The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced, and in honor of the award season we’ve rounded up the best BARTable movie theaters. From “La La Land” to “Moonlight,” take BART to see all of 2017’s most talked about movies. Don’t forget, the Oscars air Feb. 26, so you have a lot of films to watch between now and then.
Best theaters to wine and dine
Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
The Rialto Cinemas in El Cerrito features a great mix of first run films as well as independent, foreign and classic films. Nosh on popcorn, snacks plus beer and wine, all of which is delivered right to your seat. Catch the newest Pixar flick or see a live performance from the National Theatre, all under one roof. Take BART to El Cerrito Plaza Station and walk 6 minutes to San Pablo Avenue.
Cine Grand Fremont 7
Catch a Hollywood or Bollywood film and enjoy popcorn, samosas and other Indian snacks at the Cine Grand Fremont 7. With big, comfy reclining seats, you’ll feel right at home here. Take BART to Fremont station and walk 8 minutes.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
The highly-anticipated San Francisco debut of this Austin-based movie house, bar and restaurant, lives up to the surrounding hype. The restored 1920s theater features an on-site bar, a buzzworthy lineup of new releases and indie films, plus meals delivered to your theater seat. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Take BART to 24th Street Mission Station and walk 5 minutes.
The New Parkway Theater
A community-centered cinema and pub located in Uptown Oakland, The New Parkway Theater isn’t your typical movie theater. Sit back and relax in cozy couches, enjoy popcorn and other goodies from the café and bar, all delivered to your seat. With tickets usually running $10, $5 specials on Mondays, Karma Wednesdays (pay as you wish), plus discounts for students, seniors and cyclists who bring their helmets in. Did we mention kids three and under are free? Treat yourself or your family to a movie night and support local theaters. Take BART to 19th Street/Oakland Station and walk 9 minutes to 24th Street.
Best theaters to catch the latest Hollywood Blockbuster
Photo courtesy of CinemaTreasures.org.
CineLux Chabot Cinema
Don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for tickets, popcorn and snacks? CineLux Chabot Cinema offers some of the lowest prices for tickets, with regular price of tickets around $8.50 and specials for “Terrific Tuesdays” being $5 all day. Take BART to Castro Valley Station and walk 14 minutes to Castro Valley Boulevard.
Century 16 Bayfair
A 16-screen theater in the heart of San Leandro, Century 16 Bayfair plays all of the latest Hollywood blockbusters in a stadium-style seating. Catch a matinee and hop over to the Bay Fair Center after for some retail therapy. Take BART to Bayfair station and walk 6 minutes.
Century at Hayward
Multiple screens, stadium style seating, popcorn and other goodies all found at Century at Hayward. Take BART to Hayward Station and walk 9 minutes.
Landmark Theaters Embarcadero Center Cinema
If you’re in the Financial District and are itching to see a new movie, the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema is the perfect place to see blockbuster films and indie flicks. Take BART to the Embarcadero Station and walk 6 minutes.
Century 20 Daly City
Reclining seats, delicious surrounding restaurants, an XD theater and an awesome arcade? These are just some of the features at Century 20 Daly City. Take BART to Daly City Station and walk 7 minutes.
AMC Metreon 16
The AMC Metreon 16 is arguably the best place to catch an IMAX movie in the Bay Area (and maybe even the country). With amazing surround sound, 3D effects and more, you’ll feel like you’re inside the movie at this theater. Take BART to Powell Street Station and walk 6 minutes.
With multiple theatres, stadium seating and even caramel popcorn catch the latest
block buster, shop until you drop and then enjoy a movie. All located inside the Shops at Tanforan, take BART to San Bruno Station and walk 7 minutes.
Best Theaters Near Shopping
Built in 1941, The Orinda Theatre serves as the centerpiece for the adjoining Theatre Square.
Regal Cinemas Jack London 9
You can see the latest block busters, enjoy a good meal, or have a drink, all in the same place. Regal Cinemas in Jack London Square is the perfect post-dinner date spot. Are you and your sweetie on a budget? Have date night on Tuesdays or Sundays where admission is $5. Take BART to 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station and walk 14 minutes or hop on the Free Broadway “B” Shuttle toward Jack London Square.
Opened during the tail end of Hollywood’s golden age in 1941, the Orinda Theatre is a multi-story complex filled with shops, services and dining establishments. Besides new-release screenings, the theater also offers free showings of classic films on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm. Take BART to Orinda Station and walk 6 minutes.
Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD
Want to take a break from shopping? Catch all the newest movie releases under the dome at the Century San Francisco Centre 9 inside of the Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre. Offering movies in XD, sit back and enjoy a nice cold beer with your popcorn. Take BART to Powell Street Station and walk 2 minutes to Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre.
Best theaters to catch an Indie flick
Photo courtesy of Rialto Elmwood.
Find yourself on College Avenue with nothing to do? The Rialto Elmwood features a diverse mix of films including films from Hollywood and an array of independent and foreign films from around the world. While you’re in the area, fill up on some amazing food at these restaurants. Take BART to Rockridge Station and walk 15 minutes to College and Ashby avenues.
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
Featuring an eclectic mix of Hollywood favorites, foreign language cinema and independent films, the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas located in downtown Berkeley is a mecca for movie-goers, art-lovers and food-connoisseurs. With the addition of LOT 68, a stylish bar and café adjacent to the lobby, guests are invited to wine and dine before, during or after a movie. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley Station and walk 2 minutes.
San Francisco Cinematheque
Since its founding in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque has become one of the most knowledgeable and respected showcases of experimental film and video in the world. Presenting 35 to 50 different programs every year, you won’t catch a Hollywood film here, but rather take in movies that lead to thought-provoking discussions. Take BART to Powell Street Station and walk 4 minutes.
Oldies but goodies
Photo courtesy of Franck Bohbot.
The Roxie is the oldest continuously operated cinema in the United States, and the second oldest in the world. Opening its doors in 1909, the Roxie, over the course of 108 years, has been home to virtually every aspect of cinema. Take BART to 16th Street Mission Station and walk 3 minutes to this historic landmark.
Built in 1913, “The Cal", plays a mix of Hollywood favorites and edgy independent fare. Originally a live stage theater, The Cal is known for its fleur-de-lys motif. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley Station and walk 5 minutes.
Built in 1931, you can’t help but marvel in the beautiful art-deco architecture all around The Paramount Theater in Oakland. On select Fridays, you can catch a retro-flick return to the big screen and return to Hollywood's Golden Era. Paramount Movie Classics Night features 35mm film prints, a newsreel, cartoon, previews and prizes in the Paramount's own game of chance "Dec-O-Win”. Take BART to 19th Street/Oakland Station and walk 5 minutes to the Paramount Theatre.