posted on January 28, 2011 00:00
Going to the movies has never been so exciting. Studios and theaters are doing to their best to come up with new, novel ways to bring in audiences and compete for your dollar. To help you folks out there decide on where to go, I've decided to compile a list of the best screens in the Greater St. Louis area to catch a flick. I based my choices on comfort, atmosphere and the amenities each screen has to offer.
Here is what I came up with:
5. The IMAX Theater at Ronnies 20 Cine
As cinema entered the 21st century, the demand for technologies to enhance the film-going experience had increased. In 2005, Wehrenberg Theaters gave audiences what they wanted, bringing Greater St. Louis its first commercial IMAX theater to the Ronnies multiplex. Grab a Pepsi and popcorn, recline that seat and be dazzled by the crystal clear picture and sound in one of the most comfortable bijous in the area. This is the spot to see the latest Hollywood releases in IMAX and IMAX 3D.
Located at 5320 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Sappington, MO, 63126.
4. Theater 1 at the Tivoli Theater
Stepping into the main auditorium of this beloved landmark is like taking a trip back to when going to the movies was an event. The large screen is complimented by a burgundy curtain, orchestra pit and other architectural wonders that take you back to the theater’s 1924 glory days. Renovated in 1995 by Joe Edwards, the man who was instrumental in turning the Delmar Loop into the vibrant neighborhood it is today, it has since found new life as the premiere spot in St. Louis to see the latest specialty, foreign and art films.
Located at 6350 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63130.
3. The Moolah Theater and Lounge
After lying dormant for nearly 20 years, this former Shriner temple has found new life as one of the most unique and beautiful movie houses around. The whopping screen, measuring 20 by 45 feet, is the largest conventional screen within the city limits of St. Louis, ensuring no one has an obstructed view. You can either take a seat on the many leather couches or in the stadium seating on the balcony. Don’t forget to grab a drink or two from the well-stocked lounge before the show. This is a great place to take a date.
Located at 3812 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108.
2. The OMNIMAX Theater at the St. Louis Science Center
Forget the animatronic dinosaurs or the Exploradome. We all know the OMNIMAX Theater is the real reason to visit the St. Louis Science Center. The four-story domed screen wraps around the audience, and with the help of the thundering 15,000 watt sound system, you are put front-and-center of all the mind-blowing action. If you want your senses to be assaulted, the OMNIMAX Theater is the venue for you. Not for the faint of heart.
Located at 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63110.
1. The Mega Screen at the Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine
Words like enormous, gigantic and mammoth hardly do any justice when describing the jewel of the Wehrenberg chain. The Mega Screen is five stories tall, and the sound system not only keeps you blown to your seat, but puts the folks at Maxell and JBL to shame. In addition to being the largest screen in the Midwest, the seats are cozy and the aisles are wide enough that you don’t feel like you have to climb over others to get your seat. All this makes this the best place in Greater St. Louis to catch a flick.
Located at 450 THF Blvd., Chesterfield, MO, 63005.