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The 8 most badass movie theaters in Dallas

Aaron Miller Published On 09/09/2013 Published On 09/09/2013
Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson TX
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There are a lot of places where you can watch a movie in the Metroplex, but only eight that will make watching Ben Affleck play Batman actually somewhat tolerable. They've all got something unique, be it history, giant screens, or just a shton of booze:

Texas Theatre/Manny Rodriguez

The Texas Theatre
You know the Texas Theatre's place in US history, so we're not gonna revisit that. What's important here is the absolutely awesome deco interior, a solid mix of moderns and classics, and, yes, that's an old-school record player in the lobby.

Inwood Theatre

Inwood Theatre
Sure, it's got one of the top five most glorious pieces of neon in Dallas, 66yrs of history, and a great selection of indie and foreign pics, but the best part: the Love Sacs!

HP Village Theatre

HP Village Theatre
Their Red Room would make David Lynch proud, but their Living Room was built for John Facenda. Plus, you can watch My Own Private Idaho with your own private bartender. Win.

The Angelika

The Angelika
If Kirsten Dunst went to this artsy flick house, she'd be all, "Brrrr, it's cold in here", mostly because it's home to one of Dallas's coldest A/Cs. Mostly.

The Magnolia

The Magnolia
Sure, the parking sucks more than the plot of a Transformers movie, but, located right in the middle of the West Village, it's got arguably the best location of any theater on this list.

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Coyote Drive-In
It's 50% beer garden, 50% drive-in movie theater. We really shouldn't have to explain this beyond that.

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LOOK Cinemas
Look's got seats that auto-recline for the lazy/smart. It's got a giant ATMOS screen. It's got rad drinks. It's got a Nick & Sam's Grill that you can eat while you're reclining with a rad drink while watching a horribly plotted Transformers movie on a giant ATMOS screen.

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1. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 100 S Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080 (Richardson)

The first DFW location of the Austin-based theater chain, the Drafthouse is a place that has both beer (!) and food that's served to you in your movie seat.

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2. Texas Theatre 231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

One of Texas's most historic zoos? theaters, the TT is where Lee Harvey Oswald was finally arrested (!).

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3. Inwood Theatre 5458 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209 (University Park)

A three-screen indie theater that was built in 1947 and screens independent and foreign films, the Inwood also has the Inwood Lounge, a full-service martini bar/general hangout.

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4. Highland Park Village Theatre 32 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205 (Highland Park)

A movie theater playing all of the best movies that are released. Plus, they've got private screening rooms that you can rent out (!) and A FULL BAR. Yup.

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5. The Angelika Film Center 5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206 (Northeast Dallas)

A movie theater inside of Mockingbird Station that does screenings, hosts talks, and presents other film-related events.

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6. The Magnolia Theater 3699 McKinney Ave, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75204 (West Village)

An upscale theater with five screens, The Magnolia's also got a full service restaurant and The Magnolia Bar, a cocktail "suite" where you can get your drink on before (, during,) and after the show.

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7. Coyote Drive-In 223 NE 4th St, Fort Worth, TX 76164 (Fort Worth)

A drive-in movie theater in FW with a full-service bar and concession stand, Coyote shows exclusively double features on more than $600,000 of projection equipment. They've taken the Texas mindset to heart with screens up to 60ft x 90ft and 1,300 parking spots.

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8. LOOK Cinemas 5408 Beltline Rd, Dallas, TX 75254 (Far North Dallas)

Not just what British people hilariously say when they see a "movie theater", LOOK Cinemas is also what you'll say when someone asks you the name of the new booze-and-food-filled luxe theatre on Beltline with 70ft "Evolution" screens and Dolby Atmos cinema sound.

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