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2023 Best Movie Theater

Philadelphia Film Center

No, the building formerly known as the Prince Music Theater doesn’t have those reclining­ seats. But it does boast one of the largest screens in the area, 35mm film capabilities (a rarity these days), audiophile-worthy sound, and an impressive spread of repertory selections for all tastes. Coming up: classics like Psycho, Taxi Driver and The Night of the Hunter plus a retrospective of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. Read More »

1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best News for Film Nerds

Philadelphia Film Socieity’s Aquisition of the Ritz at the Bourse

We don’t normally give Best of Philly to the same business or organization twice in the same issue, but, well, when the Ritz at the Bourse closed in January 2020, film lovers shed a collective tear or 12. So we have high hopes now that the film-snobby Philadelphia Film Society has recently taken over the space, bringing the best of independent films back to the block. Read More »

400 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2020 Best Fun for Indie-Movie Fans


This West Philly microcinema was scheduled to debut earlier this year, screening real college-film-class types of works that only true movie nerds would love. But then coronavirus happened, so they shifted into a virtual format until they can open their doors. Hopefully in early 2021. Read More »


2020 Best Old Thing Revived by Coronavirus #3: Drive-In Movies

Mahoning Drive-In Movie Theater

Pennsylvania was home to the country’s second drive-in movie theater, and we once had more drive-ins than almost any other state. And then drive-ins kind of evaporated, leaving a couple of generations never having experienced them. But that all changed earlier this year when traditional movie theaters were forced to close and people rediscovered (or, in many cases, discovered) the drive-in. The gold standard is the Mahoning Drive-In Movie Theater, about 90 minutes northwest of the city. It’s worth the trip, since it’s the rare drive-in theater that solely screens classic movies — on film, no less. And the characters who run the place are as entertaining as the movies themselves. Just watch the documentary At the Drive-In, which is all about the Mahoning. Bonus: You can camp overnight. Read More »

635 Seneca Road, Lehighton, PA | 610-683-7243 | Website

2018 Best Movie Night

BYO Movie Night at The Roxy

You don’t have to smuggle your flask into the theater any longer thanks to the Roxy’s Wednesday-night screenings, which allow you to BYO beer, wine or bubbly to sip while you watch classic films. (They even provide the glassware.) Read More »

2023 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA | 267-639-9508 | Website

2017 Best Movie Theater

Regal Edgmont Square 10

The reclining seats are huge. It’s always immaculate. You can make reservations. Concessions are better than most. And for whatever reason, the audience shuts up and watches the movie. Imagine that. Read More »

4777 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA | 844-462-7342 | Website

2014 Best Movie Theater

AMC Painters Crossing

We like the fact that this just-renovated nine-screen Chester County theater offers a full bar (including plenty of top-shelf options), in-seat dining and reserved seating. But we LOVE the fact that it has three special auditoriums (they're called Cinema Suites) strictly for moviegoers who are 18 and over. No more crying babies or text-happy teens to contend with. Read More »

112 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA | 888-262-4386 | Website

2012 Best Movie Theater

County Theater

A consistently top-drawer slate of current art-house films, a charming concession stand, friendly ushers, and an intermittent "classic film series" that offers the opportunity to see the old movies your grandparents loved. Breakfast at Tiffany's is playing August 7th. Read More »

20 East State Street, Doylestown, PA | 215-345-6789 | Website