The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar is arguably the best place to catch a flick in Austin. It isn't necessarily its proximity to the many bustling businesses flanking it, or the fact that it’s adjacent to/partnered with karaoke bar the Highball. It’s really just the Goldilocks of ATX movie theaters: It ain’t too fancy (chips and dip in a big, round tin, not on a posh plate...ahem, Mueller), the drinks and food are friggin’ delicious and there are nine screens featuring current, classic and special event screenings, including the annual mini-film fest, the 24-hour Butt-Numb-A-Thon held each December. Any true Austinite can confirm—nobody beats Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
Looking for the best movie theaters in Austin? Sure, our city may be known primarily as the Live Music Capital of the World (check out our favorite bars for live music and best venues for live music), but lately, it’s become just as lauded for its people’s dedication to and love of the film industry. Whether you’re looking for the best spots to catch outdoor movies, or trying to see as many of this month’s best new movies, our diverse list of the best movie theaters in Austin has you covered.