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Cinema house is one of the best place any fun loving individuals should be anticipating to visit everyday especially during weekend,holiday or vacation periods.
There are lots of interesting things that happens in movies theatre apart from watching movies, which includes film festivals,live movie performance,movie events and lots of other entertainment activities you can never imagine they exist in cinema houses
The most interesting thing is that you can watch your latest movie or other wide range of your favorite movies with your family or loved ones in the presence of people from all walks of life with super virtual facilities.
Majority of cinema houses offers online ticket purchase and seat reservation so that you can save the date or time for that your favorite movie.
Some might ask why going to cinema,instead of relaxing at home and watch your movies, the reason is that cinema houses offers a great environment that makes your time worthwhile.
Without boring you much,i will give information about some of the best top cinema houses here in USA that offers interesting and great services so that you can choose your next location for best cinema houses to watch your favorite or latest movies .
1. The Alamo Drafthouse Theatre
Location:409 Colorado St, in an Austin, Texas.
Founded by:Tim and Karrie League
The Alamo Drafthouse cinema is founded by Rice University alumni Tim and Karrie League at 409 Colorado St, in an Austin, Texas warehouse district building on Colorado St. (between 4th and 5th) that was being used as a parking garage.
No doubt,Alamo Drafthouse Theatre is the first Top 10 cinema houses in USA because of the top-notch service that distinguished them from other popular Cinema houses
Cool and interesting features in The Alamo Drafthouse:
The company began as a second-run movie theater, and distinguished itself by the food and drink service offered inside the theater, including cold beers. The seating is arranged with rows of cabaret style tables in front of each row of seats, with an aisle between each row to accommodate waiter service. Customers write their orders on slips of paper, which are picked up by black-clad waiters. Soon after opening, the original downtown theater began offering occasional unique programming such as silent movies scored by local bands playing live accompaniment, food-themed films such as Like Water for Chocolate served with a dinner matching the meals shown on screen, and retrospectives of various directors and stars. This includes location-based food options depending on the film setting.
History of Alamo Drafthouse:
In 2001, the Leagues renovated a four-screen art-house theater at 2700 Anderson Lane in North Austin, called Village Cinema, which had recently closed, and opened it as an Alamo Drafthouse which specialized in first-run movies. With this new Alamo Drafthouse Village, the downtown location ceased showing second-run movies and began to concentrate almost exclusively on unusual programming including classics, cult classics, independents, documentaries, special guest appearances, and audience participation shows.
In 2003, the Alamo Drafthouse, under the direction of new CEO Terrell Braly, opened on 13729 Research Boulevard in northwest Austin. The Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek had seven screens, all dedicated to new movies. Almost simultaneously, the Alamo granted their first franchise, which opened in the West Oaks Mall in Houston, Texas. In 2013, the Lake Creek location was closed upon the opening of the brand new, larger, Lakeline location.
In August 2005, Entertainment Weekly named the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema “The #1 movie theater in the country doing it right”.
Every year in September, the Alamo South Lamar location in Austin hosts a week-long film festival called Fantastic Fest dedicated to the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, Asian and “cult” film genres. Alamo Lake Creek holds the annual Zombie Film Festival (Dismember the Alamo) and the Off-centered Film Festival. The Ritz and South Lamar locations also participate in the SXSW Film Festival in March.
Popular events include:
1. Action Pack – patrons are armed with cap guns in order to shoot at the screen during fun action films (often in-house pyrotechnics are performed as well)
2. Austin Air Guitar – each competitor has 60 seconds to perform air guitar to a song of one’s own choosing
3.Austin Air Sex – same as the above except for sexual acts.
4.Big Screen Classics – classic movies shown on a Cinemascope screen
5.Butt-Numb-A-Thon (“BNAT”), an annual 24-hour film marathon in honor of Harry Knowles’s birthday in December, held from 1999-2016 at Drafthouse locations. Following sexual assault allegations against Knowles in September 2017, League said the Alamo had severed all ties with Knowles.
