Cheers at the Movies!

By Chantel Elder

Chantel Elder, Editor
Chantel Elder, Editor

I am not typically a movie goer. I usually opt for my couch, Netflix and a glass of wine while watching a movie and multi-tasking on my computer.  

This Summer however, I have found myself needing to unplug, check out, and be unreachable for a minimum of two hours – making the theater the PERFECT retreat.

My selections of flicks typically are similar to a 15-year old boys. I like the movies that have tons of explosions, espionage plot lines and action. In the last three weeks I have seen Tarzan (Hello Mr. Alexander Skarsgard -You are what dreams are made of!), Jason Bourne (My favorite series of all time – don’t judge) and The Suicide Squad (the booty shorts on HQ make the whole movie and gave me gym goals).

The flicks were just what I needed to get out of a funk and escape the Sacramento heat, but what I really noticed is how much BETTER some of our movie houses are now. As a person that previously never really frequented a theater for all the obvious reasons – no beer or wine, tiny aisles that make bathroom breaks awkward, a serious lacking in the food selection, etc. I was super pumped to discover local theaters adapting to what so many of us have wanted for years! Here are some recent discoveries in our local theaters that have me considering going to the movies more often.

Esquire Imax

Location: 1211 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

My favorite (and the best) 3D theater in town offers beer and wine now! YES!  They also offer assigned seating if you buy your tickets online and more food options other than just candy and popcorn. Pizza and a beer while watching Tarzan on a giant screen in 3D is not a bad way to spend an evening. 

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 27: The entrance to the Esquire IMAX Theatre is viewed on January 27, 2015, in Sacramento, California. Sacramento is the capital city of the State of California and is located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Studio Movie Grill 

Location:5140 Commons Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677

A bit of a trek for the grid dweller but worth the drive if you want to combine dinner AND a movie at the same time. I wondered if clinking forks would bother me in a movie – turns out it doesn’t!  They too offer beer and wine!  This place is the perfect for a date night and is totally worth it. 


Public House Theater

Location: 5440 14th Ave. Sacramento, CA 95820

Hyper local and super chill. This place is without a doubt a favorite local spot that is WAY more than just a movie house – with showings just for kids, the option to rent space for private parties and even bingo! There is pizza and sandwiches to snack on, beer and wine to drink and even football on the screens when there are games on.


The Crest/Tower Theater

Location (Crest): 1013 K Street

Location (Tower): 2508 Land Park Drive

We can’t write a post on movie houses without mentioning Sacramento’s timeless gems The Crest and Tower Theater. The Crest is much more than a movie house and hosts everything from film festivals and movies to concerts and comedians.  And Tower is the very best place to catch an independent film or a viewing of a classic.





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