10 Favorite Movie Theaters in Metro Phoenix

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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.

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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.

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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.

Location Info



West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

5650 N. 55th Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Film

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Pollack Tempe Cinemas

1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Film

Picture Show at Paradise Valley Mall

4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Film

iPic Theaters

15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Film

Scottsdale Pavilions

9175 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General


815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Harkins Shea 14

7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Film

Harkins Camelview 5

7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Film

Harkins Scottsdale 101

7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Film

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Should have mentioned Studio Movie Grill. It's the only theater I go to anymore.


The Cine Capri in Scottsdale is actually at the Scottsdale 101 location, not the Shea 14 location for anyone wanting to visit.


@luveey Yeah, if you read the stub, it also mentions that Shea 14 is the host of the Phoenix Film Festival, its not, that's also Harkins Scottsdale 101 - so Im guessing the author probably meant Scottsdale 101 for the entire stub and probably has not visited Shea 14 at all before


@vmo_mail @luveey Thank you both for catching that. We've been to both locations, but mixed up the names. We are fixing now. Apologies for the confusion.

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