6.Celebrity Guests – special event where a famed film industry person or star speaks
7.Cinema Cocktails – bar service with at-seat waitered service during movies at the Ritz location
8.The Dionysium – monthly arts variety show including debate panels, lectures, forums, and socializing.
9.Filmmaking Frenzy – ongoing filmmaking competition with annual awards
10. Food & Film Events – special meal service for certain movies
11.Foleyvision – films which replace original audio with live commentary; formerly “Buzz Moran’s Kung Fu Masterpiece Theater”
12.Kid’s Club – free children’s movie screenings last Saturday each month
13.Master Pancake Theater – live movie mockery; a panel of comedians mock a movie as it is shown with live comedy voice-overs, real-time commentary, and some pre-selected movie editing; a successor to the former special event “Christmas Show”;content frequently Rated R. Previously called “Mister Sinus Theater”, until a cease and desist court order filed by Best Brains, holder of the Mystery Science Theater copyright, brought about the name-change.
14.MondoCon – Taking place the first weekend of Fantastic Fest, it focuses on the art and artists behind Mondo’s posters and other collectibles. It also offers exclusive items, panels and screenings with filmmakers and artists.
15. Mondo Mystery Movie – infrequent event where the movie is unknown until it’s played. Typically admission includes a poster.
16. Music Monday – weekly Monday music-related film showing
17.Open Screen Night – weekly; patrons show their own videos
18.Quote-Alongs – patrons can sing, quote, and perform along with a movie, typically a cult film
19. Rocky Horror Picture Show – weekly live performance tribute to the movie of the same name
20.Rolling Roadshow Tour – somewhat annual 35mm movie screenings of famous movies in famous film-related locations across the United States
21.Sing-Alongs – patrons sing along to musical films or a collection of music videos
22.Terror Tuesdays – weekly horror movie showing
23.Weird Wednesday – weekly eclectic movie showing for $1 at midnight
2. The castro Theatre
Location: 429 Castro Street, in the Castro district,San Francisco
Owned by:The Nasser brothers
The Castro Theatre is a popular San Francisco movie palace which became San Francisco Historic Landmark #100 in September 1976.
Located at 429 Castro Street, in the Castro district, it was built in 1922 with a Spanish Colonial Baroque façade that pays homage—in its great arched central window surmounted by a scrolling pediment framing a niche—to the recently rebuilt basilica of Mission Dolores nearby. Its designer, Timothy L. Pflueger, also designed Oakland’s Paramount Theater and other movie theaters in California in that period.
The theater has over 1,400 seats (approx 800 downstairs and 600 in the balcony).The theater’s ceiling is the last known leatherette ceiling in the United States and possibly the world.Another leatherette ceiling was demolished just a few years ago.[where?] To make the ceiling look as though it is leather requires a special technique regarded as lost today.
The Nasser brothers, who built the theater and still own it, also owned several other movie houses in the San Francisco area. The interior is luxurious and ornate, with subtly convex and concave walls and ceiling and a dramatic “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ that is played before films and events. The large neon “Castro” sign is emblematic of both the theatre and the Castro District.
Popular events includes:
Today, the Castro Theatre hosts repertory movies, film festivals, and special events, including gay and multicultural focus such as
1. The San Francisco International Film Festival
2.Frameline: the SF International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
3.Noir City: The Film Noir Festival.
4.The SF International Asian American Film Festival
5.The SF International South Asian Film Festival
6.Berlin and Beyond: German Film Festival.
7. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
8.SF Indiefest, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
9. Midnites For Maniacs, and the Shock It To Me! Classic Horror Film Festival.
In recent years, the Castro has been the site for gala tributes to many legendary Hollywood stars including Tony Curtis, Ann-Margret, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Russell, and Sandra Dee—many of the events produced by local impresario Marc Huestis.
Cool features in castro theatre:
The theater can project modern digital formats such as 4K DCP with 5.1 Dolby sound and can accurately reproduce the classic silent film experience by projecting custom frame rates anywhere between 12 and 30 frames per second, including the ability to speed up or slow down during a film.
