Like the CGI monster-filled remake of How Green Was My Valley, STL Cinemas combine state-of-the-art technology with classic Hollywood aesthetics. Mainstream blockbusters and independent films happily rub silver-screen shoulders on each theater's marquee, while the retro lounges and concession stands serve enough beer, wine, and classy sweets to keep movie-goers sugar-buzzing—or just plain buzzing—through any double-feature. Voted Readers' Pick Movie Theatre by St. Louis Magazine readers, the Moolah Theatre's single screen is one of the biggest in town, and cinephiles can take their pick of 400 stadium seats, plush leather couches, or balcony seating. Chase Park Plaza Cinemas—nestled inside the Chase Park Plaza Hotel building—boasts five auditoriums with luxury seating. Granite City Cinemas is brand-new with all digital projection. And exposed beams and stage lighting add a vintage touch to Galleria 6's lobby, while its bar provides a lovely backdrop for post-film discussions, screenplay pitches, or outbursts of hard-boiled dialogue and artfully lit cigarette smoke.
Hi-Pointe Theatre first opened its doors in 1922. Unlike other venues built during that era, it was always intended as a place to watch movies?not plays, vaudeville performances, or boxing matches between presidential candidates. Despite its age, Hi-Pointe hasn't had any problem keeping up with current trends. It features a new screen, a booming sound system, and even free Wi-Fi, all while retaining the historical charm and aquamarine seating that visitors have come to adore over the years. Plus, of-age moviegoers can purchase beer and wine at the theatre, and guests of all ages can enjoy Hi-Pointe's reasonably priced popcorn and soda.
MX Movies is not an ordinary multiplex, as guests find out once they sink into the cozy seating, complete with armrests they can tuck out of the way if they want to get closer to a loved one or beloved tub of popcorn. The kitchen serves food that goes beyond the average nachos from a concession stand. Instead, viewers nosh on wraps, flatbread pizzas, even shrimp cocktail, and offer such desserts as brownies and ice cream. Afterwards, movie goers can discuss plot twists or credits font over craft beers in the lounge.
Skyview Drive-In Theater, opened in 1949, has weathered the ravages of multiple tornados, enduring as a two-screen throwback to old-school cinema. When the sun sets, the twin screens display double features of recent Hollywood releases in clear digital format, while FM radio simulcasts the soundtracks. The viewing area?organized so taller cars never cut off smaller cars' sightlines?borders a playground for youngsters and a concession stand with classic movie snacks. Celebrating its roots, the theater occasionally hosts classic car (defined as 1987 or older) night where the driver is admitted free. For first-timers, Skyview Drive-In offers thorough responses to FAQs.
The B&B Windsor 10 entertains moviegoers with cinematic shrines to elegant art-deco-inspired design, modern cinematic technology, and cushy seating. Wall-to-wall screens flood the eyes with even the most minute plot points and DTS digital surround sound in select auditoriums ensures that every car chase, merchandise-friendly catchphrase, and doomed love affair set in space is clearly heard. Select theatres embrace viewers with high-back rocker seats, arranged in stadium-style seating for optimum screen-seeing abilities.
Before hosting moviegoers, the 111,000-square-foot Moolah Temple was home to a colony of pigeons. According to Amy Gill, co-head of the 1913-built temple's restoration team in 2003, the birds were "living in every crack and crevice" among debris, peeling paint, and cracked floors. Thanks to the team's refurbishing, leather couches and love seats, as well as balcony and stadium seating, now adorn the bird-free theater. Moolah Theatre only boasts a single screen, but what it lacks in quantity is made up for in size: its 20-by-45-foot screen showcases everything from the latest Hollywood releases to midnight movie staples such as The Big Lebowski.
Like "The Dude," Moolah Theatre celebrates bowling with eight lanes at its in-house retro alley. Post-flick fun can also include playing billiards, blasting tunes on the StarLink Internet Jukebox, or burping arcade games that ate too many quarters. Some lucky residents even call these amenities home—besides the theater and bowling alley, Moolah Temple makes room upstairs for 40 luxury lofts.