Last time I checked there were more than 250 movie screens in the greater Phoenix area. That means that wherever you are in the Valley of the Sun, you probably aren't more than 15 or 20 minutes away from a movie theater. Of course, depending on the hot new movie release of the week, 50 of those Phoenix movie theaters may be playing the same film!
Sometimes, always going to the closest movie theater isn't the point of the exercise.
You might have a 20 theater megaplex nearby, but you'd rather see an art film today. Or maybe you haven't been to IMAX in a year or two. To find out what's playing in your neighborhood theater, it is handiest to use the geographic breakdown of theaters.
This Phoenix-area movie theater listing is arranged by special interest. It just depends on what you are looking for!
Discount Movie Theaters
These movie theaters aren't showing first-run films, but they may not yet be out on DVD or video either. These tend to be older theaters, and may not have stadium-style seating. Discount movie theaters in the Phoenix area often have good deals on concession items as well as ticket prices. Some discount movie theaters have special promotions and deep-discount days.
Silver Cinemas Bell Road
2710 W. Bell Road (I-17 and Bell Road)
Super Saver Superstition Springs
6555 E. Southern Avenue (Power Road and I-60)
1825 E. Elliot Road (Elliot and McClintock)
2140 N. Arizona Ave. (between Warner and Elliot) Chandler 480-821-1605
Dinner and a Movie
You used to be able to do that at Farrelli’s Cinema Supper Club in Scottsdale, but they closed in October 2011. Although they are not club settings like Farelli's, these movie theaters offer a premium seating option with food and beverage service.
- iPic Theater Scottsdale
- UltraStar Cinemas UltraLuxe Scottsdale
- Studio Movie Grill in Scottsdale
- AMC Esplanade Fork & Screen in Phoenix
There is one drive-in left in the Valley:
Glendale 9 Drive-In
5650 N. 55th Avenue
The drive-in movies in Scottsdale closed in August 2011.
On the previous page, we listed places where you can see discount movies, drive-in movies, and a place where you can see a movie while enjoying a nice dinner. Here is more information about special interest movies in the Phoenix area.
Foreign Films in Phoenix
Although they may be found in a mainstream megaplex theater from time to time, generally speaking, the only traditional movie theater with the standard large screen in the Greater Phoenix area where you will find foreign films is the Harkins Camelview theater near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.
Harkins Camelview 5
7001 E. Highland Avenue (Goldwater Blvd. north of Camelback)
In downtown Phoenix, you'll find a unique spot for ages 21+ with a "microcinema setting" called FilmBar. There are 70 seats in a sound-proofed room dedicated to screening new, classic, cult and local independent films. They serve beer and wine and traditional movie snacks.
There's no minimum food purchase.
815 N. 2nd St.
Spanish Language Films
¿Dónde puedo ver películas en español?
Cinema Latino operates Spanish-language movie theatres in the United States and focuses on addressing the cinematic needs of the Latino consumer by way of exhibition and distribution of first-run Hollywood movies subtitled or dubbed in Spanish.
Cinema Latino, es el líder en circuito de cines en español en los Estados Unidos, y se enfoca en dirigirse a las necesidades cinematográficas del consumidor Latino por medio de oportunidades de exhibición y distribución.
Cinema Latino de Phoenix
7611 West Thomas Road (in the Desert Sky Mall)
1-888-588-CINE (2463), press the number 2 for show times in Phoenix
Single Large Screen Movie Theaters
There are three single-screen theaters in the Valley that show regular first-run movies.
All three are owned by Harkins. The Valley Art Theater near ASU is a historic building in Tempe. It was built in 1938 by Red Harkins and used to be known as the College Theater. This single theater was the start of the Harkins movie theater chain, now run by Red Harkins' son, Dan Harkins. They now show art films.
Valley Art Theater
507 Mill Avenue (at 5th Street)
The Cine Capri was a single screen large theater located at 24th Street and Camelback that opened in 1966. Unfortunately, that theater was demolished in 1998. Dan Harkins built the new Cine Capri in conjunction with the Harkins Scottsdale 101 14-screen multiplex. There is also a small museum with memorabilia from the original Cine Capri. In 2007, Harkins opened another Cine Capri at the Tempe Marketplace complex.
Harkins Cine Capri
7000 E. Mayo Blvd (Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101)
Harkins Cine Capri at Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway
There are more than 200 IMAX theatres operating in 35 countries, and we have six of them in town (and there's one at the Grand Canyon). With screens over 8 stories high, you can't just show any movie at an IMAX. It used to be that only short documentary-type films with great effects were shown at IMAX, but there are now popular feature-length films being mastered to fit the IMAX format.
IMAX Theatre at Arizona Mills Mall
5000 Arizona Mills Circle
IMAX at AMC Deer Valley
(I-17 at 101 Loop)
IMAX at AMC Westgate
9400 West Hanna Lane
IMAX at AMC Desert Ridge
21001 North Tatum
IMAX at Dickinson Gateway 12
1935 S. Signal Butte Mesa
IMAX at Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington
How about film festivals? Yes, we have film festivals throughout the year in the Greater Phoenix area.
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria Film Festivals
Almost Famous Film Festival
Almost Famous Film Festival holds its annual 48 Hour Film Challenge on the 3rd weekend of February. Short films. There are also educational workshops for the independent filmmaking community at the event.
Desperado Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
A showcase of filmmaking from the best in the industry featuring films that run the cultural gamut of the LGBT community. Proceeds from this event benefit the Paradise Valley Community College Rainbows Scholarship to promote leadership building, educational support, and career opportunities for Phoenix LGBT youth.
Filmstock Film Festival
Filmstock celebrates the short film format. Filmstock host festival events in four Southwest states including Arizona, to give award-winning filmmakers the chance to show their work to a larger audience.
No Festival Required
Feature-length documentaries, narratives, and experimental and subversive packaged shorts shown at various venues. Not just once per year, check the schedule for future showings.
Phoenix Fear Film Festival
Showcasing the best horror cinema from around the world.
Phoenix Film Festival
The Phoenix Film Festival is an international event held annually in the Spring to celebrate independent film and filmmaking.
Heard Museum Film Festival
The Heard Museum Film Festival features indigenous and American Indian films. Visitors can expect to meet and participate in discussions with filmmakers and/or actors from several of the films.
International Horror and Science Fiction Film Festival
Held in October, this film festival "celebrate those things that hide in the shadows." Films, parties, and mingling with celebrity guests.
Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
The Phoenix Jewish Film Festival presents a program of films to facilitate a stronger sense of identity and belonging within the local Jewish Community. and to reach out to the non-Jewish community to improve awareness and understanding of Jewish culture and experience. There are discussions after the films.
Short Film and Video Festival
An annual outdoor film and video festival to celebrate the artistic and creative endeavors of people with different visions and levels of experience. Free. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. ASU Art Museum.
Scottsdale International Film Festival
The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a four-day event that takes place in late October or November each year.
All information here is subject to change without notice. Please call the movie theater before you go!