Movies are your reliable winter escape, and these are your top five options in the Twin Cities:
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
9060 Hudson Rd., Woodbury
This Austin-based chain’s only Minnesota location serves cinephiles, beer lovers, and foodies alike. Every film has a custom pre-show, with supplementary clips for a deeper viewing experience. Servers discreetly bring you snacks and drinks during the movie, like truffled Parmesan popcorn and boozy “adult shakes.” Expect new movies, select older films, and themed events aimed at fans of kung fu and cereal.
The Parkway Theater
4818 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis
Restored recently from its 1931 origins, this theater is not just a movie house. Featuring live music, comedy, and a Tattersall-driven cocktail menu, it doubled down on its Art Deco style, with plenty of bright colors and lush details. Thursdays are classic movie nights.
The Omnitheater at the Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
The newly reopened Omnitheater’s 90-foot digital laser dome screen (got all that?) is only the third of its kind. Learn something, get inspired, and see giant dogs, crabs, or mummies all around you—depending, of course, on what they’re playing.
The Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis
The charming Longfellow neighborhood theater’s mid-century ambience makes waiting for your movie feel like a trip into the decadent past. You may even want to shoot some pictures of your date or your kids pretending they’re on Mad Men. Catch movies that have left other theaters, at a discount.
The ShowPlace ICON
1625 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park
The Shops at West End make the perfect short trip for some good food (Punch Bowl Social, CRAVE) and a luxe movie experience. Order a drink at the bar upstairs, and they almost always tempt you to make it a double. You can bring it right to your (comfy) seat and enjoy it with some frozen yogurt, if you’d like.