The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Movie Theaters (With and Without Dinner)
7. Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 RPX
We like the Edwards Greenway Grand Palace, we really do, but we don't like having to pay for parking, we really don't. With offerings in setting, films, concessions and prices that are similar to the other big complex theaters, this about a far up our list as Edwards Greenway Grand Palace is getting.
6. Alamo Drafthouse/Vintage Park
114 Vintage Park , 832-559-5959
One of the newest theater complexes in Houston, Alamo Drafthouse/Vintage Park continues the Drafthouse tradition of offering great films and full service food options. Vintage Park management say it has a strict no talking/no texting rule, which seems to be enforced. There's more space in the theaters (the front row's placed further back than normal) and frequent special programming. It's also one of the few theaters in town that has the ability to screen archival 35mm prints.
5. Santikos Silverado IMAX
24720 Tomball Parkway, 866-420-8626
Santikos Silverado IMAX looks like tourists think a Texas movie theater should look like - it's big and loud and busy. It's also a great family theater with special offerings for kids during the day (it keeps them out of the prime time showings) and a varied film line-up. Santikos gets big points for its fun factor.
4. Sundance Cinemas Houston
510 Texas, 713-223-3456
There are a couple of reasons Sundance Cinemas Houston isn't at the top spot. It offer wonderful films including a series of festival winners not seen elsewhere in Houston, comfortable theaters, a lobby worth spending time in, an art gallery, good concession choices and the crowd it attracts is fine. That's the good stuff. The bad stuff is parking can be a problem There isn't always a lot of it and almost all of it is paid parking (yes, the theater staff will reimburse you for any parking fee), assigned seating discourages spur of the moment visits and - maybe this is just us - but we still haven't gotten over the surcharge issue. Wanna charge $12.50 for the movie, just charge $12.50 for the movie, not $10.50 plus a surcharge.