Hot Tub Cinema and 5 Other Unique Movie Theaters You Probably Never Heard Of

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There are a lot of great movies coming out this year, and instead of going to a run of the mill theater, why not check out one of these amazing cinemas across the country.

From dinner and drinks to art galleries, these theaters are nothing like the drive-ins you went to as a kid.

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas (San Francisco)

This theater has everything from an art gallery to a full bar with hot foods. You can also enjoy the snack bar with real butter on the popcorn or stay after the movie and relax in the Bistro.

Much of what they offer is purchased from local vendors, and they don’t show any television commercials!

The beautiful design of the building features a large percentage of post consumer grade materials with recycled and recyclable products. It is a must if you are in the San Francisco area.

Nitehawk (New York City)

If you happen to be in New York City, swing by Nitehawk to catch a screening and enjoy food often themed to correspond to the movies. This cinema managed to overturn the prohibition-era law banning alcohol in movie theaters.

Unique Movie Theaters
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In 2011, they became the first dine-in theatre to open in New York and serve alcohol. You can enjoy movies from brunch to midnight while you take advantage of ordering food and drinks throughout the show!

If you happen to have kiddos, there are even special screenings just for parents and babies so you don’t have to get a sitter or worry about disturbing other movie goers with a crying baby.

Alamo Drafthouse (Austin)

If you come here to this theater in Austin, Texas, to watch a movie you can enjoy a wide variety of food and drinks including beers from local breweries, all brought to you by a server while you kick back and enjoy the show.

Unique Movie Theaters
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There also theme nights to keep it exciting, and you won’t ever find any ads on this big screen. We love that they also have family release parties and Kids Camp screenings to benefit local nonprofits.

Regal South Beach Stadium (Miami)

You can watch movies in this cinema while chill-axing in brand new king-sized recliners! Kick back, put your feet up and watch a movie on their IMAXⓇ screen.

If you ran out the door hungry (I always do), there is also a café at the theater where you can grab delicious food and snacks for your viewing pleasure.

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas (Carlsbad)

Enjoy luxury recliners and at your seat service for food and drinks at this luxury cinema in the heart of Carlsbad, California. You can order food from pizza to gourmet entrées, take advantage of the full bar, and enjoy zebra popcorn drizzled in white and dark chocolate.

There are also 3D viewing experiences and amenities galore to make the most of your movie watching.

Hot Tub Cinemas

Probably the most unique movie-going experience we’ve been able to find, at these planned events, there are portable hot tubs set up near two large screens and surround sound inviting you for a soak while you watch a movie.

You can buy a pair of tickets or rent out a whole hot tub, and order drinks from your very own tub waiter.  

7 thoughts on “Hot Tub Cinema and 5 Other Unique Movie Theaters You Probably Never Heard Of”

  1. The theater in Miami with the recliners are excellent! I would love to have a chance to experience that! Maybe sometime when I am in Miami, I can catch a good movie in the Regal South Beach Stadium, with the IMAX screen, recliners, good food and all!

  2. What a unique concept that Hot Tub cinema is! That would be the best spring/summer movie viewing venue! I would also love to watch a movie in a theater with recliners! Nice!


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