The Castro is capable of showing 70 mm films and is one of the few theaters in the world that can show a 70 mm film with separate DTS soundtrack.
3.The Senator Theatre
Location:5904 York Road in the Govans section of Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Owned by:Buzz and Kathleen Cusack
The Senator Theatre is a historic single-screen Art Deco movie theater located at 5904 York Road in the Govans section of Baltimore, Maryland 21212. It shows first run movies as well as classics.
The theater ceased showing first-run films on 15 March 2009. New managers Buzz and Kathleen Cusack renovated the theater and reopened it on 15 October 2010. The theater closed again for renovations on 26 April 2012. It has since reopened, with three smaller theaters adjacent to the main one.
Originally opened in 1939, this single-screen, 900-seat Art Deco landmark has been fully restored and currently shows first-run titles (you can go see Super 8 there this weekend). Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the theater’s lobby includes the original terrazzo floors and murals, and the 40 foot curved screen is revealed at each screening by the opening of a massive gold curtain. In recent years, the Senator has faced threats of auction and foreclosure, but it has managed to stay open thanks to support from the community and City of Baltimore. Our own Judy Berman sings the Senator’s praises: “They’ve had all kinds of trouble staying open, and ownership has changed hands many times, but no matter who owns it, nothing beats the experience of seeing a film in one of America’s few remaining classic movie palaces.”
4.The New Beverly
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Owned by:Sherman Torga
This famed house in the Fairfax district of LA dates clear back to the 1920s, when it was originally opened as a vaudeville house and later converted into a nightclub. It became a movie theater in the 1950s, and went through several changes of name, ownership, and programming before Sherman Torgan took over in 1978. Torgan’s philosophy was simple: Double features, comprised of both new and classic films, covering all genres. With its frequently oddball and obscure films, the theater was a favorite hangout of Quentin Tarantino, so when the venue went up for sale after Torgan’s death, Tarantino bought it, leaving the operations to the Torgan family but occasionally programming festivals and double-features himself.
The 300-seat New Beverly Cinema was designed by architects John P. Edwards and Warren Frazier Overpeck, and opened in 1929, apparently as a candy store. Over the years, its name and purpose changed quite a lot.
Once it became a theater, it hosted vaudeville acts such as Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, and others. Later, the theater was converted into a nightclub called Slapsy Maxie’s, named after the boxer and film actor Maxie Rosenbloom.
In the late 1950s, the space was converted into a movie theater, with several incarnations, including he New Yorker Theater, the Europa (specializing in foreign films), the Eros (pornographic films), and finally the Beverly Cinema.
5.Film Forum Theatre
Location:New York, NY.
Owned by:(Non-profit organisation).
Originally a one-screen alternative venue with fifty folding chairs, Film Forum is now a three-screen house in the West Village that screens new foreign and independent films along with a rotating schedule of classics and carefully-curated retrospectives. Quite simply put, there’s no better destination for cinephiles in New York (which is a big city for them); not only has the Forum premiered recent indies like Meek’s Cutoff and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, but they’ll do one-and-two week, five-shows-a-day runs of classics like La Dolce Vita and Breathless. However, their mini-festivals are the real attraction; often bundled in double and even triple features, they’ve recently presented retrospectives of the work of Anthony Mann, Preston Sturges, Buster Keaton, and Sergio Leone, in addition to their famed “Pre-Code” festivals of films from the surprisingly permissive early 1930s.
Film Forum is a nonprofit movie theater at 209 West Houston Street in Hudson Square, Manhattan. It began in 1970 as an alternative screening space for independent films, with 50 folding chairs, one projector and a $19,000 annual budget. Karen Cooper became director in 1972. Its current Greenwich Village cinema (on Houston Street, west of Sixth Avenue) was built in 1990. Film Forum is a 4-screen cinema open 365 days a year, with 280,000 annual admissions, nearly 500 seats, 60 employees, 4500 members and an operating budget of $5 million. Film Forum is the only autonomous nonprofit cinema in New York City and one of the few in the United States of America. In 1994, Film Forum was honored with a Village Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, even though it is technically in Soho. In 2018, the Film Forum had a major renovation, adding new seats (and in turn, more leg room) and a fourth theater.
