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Best movie theater

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Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. The Fox Theatre
You say, “Other than the Fox, there’s nothing special about any movie theaters in Atlanta; they’ve all been torn down or split up” and “If only the Fox were a more consistent movie house throughout the year.”
2. Cinebistro
3 The Plaza Theatre (tie)
3. Movie Tavern (tie)
5. Lefont Sandy Springs (tie)
5. NCG Cinemas (tie)

OUR PICKS
1. Fox Theatre
We say, “It isn’t always a movie palace, but when this Midtown jewel brings out the screen, it’s the best movie-going experience in town. The beautifully restored Strand Theatre in Marietta is a close second, especially when it brings classic films and silent-era gems back to the big screen.”
2. Earl Smith Strand Theatre
3. Northlake Movie Tavern
4. AMC Barrett Commons 24
5. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

34 comments Add your comment

Cindy Wakefield

September 4th, 2012
1:44 pm

For me, it depends on the type of movie I’m watching. For big blockbuster action movies, the bigger the screen the better. For me, it’s Atlantic Station or Hollywood 24. But for smaller movies, especially independents, Tara is hands down my favorite.

Deacon C

September 4th, 2012
3:35 pm

The Fabulous Fox!

bigjakeice

September 4th, 2012
3:43 pm

I don’t need fancy surroundings, 3D, or gaming areas in the lobby – just an old fashioned great screen, comfy seats and good popcorn to make my movie experience perfect. That is why I have liked the NCG cinemas that opened a few years back in Acworth, and have added second site in Marietta.

Soupy Sales

September 4th, 2012
3:49 pm

If only the Fox were a more consistent movie house throughout the year… Of the more regular movie venues, I prefer three in-towners: the Tara, the Midtown Art, and the ever-funky Plaza.

Greg

September 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

Aurora in Roswell for family & kid movies. It’s a small, clean, affordable, well run neighborhood theater.

SAWB

September 4th, 2012
4:07 pm

I have always enjoyed movies at Phipps Plaza. It’s a great place to see a film with a generally well behaved audience and the people watching before and after is great not to mention some nice browsing. I just wish they would do away with that dad gum Lego land…

Chris

September 4th, 2012
4:07 pm

My living room with my wife on my right and the remote control on my left.

Atlantarama

September 4th, 2012
4:10 pm

Other than the Fox, there’s nothing special about any movie theaters in Atlanta; they’ve all been torn down or split up. Maybe the Plaza?

If the theater doesn’t have a curtain open before the movie, it’s just a screening room.

Cliff

September 4th, 2012
4:11 pm

My living room with Chris’s wife on my right and the remote control on my left.

HooneyB

September 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

Movie Tavern in Suwannee

Chris

September 4th, 2012
4:19 pm

Cliff, I do have a beautiful and sweet wife so I can understand your comment. Sorry, You gotta find your own ;>)

Kristie

September 4th, 2012
4:25 pm

Discover Mills AMC, hands down the best movie experience.

Coach

September 4th, 2012
4:39 pm

Studio Movie Grill.

cw

September 4th, 2012
4:41 pm

AMC Barrett Commons – wide seats, wide armrests (big enough for 2 arms!), ergo backs high enough to block movements behind you. Smallest auditoriums have bigger screens than most theaters big auditoriums have – in the largest auditoriums, I sit on row 26 and am dead center of the screen. Restrooms on either side of the lobby, with, wait for it, 24 stalls in each restroom!!!!!!! No wait for a stall, ladies! Great rewards program. Nice employees. My home away from home.

William

September 4th, 2012
4:49 pm

Cinebistro Brookhaven

Jon

September 4th, 2012
4:55 pm

Hands DOWN, CineBistro Brookhaven wins this battle. Prices are commensurate if not cheaper than Regal and their policies alone make it a worthwhile experience (21 y.o. or older allowed in any showing after 6pm, zero tolerance for cell phone usage, although I’ve yet to see that “enforced”)…a great experience every time.

Downtown Heffa

September 4th, 2012
4:58 pm

Cine Bistro – Brookhave, Great bar, delicious food, and no kids allowed!

Mel

September 4th, 2012
5:20 pm

Cinebistro hands down.

Big Mone

September 4th, 2012
5:27 pm

I must agree with others that CinéBistro is the best place to see a movie.

Joey the Bull

September 4th, 2012
5:28 pm

For me it is my living room. I have a nice big LG tv, Onkyo system and Polk audio speakers. It does not get any better than watching movies at home. The only problem is you have to wait for movies. I hope someday soon, they will release movies online at the same time they release them to theaters. They already release some movies early online, but it is worth the wait. You spend (just for a couple) a minimum of $25 to go to the movies; gas, time, popcorn and soda, tix. So just save your money and invest in a nice home theater and enjoy your own home cooking, comfortable chairs and ability to use your cell phone during the movie.

Joey the Bull

September 4th, 2012
5:30 pm

Oh and with my wife-even though I bet Chris’ wife is great to have sitting next to you!

aceunderwood

September 4th, 2012
5:31 pm

Look, for all those saying “my home is the best movie theater,” yeah, we get it. I have an awesome set up myself, but there’s something about seeing certain movies with a big crowd that you can’t replicate at home. I’m not gonna give my fave theater on here, ’cause it’ll go the way of Atlantic Station…

kool breeze

September 4th, 2012
5:47 pm

Cine Bistro is the best for regular movies. Best IMAX experience is Mall of Georgia.

Movie Fan

September 4th, 2012
5:49 pm

This one’s easy. CineBistro at Town Brookhaven is hands down the nicest, most comfortable dine-in theater in Atlanta. Plus no one under 21 is allowed in after 6 p.m. Sweet!!

MFG

September 4th, 2012
6:13 pm

Just about any Movie Tavern!

Sargon

September 4th, 2012
6:14 pm

Studio Movie Grill. Great food, great 3-D by Sony, reserved seating, swivel chairs, great service. Movie Tavern is good, too, but not as comfortable seating.

Movie Lover!

September 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

Cinebistro!!!!!! Hands down the best dinner & movie in Metro Atl!

getalife

September 4th, 2012
6:46 pm

My home theater.

Midtowner

September 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

Landmark Midtown. They show just a few targeted previews, instead of the annoying endless stream of nonsense the big chains subject you to before a movie. They have better concessions than most, including an espresso bar, beer, and wine. And the audiences are respectful and appreciative of good flicks.

Eugene & Rusty

September 4th, 2012
8:17 pm

Buford Highway Twin for me. Always a great selection of films, reasonable prices, and the audience really seems to get into the films.

TGP

September 4th, 2012
9:19 pm

LeFont Sandy Springs–great movie selection (a la Tara and Midtown Arts) plus blockbusters, in an old style multiscreen theater where at least the big rooms have leg room.

Kat

September 4th, 2012
9:24 pm

First of all, I’m scared of cw who has an exact row number and spot from which he watches all of his movies. Second, and this is the scary part, he counted all of the restroom stalls to conclude that there are two dozen of them.

I much prefer NCG to Barrett 24 – free refills on popcorn and sodas. And it tastes better! The only problem is that they tend to be surprised when a big movie opens up, and they seem shocked that one register is not enough to handle the load of ticket purchases (and concession items – they do both at their registers, which is nice).

GeorgiaGirl

September 6th, 2012
12:34 pm

I like Lefont in Sandy Springs. Great selection of movies, both blockbuster and indie, plus beer and wine. :)

Lex

September 8th, 2012
12:41 am

CineBistro in Brookhaven!! The food and drinks are good and a nice complement to the movies.