Thanks to big-screen HDTVs and crystal-clear sound systems, you can create a high-tech movie-viewing experience in your own Springs Twin Cities luxury apartment home. However, there are several unique theaters nearby that make it worth the trip to enjoy a traditional night at the movies as well.
Here are some of our favorite nearby movie theaters perfect for date night or a family outing.
Riverview Theater boasts "21st-century cinema technology in a 1950s style theater." From the retro marquee outside to the classic lobby featuring mid-century furniture, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time, but the state-of-the-art equipment and plush rocker seats provide a modern and comfortable setting. Regular showings are only $2 and $3, with tickets slightly higher for special events such as the sing-along screening of "The Sound of Music" scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.
This historic theater is the home base of the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul and their annual film festival. Everyday showings are a mix of current Hollywood movies and independent films presented by the Film Society. Discount Tuesdays feature $5 admission for all showings along with $3 medium popcorn or soda.
3. Heights Theater 3951 Central Ave NE Columbia Heights 763.789.4992 26 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
If you're a film buff, Heights Theater will feel like paradise. The majestic Beaux Arts-style building, which dates back to 1926, has been restored to its original glory, including a working pipe organ used for silent movies and special events. Films include the best of today's independent cinema along with vintage classics. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at their annual vaudeville show starring local jazz band Patty and the Buttons starting 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 26.
4. The Plaza 1847 Larpenteur Ave E Maplewood 651.287.2700 28 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
This neighborhood theater has been showing movies since 1967. Current programming features today's top second-run films with a set admission price of only $3 for all ages and $2 on Tuesdays. The concession stand has all the favorite movie-time snacks including candy, pretzels and popcorn with real butter, and the theater is staffed by participants in the Lift, a St. Paul organization that provides job skills programs for local youth.
Located a block apart in the Uptown District of Minneapolis, these two theaters are part of the Landmark group co-owned by tech mogul and "Shark" Mark Cuban. Together they offer a wide variety of art-house programming including independent and foreign films and cult classics. Don't miss thrilling special events such as Deconstructing the Beatles' White Album (Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.) and Branagh Theater Live: The Entertainer (Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m.).
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