Film Forum presents two distinct, complementary film programs – NYC theatrical premieres of American independents and foreign art films, programmed by Karen Cooper and Mike Maggiore; and, since 1987, repertory selections including foreign and American classics, genre works, festivals and directors’ retrospectives, programmed by Bruce Goldstein. Their third screen is dedicated to extended runs of popular selections from both programs, as well as new films for longer engagements. In January 2013 Goldstein started a series called Film Forum Jr. which shows a classic film appropriate for children and their parents.
Location: Traverse City, MI
Owned by:Michael Moore
You wouldn’t expect to find a world-class movie house in Traverse City, but Michigan native Michael Moore and a thriving local arts community brought the long-dormant State, originally built in 1918, back to life — first as the venue for the Traverse City Film Festival, then as a year-round art house operated by that group. Their schedule mixes art-house fare with special film events and 25-cent matinees of family and classic movies. Plus, the State offers an incentive for summer movie-going — if the temperature hits 100, admission is free. (Big,
The State Theatre is located on East Front Street in downtown Traverse City and was founded and built by Julius H. Steinberg in 1916 and named the Lyric Theater and rebuilt in 1923 after a fire. It showed the first talking movie seen in Northern Michigan in 1929 when it was known as the Lyric Theatre. It was destroyed by fire in 1948. It was rebuilt in 1949 in an art deco style and renamed the State Theatre. In 1978, the theater was twinned.
It closed down in 1991, when the cinemas at the Grand Traverse Mall opened, and mall cinema owners GKC wanted business at those new theaters. GKC (now Carmike) placed a deed restriction on subsequent owners of the State to prevent them from showing certain major Hollywood films. The theatre was revitalized before being used during the Traverse City Film Festival which began in July 2005. On November 17, 2007, the community celebrated the grand opening of the theater as a year-round art house. The building was restored through hundreds of volunteer hours and financial support of director Michael Moore. In addition to Michael Moore, many other contributors provided financial support that helped in the long process of re-opening the State Theatre.
7.The 21st Street Warren Theatre
Location:west Wichita, Kansas, United States
Owned by:Bill Warren
I’ve been to theaters across the country and never seen one that approaches the style and luxury of this giant multiplex in west Wichita. Originally opened in 1996, the deco-style lobby has marble floors and hand-painted murals; the huge auditoriums all feature THX sound. Last year, after adding on several new stadium auditoriums in the years since its opening, the theater added an IMAX venue, with a 600′ screen that is currently the biggest in the world. Owner Bill Warren also operates an east-side multiplex and a downtown seven-screen with food and drink service to all seats in all auditoriums.
Warren Theatres is a movie theater chain based in Wichita, Kansas, United States. While the company was founded by Bill Warren, he sold ownership of all Warren Theatres locations to Regal Entertainment Group in 2017.
As of December 2010, the Warren Theatres owns and operates eight theatre complexes in three states. Warren Theatres operates five theatres named the Warren Theatres, with three in Wichita, Kansas, one in Moore, Oklahoma, and one in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.Warren Theatres also operates one theatre named the Palace Theatre, which runs movies typically right before they are released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and a small theatre called Movie Machine which is located in Towne West Square mall.
Warren Theatres’ IMAX was at one point the top grossing IMAX in North America.
The Warren Theatres location in Old Town Wichita is a main venue for the Tallgrass Film Festival, an international, independent film festival.
Cool Features to expect in Warrens theatre:
Some of the screens at the West 21st street and East 13th street locations feature digital 3D projection, while the rest feature digital projections. Modeled after the classic art deco theaters in the 1950s, theatres includes marble floors and counter-tops, neon lights, and hand-painted murals.
A fan favorite at the Warren Theatres is the VIP balcony’s reserved seating, with at-your-seat food delivery to a private bar just outside the auditorium. Warren Theatres received national acclaim when Flaunt Magazine named the chain the top theater builder in the nation.
