Movies in California

Movie for Two with Soda and Popcorn at Digital Gym Cinema (Up to 42% Off)

Digital Gym Cinema

San Diego

First-run indie dramas, thrillers, comedies, documentaries, and foreign films at a community media-arts center

$33 $19

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

San Francisco

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$12 $6

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Classic Film Series for One or a Family at Warnors Center For The Performing Arts (Up to 53% Off)

Warnors Center For The Performing Arts

Fulton Mall

Classic films played on the first Thursday of each month inside a historic theater

$40 $19

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Two or Four Movie Tickets and Microbrews at Public House Theater (Up to 44% Off)

Public House Theater

Sacramento

Movie theater with a 12-foot screen offers microbrews to enjoy while watching such favorites as “The Princess Bride” and “The Big Lebowski”

$18 $12

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Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown

Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

$29 $15

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Movie, Soda, and Popcorn for Two or Four at American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre

Multiple Locations

Historic cinemas screen festival hits and revivals; upcoming shows include Raging Bull, Jaws, and The Shining

$37 $18

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$19 for Movie Package with Two Tickets, Two Popcorns, and Two Drinks at BlueLight Cinemas ($36.50 Value)

BlueLight Cinemas

Cupertino

Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

$36.50 $19

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Movie Outing for Two or Four with Large Fountain Drinks and Popcorn at Laemmle Theaters - Claremont 5 (Up to 42% Off)

Laemmle Theaters - Claremont 5

Claremont

Nibble popcorn topped with real butter at a five-screen theater that showcases everything from Hollywood hits to foreign art-house cinema

$34.75 $21

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Movie Tickets and Popcorn for Two or Four at Osio Cinemas (Up to 45% Off)

Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

$29 $16

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (Up to 60% Off)

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

AT&T Center

Non-profit film society showcases documentaries, shorts, and features by talented up-and-coming filmmakers at AT&T Center

$75 $31

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1 or 2 Groupons, Each Good for a Movie Outing with Popcorn and Soda for 2 or 4 at UltraStar Cinemas (32% Off)

UltraStar Cinemas

Mission Valley at Hazard Center

Hollywood hits dazzle patrons as they munch popcorn and sip sodas; refills on popcorn and soda included

$35.50 $24

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Two or Six Tickets to Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room Theater (Up to 55% Off)

The Dark Room Theater

Mission

Audiences laugh at film flops while hosts riff on the movie’s flaws

$13.98 $7

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Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.

Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.

The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The historic fountain at the east end of Balboa Park’s El Prado pedestrian walk is a lure for visitors, thanks to its majestic and cooling spray. But a quick turn to the right is the entrance to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, another local draw. For the young, it’s a two story, interactive science playground. For the young at heart, there are sophisticated displays, rotating exhibits and the new, NanoSeam IMAX Dome Theater. Films splayed across the 76-foot wraparound screen plunge viewers into the depths of the sea and out into space, through jungles and between skyscrapers around the planet. Resident astronomers also create new shows monthly, using the latest SkyScan System software. The café near the entrance takes care of hungry visitors with a modest menu, a few tables indoors and patio seating in front of the fountain.

1875 El Prado
San Diego,
CA
US

Its name may contain the word "museum," but The Tech Museum of Innovation prefers not to wallow in the past. Since its earliest days in 1978, it has exhibited the timeless principles of science while also celebrating the latest in technological achievement. In doing so, the institution inspires visitors to apply that same spirit of creative problem-solving to all aspects of life.

  • Size: the mango-and-azure domed building fills 132,000 square feet with hundreds of interactive exhibits and six labs
  • Hands-On Experiments: ride in a jet-pack chair worthy of NASA, feel what it's like to experience an earthquake, or grow jellyfish DNA in a lab
  • Eye-Catchers: the creations inside Social Robots, where visitors design and build robots before dressing them up in hats that a human could never pull off
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Tech Awards Gallery, a showcase of past inventions and inventors from the museum's annual Tech Awards
  • Visiting Exhibit: REBOOT:music lets you create modern music with high-tech devices; try the L?HA! Laser Harp, which substitutes laser light for strings
  • Don't Miss: The Tech Studio, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the prototypes and fabrication of upcoming exhibits?and lets visitors be among the first to test them
201 S Market St
San Jose,
CA
US

The Dark Room is a 50-seat performance space plunked in the Mission’s exact center, serving as a powerhouse of stand-up and underground theater for years. While not a black box, student-run space per se, guests definitely shouldn’t expect any frills at this former bar. Far from bad drapes and the standard comedy club’s brick wall background, this eccentric space pops with personality, including bathrooms plastered in historical tidbits from the SF theater scene from years past. Frequent shows include indie stand up sets, local talent shows and, lately, live renditions of classic TV episodes and a Sunday Bad Movie Night, which is something of a local tradition. For those looking to inquire, The Dark Room also doubles as a rentable space for rehearsals or shows.

2263 Mission St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

Wielding his signature harmonica, delta-blues artist James Cotton has become a legend in blues circles, having started in the Muddy Waters Blues Band and since performed with B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and other renowned artists. Watch the mouth-harp-playing phenomenon soulfully jam to classic blues tunes, such as “Don’t Start Me Talking” and “Sweet Sixteen,” as well as material from his newest record, Giant. Local blues-rockers Deja Blues will open, playing tunes that pay tribute to every style of American blues, from Mississippi Delta to Chicago shuffle to robot blues-rock, which focuses on the loneliness of 0s and 1s.

815 E Olive Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

"Ornate" and "sweeping" only begin to describe the Crest Theatre, whose rich history extends back to 1912, when it was opened as a vaudeville house. Within its gargantuan auditorium, plush seats perch in subtly curved rows while elaborate lights and a sea-blue ceiling wash the space in ethereal hues. Moviegoers settle into the elegant confines to take in both new and classic films, reading the subtitles in a whisper to stuffed animals that forgot their glasses. Out in the lobby, a richly patterned carpet and bronzed floral motif cover the sprawling space as visitors belly up to the bar and snack on high-quality goodies.

1013 K St
Sacramento,
CA
US