It’s no secret that the theatrical movie experience has been a real roller coaster ride over the past few years. Even before COVID-19-related shutdowns forever altered the movie-going experience, movie theaters struggled to adapt to modern audiences’ preferences for seeing new films. Given the popularity of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, Apple TV+, Disney+ and more, many viewers (young and old) were watching new movies at home rather than in the cinema.
There is also a deep inequality in the types of films that studios produce. A movie like Moonlight (which won the Best Picture Oscar) cost $1 million to make; relatively, Avengers: Endgame cost over $350 million. How does this compare to television? High profile streaming projects like The Mandalorian, Dragon House and stranger things routinely costs more than $20 million per episode. With acclaimed films like CODA and The power of the dog headed to streaming and theaters simultaneously, the definition of a “movie” itself is constantly evolving.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s a reason to lose hope. The outstanding box office success of recent films like Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Top Gun: Maverick states that the audience will surrender if they feel there is an “event-like experience”. There is also hope in the specialty box office, as smaller films like Tar, The Banshees of Inisherin and triangle of sadness are doing well this year on a per-screen average.
Not all metro areas have a healthy cultural scene, but Dallas movie fans have a wealth of options available to them. Although some of our favorite cinemas have recently closed, you can be sure you’ll have a rewarding cinematic experience if you watch one of these:
Angelika Dallas Theater
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Looking to catch up on indie films that seem to only air in New York and Los Angeles? Dallas’ Angelika Theater is often the premier show for independent films, documentaries, and international feature films that aren’t usually widely released. If you’re the type of fan who likes to see movies early, you might want to browse your social media pages to see if the Angelika is hosting any previews.
Angelika Plano Theater
7205 Bishop Road, Plano
Like its sister theater, the Angelika in Plano offers the best lineup of diverse movies in the North Texas area. However, both theaters also feature their fair share of classic film screenings and specialty events; last month, theaters held their annual “Hitchcocktober” event celebrating the “Master of Suspense” with screenings of rear window, psychology, Saboteur, String, from north to northwest and vertigo.
The Texas Theater
231 Jefferson Blvd.
In the heart of Oak Cliff is one of the few theaters in North Texas capable of screening classic 35mm prints. Although the Texas Theater screens many mainstream films, it is best known for its diverse lineup of old favorites. In fact, this spooky season saw the screening of horror favorites like Resuscitator, I know what you did last summer, 28 days later, Trick or treats and Nosferatus.
AMC North Park 15
8687 N. Central Highway
There’s no better way to get into the spirit of cinema than walking into a theater surrounded by photos of cinematic icons like Marilyn Monroe, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. You stand among giants! Although “mall theaters” sometimes get a bad rap, the AMC Northpark location is an exception. Luke Wilson of Dallas recently cited the theater as a favorite when chatting with us on 12 mighty orphans.
Cinemark 17 XD and IMAX
11819 Webb Chapel Road
IMAX used to be something you could enjoy at special events at SeaWorld, but it’s become an increasingly popular screening method for Hollywood blockbusters. We’ve recently seen movies like Top Gun: Maverick, Dunesand no time to die use the format for their exhilarating action sequences. If you’re looking forward to the upcoming mega-sequels like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Avatar: The Way of the Water in IMAX, you’ll need to head to the best Cinemark location in the area.
5458 W. Lovers Lane,
Since 1974, Inwood Theater has been the “must see destination” in the North Texas region. With sofas, recliners, a full bar, and even ottomans, Inwood Theater offers moviegoers a home away from home. It is also hosting exciting upcoming events, including a screening for Empire of Light with a virtual Q&A with writer/director Sam Mendes.
LOOK Dine-in Cinemas Dallas
10110 Technology Boulevard E.
It’s not just movies at the LOOK Dine-In Cinema; this premier destination event hosts school trips, religious events, streaming concerts and playgroups. It also offers a full bar and menu with dishes far beyond your typical popcorn and M&Ms.
EVO Southlake Entertainment
1450 Place Place, Southlake
Ever wanted a movie theater in a Dave & Busters? That’s basically what the EVO Entertainment Theater in Southlake is. While you can certainly check out a wide variety of new movies, the entertainment center also offers laser tag, rock climbing, bumper cars, arcade games, a bowling alley, full-service bar, and a restaurant. Drop off your kids to play games while you go see real movies!
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars
1005 Boul. John Botham
The North Texas region is blessed with multiple Alamo Drafthouse locations, with theaters in Lake Highlands, Denton, Richardson, and Las Colinas. We pick the Cedars location in the heart of Dallas as our favorite, though that may just be because it’s the theater that typically hosts the Dallas International Film Festival. You have never seen so many Robotcop posters in the same place!
Cinepolis luxury cinemas
2365 Victory Park Lane
Who said going to the movies couldn’t be a team building experience? The Cinepolis Luxury Theater on Victory Lane hosts specialty parties, cocktail parties, corporate events and more. If you’re here just to check my policemanyou can sign up for the channel’s special loyalty program.