At drive-in theaters, the best seats are reserved for punctual elitists and fashionably late monster trucks. Avoid the perils of Hobbesian parking battles by settling into a cozy seat with today's Groupon: for $12, you get two adult tickets and one large popcorn at Cleveland Cinemas (a $24.75 value), with seven theaters to choose from.
With this deal, movie buffs can scarf down popcorn while watching action-packed celluloid at one of seven different locales, including Cleveland Heights' Cedar Lee Theatre, which won a Scene magazine readers' poll for Best Movie Theater. Catch a flick at the historic Capitol Theatre, nestled in the Gordon Square Arts District, a renovated three-screen spot featuring Hollywood, specialty, and 3D films. Arty cinephiles can catch an independent or foreign film at the Cedar Lee Theatre, where the concession stand slings out tasty baked goods, sandwiches, specialty coffees, and more. Many of Cleveland Cinemas' other theaters boast multiple screens, digital sound, a Groucho Marx robot that quips one-liners from the balcony, and stadium seating for ideal movie gawking.
Today's Groupon is not valid for the first two weeks of any movie's release. For 3D movies, there will be an up-charge.
Cleveland magazine editors named Cedar Lee Theatre and Capitol Theatre Best Film Series in 2010 while Cleveland Scene readers selected Cedar Lee Theatre as the Best Movie Theater in a 2010 poll. The Plain Dealer reviewed the Capitol Theatre. Nine Yelpers give the Capitol Theatre an average of four stars. Four Yelpers give Tower City Cinemas a four-star average:
- This venerable Cleveland Heights art house mixes up the best mainstream offerings with the most sought-after independent films. It's clean, it's welcoming — and its concession stand is beyond reproach. – Cleveland Scene, Cedar Lee Theatre
- The main theatre is simply magnificent--the screen is huge, the sound system is superb, and there is actually a decent amount of leg room for those of us taller folks. – Joseph F., Capitol Theatre, Yelp