If you're looking for a unique night out, several theaters in the Seattle area serve alcohol, whether that means a Bud Light or a full bar—but it hardly matters. A movie with a drink in hand is far superior to a movie with a mere soda and popcorn by your side. Seattle’s 21+ movie theaters make a great place for a date, a night out on the town or even simply a place to watch a movie.
However, if you prefer not to drink, there are also plenty of ways to spend a night in Seattle without drinking too.
AMC Pacific Place 11 is located on the second floor of Pacific Place in downtown Seattle, making this a great spot to pair with dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. AMC Pacific Place does have a drink menu available, but you can’t take drinks into the theater with you as the establishment is not 21+. You drink in a roped-off area near the concession stand.
Location: Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street, Seattle (2nd floor)
Northwest Film Forum is the place to see indie and classic films. You won’t find seat-side service or a full menu, but there’s a beer and wine selection to complement the snack bar.
Location: 1515 12 th Avenue, Seattle
The Big Picture does not feel like your usual movie theater. A full bar with a cozy lounge to hang out at before the show and a small theater complete with seat-side service make this place special. The menu includes a great cocktail list, beer and wine, as well as treats like white cheddar popcorn. The venue is a great date spot, but also not too shabby for events as you can rent out the theater or spaces within the venue for private showings, parties or business meetings. Big Picture is 21+ only.
Location: 2505 First Avenue, Seattle
For affordability, the Tin Theater is tough to beat with ticket prices below $10, but you also won’t catch first-run movies here. The Tin Room Bar has brunch, lunch and dinner menus as well as a nice drink selection. For the best deals, go during happy hour at select times throughout the week. 21+ only.
Location: 923 SW 152nd Street, Burien
Central Cinema has a full and fairly delicious menu filled with items like Garlic Cheese Bread, house-made pizzas and, of course, popcorn. Order and dine right at your seat and bring one of the craft beers or cocktails with you. Even the dessert is a little something special with house-made chocolates, cakes, dulce de leche and more (including the usual movie candy). Happy hour each day from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. has some great food and drink discounts. Movies shown here aren’t current blockbusters, but instead classic and cult movies. Be prepared to kick back to “Goonies,” sing-a-long to “Grease,” or bust our your Harry Potter trivia knowledge. All shows are open to all ages.
Location: 1411 21st Avenue, Seattle
Cinebarre is a Regal Entertainment company so is a chain. This 21+ only theater is the perfect date spot where you can enjoy dinner, drinks and a movie all in one spot. The drink list features a great list of beer, wine and cocktails. The food menu has appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts all named after movies. Bonus—on weekends before 2 p.m., a breakfast menu means you can enjoy the most unique brunch experience in town.
Location: 6009 244th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace
iPic Theater is a cut above other full-service theaters in the area in terms of seating—plush recliners take the place of seats. You can reserve your spot ahead of time and premium seats come with a pillow and blanket. There’s a full menu and seat-side service, but special note—the theater is not 21+ (formerly it was). Children are allowed.
Location: 16451 NE 74th Street, Redmond