The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Movie Theaters (With and Without Dinner)
3. AMC Studio 30
2949 Dunvale, 713-977-4431
AMC Studio 30 has got to have the largest selection of films in the city. Yes, other theaters have lots of screens, too, but they double-book films so one really popular movie plays in three or four theaters at the same time. That's great for offering visitors more starting times, but it cuts down on the number of different films on the schedule. AMC Studio frequently offers foreign language films, both Bollywood and Latin American releases.
Also AMC Studio is home to the World Fest film festival. Every year, it turns over a large number of its theaters to the festival for back-to-back independent film screenings, including international films.
2. Edwards Houston Marq*E Stadium 23 & IMAX
7600 Katy Freeway, 713-263-7843
Marq*E makes our list as one of the most fun theaters to visit. True it has an unfair advantage in before/after screening options for entertainment because the complex has several restaurants and shops right out its door, but its size, variety in offerings, and more or less quiet crowds make it our number two choice for a movie-going experience. There are lots of box office choices, including self-ticketing which is nice, so viewers don't spend a lot of time standing in line.
1. Landmark River Oaks
2009 West Gray, 713- 524-2175
There's no surprise here. Landmark's River Oaks theater is the perfect mix of environment and offerings. The historic building's interior recalls the grand movie palaces of yesteryear, although it was long ago sectioned off to allow for more screens. Parking might require a trip around the block once or twice, but it's free. The films are always popular-but-sometimes-hard-to-find releases, with frequent exclusives and foreign language films. Concessions are what you'd expect in any boutique cinema, but the prices are still manageable and you get friendly service.