The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Movie Theaters (With and Without Dinner)

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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.

Location Info



AMC Studio 30

2949 Dunvale, Houston, TX

Category: Film

Cinema Latino de Pasadena

2233 E. Southmore Ave., Pasadena, Pasadena, TX

Category: Film

Cinemark Tinseltown USA 290

12920 NW Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Film

Edwards Houston Marq'e Stadium 23 & IMAX

7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Film

Landmark River Oaks Theatre

2009 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Film

Sundance Houston

510 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Film

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You know what else is a stellar movie theater? The remodeled Tomball Cinema 6. That place went from average to fantastic.


the Landmark's seating is just awful comfort-wise. That alone should take it out of the top 5 IMO, despite its stellar programming

James Reed
James Reed

Houston has 10 movie theaters?!?

Kylejack topcommenter

It isn't paid parking if you're reimbursed. So what's the problem with parking, again? And of course, street parking is free after 6 and on Sunday. Like one local businessman said, downtown Houston doesn't have a parking problem, people have a walking a block problem.

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