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 deal: for $14, you get two tickets to any show (normally $6–$9 depending on show) and two medium soda-and-popcorn combos (an $8 value) at The Loft Cinema, located on Speedway Boulevard. Readers of Tucson Weekly have voted this nonprofit art house Tucson's best movie theater every year since 2003.
The Loft is a nonprofit arts organization that brings independent, foreign, classic, and alternative films to Tucson's experimental moviegoers. As one of Arizona's premier alternative- and documentary-focused theaters, The Loft maintains a flexible number of showtimes and a diverse influx of unconventional films. Nosh on the rare and endangered subspecies, real buttered popcorn, as you take in Academy Award–winners such as The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) or cult classics such as The Breakfast Club and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You can impress your date by choosing an informative documentary, or go for the hand-hold during a French melodrama as you classily pretend to not need the subtitles.
Since transitioning into a nonprofit arts organization in 2002, The Loft has quickly become a hotspot for rare movies in the Tucson area. There is an outdoor patio for non-bloodsucking patrons, and the classic big screen is, like a mountain of ice cream, pleasant to stare at for long periods of time. The concessions provide a variety of alternative refreshments, including vegan cookies and draft beers.
Only valid for general-admission movies.
The Loft Cinema
Since 2002 The Loft Cinema, a nonprofit, has unspooled a constantly changing lineup of independent, foreign, and classic films. The classic big screen in the main theater and secondary screen upstairs flicker with a full schedule of small-run documentaries and feature films. Special themed series—such as Late Night Cult Classics, which exposes night owls to quirky hits, and One Hit Wonders, one-night-only showings of thought-provoking documentaries—bring little-seen titles to life in brilliant 35 mm. An eclectic concession stand dispenses snacks both familiar and creative, including popcorn drizzled with real butter, vegan cookies, craft beers, and licorice boom mics that are slowly lowered over guests’ heads.