10 Favorite Movie Theaters in Metro Phoenix
We're guessing you've already noticed that summer is in full effect here in the Valley, but if you happened to have missed the memo and have yet to join the pity party we tend to throw ourselves annually, that's okay. Your friends will make sure you join by incessantly posting temperature photos from inside their cars.
Lucky for us desert dwellers, it's a time-honored tradition for Phoenicians to go to the movies during the brutal summer months to escape the heat (and those obnoxious social media updates about it). Here are our 10 favorite movie theaters (in no particular order) where you can catch the latest blockbuster, cult classic, or indie flick.
Darryle Royal Harkins Valley Art
Harkins Valley Art
Located on Mill Avenue, Harkins Valley Art is Arizona's oldest and longest-operating movie theater. Built in 1940, it still has its original single-operator ticket window, marquee, and neon signage, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Although it's been renovated, you still feel a little sense of time-traveling when you enter the single-screen theater. In the age of bigger equals better, the simplicity is nice. Valley Art usually runs two movies concurrently, and the films are generally independent.
Darryle Royal The Picture Show
The Picture Show at Paradise Valley Mall
In the land of theater monopolies, it's nice to have an option that plays new releases but isn't one of the Big Two. What's even nicer is more affordable pricing and less-crowded theaters, which is exactly what The Picture Show inside Paradise Valley Mall offers. Their regular adult pricing is $8, matinees are $6, and shows before noon cost $5. There's a $2.50 surcharge for 3-D movies, making The Picture Show's affordability unparalleled when it comes to seeing new flicks. Theater-goers find lower prices at the concession stand, too, where hot dogs are $1. Small crowds and a whole lotta bang for your buck make the Picture Show a must-see.
509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