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The Definitive Guide to Movie Theaters In Philadelphia

The Definitive Guide to Movie Theaters In Philadelphia

By Brendan Sweeney

Though it may be the age of Netflix n’ Chill, there’s something to be said about the ambience of movie theaters in Philadelphia. Perhaps it’s the fleeting sense of community we feel for the duration of the outing, or the magic of spending $12 on a pack of gummy bears.

There’s a movie theater close by no matter what part of Philadelphia you live in, each with a unique character of its own.

This is the definitive guide to movie theaters in Philadelphia.

1. PFS Roxy Theater

2023 Sansom St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (267) 639-9508

This theater underwent renovations in 2013 when members of the Philadelphia Film Society took it in as their own. It’s a hotspot in October for the Philadelphia Film Festival, but it plays world-class cinema no matter what time of year it is.

2. Lightbox Film Center

3701 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 387-5125

This spot specializes in film and “moving image art”, showing nonfiction, experimental, and international cinema. It’s also a primary location for many of the city’s less mainstream annual film festivals.

3. Ritz East

125 Sansom Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 925-4535

Located on 2nd St, the theater opened with the promise of delivering the best in independent, foreign, and documentary films. It remains strongly committed to its cause and shows no signs of slowing down.

4. Trocadero Theatre

102 N 10th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 922-6888

The former vaudevillian theatre is a reliable beacon for entertainment in the Philadelphia area, with everything from movies on the big screen to live comedy and music.

5. Ritz Five

214 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 440-1184

This is a five-screen movie theater specializing in arthouse films. It also holds distinction as the place where a young M. Night Shyamalan debuted his first feature-length film.

6. Rave Cinemas University City 6

4012 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 386-0869

This movie theater is located right by UPenn, showing blockbusters and new releases. It tends to be relatively quiet, so it’s good for beating a Friday night crowd.

7. Prince Theater

1412 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: (267) 239-2941

At the Prince, they do classic film screenings, as well as opera, dance, and other events atypical of a movie theater. It also offers a glimpse into the past with its retro architecture.

8. Ritz At The Bourse

400 Ranstead St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 440-1181

You’ll find this movie theater to the east of Center City. It shows new releases, avant-garde, and independent movies alike.

9. AMC Broadstreet 7

1600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121
Phone: (267) 687-0166

Formerly the Pearl Theater, this movie theater borders Temple University’s campus in the heart of North Philadelphia.

10. United Artists Riverview Plaza

1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
Phone: (844) 462-7342

This is a basic stadium-seating movie theater, featuring new releases as well as matinees at a discount price.

11. Tuttleman IMAX Theater

222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 448-1200

In typical IMAX fashion, this is a dome-shaped theater tilted at 30 degrees with a state-of-the-art sound system, maximizing the immersiveness of the movie experience.

12. United Artists Main Street Theatre 6

3720 Main St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19127
Phone: (844) 462-7342

This is Manayunk’s go-to spot for movies on the big screen. If the floors of Mad River aren’t sticky enough for you, give this place a try.

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Brendan Sweeney

Brendan Sweeney is a writer and contributor at Philly Views. He can often be found exploring the city, playing a venue, or watching The Office for inordinate lengths of time.

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PFS Roxy Theater
Lightbox Film Center
Ritz East
Trocadero Theatre
Ritz Five
Rave Cinemas University City 6
Prince Theater
Ritz At The Bourse
AMC Broadstreet 7
United Artists Riverview Plaza
Tuttleman IMAX Theater
United Artists Main Street Theatre 6