5 Unique Spots To Catch A Movie In St. Louis

Autumn is the perfect time of year to curl up with an extra-large popcorn in a warm theater with friends—and luckily, St. Louis is home to an array of unique and historic cinemas. And don’t miss the St. Louis International Film Festival, now through Nov. 12, which boasts an array of exciting new work from filmmakers working across the country.

Whether you’re in the mood to take in an art-house film or indulge in a throwback film, these five unique spots to catch a movie in St. Louis won’t disappoint.

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Tivoli Theatre
Head down to the Delmar Loop and catch a movie at the Tivoli Theatre, which has entertained St. Louis with cinema ever since its opening almost 100 years ago, in 1924. Complete with three screens, a full bar and all of the art-deco-inspired touches you’d expect of the 1920s, the Tivoli is a must-visit destination for fans of indie and foreign-language films. In the mood for a movie marathon? Check out the Tivoli’s lineup of film festivals, which rotate regularly throughout the year.

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Landmark Plaza Frontenac
For a great independent, avant-garde or foreign flick, look no further than the Landmark Plaza Frontenac. After opening in the late ’90s, the theatre made a name for itself as a go-to destination for under-the-radar and limited-release films, recently showing critically acclaimed films like “The Florida Project” and “Loving Vincent.” The theatre also plays host to a slew of film festivals throughout the year, featuring work from both student filmmakers and well-known directors.

Hi-Pointe Theatre
Touting the title of St. Louis’ oldest theatre is the Hi-Pointe. Originally built in 1922, the Hi-Pointe Theatre has played host to nationally released and independent films alike, and expanded to include its sister theatre, the Hi-Pointe Backlot, in 2015. If you’ve worked up an appetite during your movie, don’t miss the Hi-Point Drive-In, which backs up to the Hi-Pointe Theatre and serves up delicious diner-style food seven days a week.

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Moolah Theatre & Lounge
Renovated to its original radiance in 2004, the Moolah Theatre & Lounge is conveniently located in Midtown St. Louis and provides moviegoers with a comfortable, upscale viewing experience. We’re not kidding: you can watch your favorite films from the comfort of plush leather couches cozied up to the screen. And just because the movie ends doesn’t mean that the night is over. Don’t miss Moolah Lanes, an in-house retro-inspired bowling alley complete with eight lanes, pool tables and more.

Chase Park Plaza Cinema: One step into the Chase Park Plaza feels like you’re instantly transported back in time, and the iconic hotel’s in-house cinema only adds to the property’s historical splendor. Grab dinner at trendy in-house restaurant The Preston and then catch a movie at the Chase Park Plaza Cinema for the full staycation experience at this historic St. Louis property.

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