Every screening room in the Moore Warren is equipped with Dolby Digital Cinema, Dolby 3D, Dolby 7.1, and THX certified audio systems.
8.AFI Silver Theatre
Location:Silver Spring, Maryland,north of Washington, D.C. in the United States.
The original Silver Theater was built in 1938 and designed by noted atmospheric architect John Eberson; earlier this decade, it was restored by the American Film Institute, which added two new stadium auditoriums to create a three-screen complex that specializes in new independent films as well as classic repertory titles (they’re currently running summer-long Hitchcock and Rohmer retrospectives). Consequently, the Silver offers the best of both worlds: two sparkling new screens, and one American classic. (Credit due to Wil McMillen and Rachel Hull for flagging it.)
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center or commonly known as AFI Silver is a three-screen movie theater complex in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. in the United States. It plays both modern art-house and independent films, alongside a slate of classic films. It is run by the American Film Institute.
Cool Features to expect in AFI silver:
The theater reopened in 2003. It features the ability to show 16mm, 35mm, DLP digital projection and 70mm vertical, HDCAM, Betacam, Betacam SP/SX, DigiBetacam, DVCAM, Mini DV, DVD, VHS, Blu-ray, D5, and DVCPRO all in state-of-the-art projectors.
The theater regularly exhibits classic films in series defined by Genre (Such as Westerns), Era (90s Cinema), Elements Featured (Disco), Film Components (Technicolor) Franchise (Indiana Jones) Star (John Wayne), Director (Steven Spielberg), Composer (John Williams) or Screenwriter (Dalton Trumbo)
Popular Events includes:
1.The AFI Silver hosts the annual AFI Docs documentary festival (formerly known as Silverdocs).
2.It also hosts the Washington, DC events of the annual 48 Hour Film Project, which was founded by Mark Ruppert in Washington.
Other notable annual film festivals include The Latin American Film Festival during The Fall (which began in 1989) and the European Union Film Festival in November (1987).
9.The Uptown Theatre
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Originally opened as the Lagoon in 1913, remodeled and renamed in 1929, rebuilt after a fire a decade later, the Uptown is one of the oldest theaters in the Twin Cities and boasts the city’s biggest screen and only operating balcony, in addition to the original murals and iconic 50-foot tower sign. Now operated by the Landmark chain, the programing skews independent and foreign, complimented by midnight movies — including a long run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This new Uptown Theatre re-opened on November 16, 1939, with The Women. It was designed in streamline moderne, with two incised roundels on the exterior stone facade that portrayed themes of travel and adventure in cinema. Murals in the auditorium depict early explorers gazing at the future Minneapolis and the Father of the Waters presiding over water sprites that symbolize the lakes of the city.
The Uptown closed in 1975 but was purchased and re-opened by the Landmark Theatres chain in 1976. After years of classic double features, the theater began screening foreign and independent films starting with The Coca-Cola Kid in November 1985. The building was deemed a heritage site in 1990 and soon after remodeled their lobby to re-create art moderne and neo-baroque elements.
Landmark closed the theater on January 31, 2012 for renovation and upgrades.The theater re-opened September 14, 2012, showing Sleepwalk with Me. The new design added a full bar and replaced 35mm with digital projection.
Cool Features in uptown theatre:
The structure has a 60-foot tower that once featured a revolving beam of light marking the Uptown area of Minneapolis and could be seen for miles around. It was the first three-sided vertical tower sign in the country and had to be approved by civil aviation authorities.
The theater stands at one of the busiest intersections in the Uptown area (Hennepin-Lagoon) and has been a landmark in the area for decades. It is also one of the few cinemas in the midwest that offers balcony seating.
The Uptown screens mostly foreign and art films and runs cult films at midnight screenings. It ran The Rocky Horror Picture Show from May 19, 1978, through 1997. The film returned on a monthly basis in 2009.
The theater is known for its often clever and amusing marquees.
