ArcLight Hollywood

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ArcLight Hollywood
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A Hollywood favorite since 2002, the ArcLight offers comfortable assigned seating (cushy, reclining, leg room for days), state-of-the-art sight and sound, fantastic snack bars and, for some Dionysian indulgence, an in-house café-bar. The programming is an astute mix of first-run flicks, indies, foreign fare and premieres and alcohol is even allowed to be taken into some screenings. As an added bonus, there are always fun cinephile treats on display (original costumes, architectural models, etc.). It's the most appealing modern multiplex in L.A., but is also a vintage classic due to the Cinerama Dome, a fabulous and unique domed movie theater that opened in 1963. 


Venue name: ArcLight Hollywood
Address: 6360 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
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If you hold your cinema-going experience to a high standard and want to go somewhere that matches that (or at least purports to)--Arclight is your place.  The Hollywood theatre is its showcase, and it also manages the famed Dome theatre.  Sure, you're still going to encounter those jerks who can't seem to figure out how to turn off their phones or apple watches or the occasional whisperer, but it's heavily minimized due to a) the general vibe of the Arclight and b) how much you're paying for tickets.

Yes--they're expensive.  However, if you plan on seeing more than one movie at the Arclight a year--GET A MEMBERSHIP.  Yes, it's $15 a year, but assuming you get it with enough time between signup and your birthday (you have to see six movies before being eligible for your free birthday ticket), you get THREE FREE TICKETS OUT OF IT.  So essentially, it's free + two free tickets.  You also earn points towards discounts, and if you see enough movies and wind up in the gold circle, you get special perks each month.  Sometimes silly (a baseball cap), but sometimes DECADENT (a dessert of choice at the arclight restaurant...HELLO BROWNIE SUNDAY).

It's the kind of theatre where you can expect management to respond if you have a problem.  Person in your theatre ruining the movie?  Go outside, get it shut down, or just get a free ticket to come back.  Need to cancel your ticket?  Easy peasy, no questions asked, money refunded (assuming you do it before the movie).

Parking can be annoying, but there is street parking, especially after rush hour on weekdays.


Yes, movies are way too expensive lately. But with the Arclight, you actually feel like your money is going towards a nice and quality experience. The theaters are always clean, the staff is professional, and reserving your seats beforehand is a godsend. Park in the lot across the steet and with validation it only costs $2.50 or so. And while you're there, stop by Arclight down the street for a new album or at Bowery for a pre/post movie burger or beer. 


This is basically the only way I can see a movie in theaters anymore. Booking your seat in advance is such a gamechanger—it takes all of the stress out of hunting for seats together. It also means being able to see huge movies on opening night without needing to get to the theater early. Throw in consistently top-notch projection quality and the lack of pre-movie ads, and it's definitely worth the extra couple of bucks.

I love coming here to see a movie. Parking is a breeze in the attached structure and if you get there a little too early, you can take a seat inside the bar/restaurant and have a drink or two. Seating isn't usually a problem because you can get your tickets in advance. Overall, it makes moviegoing a delight! 


What a great place to see a movie! Being able to book your seat in advance makes the entire experience so much more enjoyable. I recently saw The Force Awakens at the ArcLight and high quality display and sound made it worth the slightly higher than average ticket price. 


The Arclight in Hollywood is one of the best movie theaters in LA! Each screening room is very large that offers a lot of seating. My favorite part of the theater is that they offer drinks at the bar which you can take with you in the movie. What more do you need?:)

The Arclight is one of my favorite places in LA to see a movie.  It's always exciting to see the classic domed cinema rise up from Sunset Boulevard.  The restaurant inside the theater has a surprising good menu as well with plenty to choose from!