meet open on weekend mornings.
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Like the Starlight Drive-In, the Plaza has been around for a long time. It claims to be the oldest running theater in Atlanta. It has experienced some growing pains recently, meaning changing ownership. Most casual movie goers will still be impressed by the retro decor, the curtains are classic and there are still quite a few pieces of vintage furnishing to admire. For those looking for something a little quirky in terms of both visuals and concessions, the Plaza is still the place to visit.
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30308
Perhaps the quintessential “smaller theater” in Atlanta, Midtown Art Cinema delivers on the essentials, offering a good selection of independent films and also serving good beer. The quaint charm of this cinema goes hand in hand with its inherent limitations, meaning that the screen and seats haven’t improved much since the 1980s. The question for those interested in Midtown Art Cinema is whether you will consider it intimate or just nothing fancy.
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AMC North DeKalb Mall 16
2042 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur, GA 30033
North Dekalb will be the most controversial theater on this list. Local audiences enjoy the cheap daytime prices, the eclectic movie choices and the convenience of location, however, it is located within a rather humble mall. Dekalb is a unique melting pot because you can see Hollywood movies and Bollywood movies. There are always plenty of seats, plenty of parking and if you happen to see a movie after the mall closes, you will get to walk through a windowless tunnel to get to your car.
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