10.The Paramount Theatre
Owned by:Adolph Zukor
This gorgeous art-deco venue, designed by Timothy L. Pflueger (who also designed the Castro), opened in 1931; as with so many of the great movie palaces, it fell into decline and neglect thanks to the one-two punch of television and the rise of the multiplex. It was rescued by the Oakland Symphony, the City of Oakland, and private donors in the early 1970s, painstakingly restored, and reopened in 1973. The Paramount is now on the Register of Historic Places and is a national historic landmark; they currently rotate classic films with music and comedy concerts. (Thanks to Flavorpill’s Leah Taylor for putting this one on the radar.)
The Paramount Theatre is a 3,040-seat Art Deco concert hall located at 2025 Broadway in Downtown Oakland. When it was built in 1931, it was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast, seating 3,476.Today, the Paramount is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, it regularly plays host to R&B, jazz, blues, pop, rock, gospel, classical music, as well as ballets, plays, stand-up comedy, lecture series, special events, and screenings of classic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Era.
The Paramount Theatre was built as a movie palace, during the rise of the motion picture industry in the late 1920s. Palace was both a common and an accurate term for the movie theaters of the 1920s and early 1930s.In 1925, Adolph Zukor’s Paramount Publix Corporation, the theater division of Paramount Pictures, one of the great studio-theater chains, began a construction program resulting in some of the finest theaters built. Publix assigned the design of the Oakland Paramount to 38-year-old San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger, (1892–1946) of Miller and Pflueger. The Paramount opened at a cost of $3 million on December 16, 1931.
Pflueger was also the designer of the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The Art Deco design referred to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. The term Art Deco has been used only since the late 1960s, when there was a revival of interest in the art and fashion of the early 20th century.
Cool features in paramount Theatre:
Its exterior, with its 110-foot-high (34 m) tile mosaic of enormous[clarification needed] figures and a projecting Paramount sign which can be seen up and down the street, is impressive,but it is the interior that rises to unequaled heights.[according to whom?] A 58-foot-high (18 m) grand lobby, with side walls made of alternating vertical bands of warm green artificial light panels and muted red piers, and with both ends and ceiling decorated with an almost luminescent grillwork, forms a regal introduction.
Rare and costly materials are everywhere: hand-adzed quartered oak, Hungarian ash crotch, bird’s-eye maple, Balinese rosewood, Malaysian teak, and Italian marble. The auditorium is unmatched for its refulgent splendor, with gilded galaxies of whorls and gold walls with sculpted motifs from the Bible and mythology. Outside and in, the Paramount radiates the dream-world escapism with which sought to beguile its customers.The Paramount organ was built by Wurlitzer for the Paramount Publix theaters: a four-manual, twenty-rank model called the Publix I (Opus 2164), which cost $20,000 in 1931.
Popular events include:
1.The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 in Oakland. They held elegant events that honored such screen legends as Clarence Muse, Hattie McDaniel, Billy Dee Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, and Danny Glover with the Oscar Micheaux Awards. Some of the events were hosted at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. In 2001 Harry Belafonte, Eubie Blake and Diahann Carroll was inducted in the Filmmakers Hall of Fame at the Paramount.
2.1995 – Poet Maya Angelou read from her work at a benefit at Paramount for the St. Paul’s Episcopal School.
3.1999 – Actress Halle Berry was at the Paramount for the premiere of Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, an HBO docudrama.
4.2007 – Former Congressman Ron Dellums was sworn in on Monday, January 8, as Oakland’s 48th mayor in a public ceremony at the Paramount Theatre. A crowd of 1,900 people gathered for the ceremony.
5.2011 – Hosting of the premiere for the 2011 film Moneyball. The cast as well as some Oakland Athletics players and executives attended the premiere.
6.2012 – Abel Gance’s film Napoléon had four screenings from March 24 to April 1 as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Accompanied by a live orchestra, Napoléon was shown at the original 20 frames per second and ending with a 20-minute final triptych sequence. These, the first US screenings of British film historian Kevin Brownlow’s 5.5-hour-long restored version, were described[by whom?] as requiring three intermissions, one of which was a dinner break. Score arranger Carl Davis led the 46-piece Oakland East Bay Symphony for the performances.