5 luxury movie theaters in San Diego

Get treated like a star while watching the stars.

Outside of The Lot Theater

A great experience lies inside

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Shorter days are here, but the silver screen always shines bright. In San Diego, a trip to the movies can be taken to the next level at luxury cinemas that offer food, drinks + high-end comforts. So, sit back, relax, and preview these five theaters for a truly blockbuster viewing experience.

The Lot

These hospitality-focused cinemas will treat you like a star. Both the Liberty Station + La Jolla locations have full menus, and you’ll feel like you’re home in a reclining chair. You can reserve your spot before showing up, and Marvel fans, it’s not too early to get your tickets to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”


This chain has three locations in San Diego County — one in Del Mar + two in Carlsbad. There’s a full food menu, and most viewings serve alcohol. So, all you have to do is put your feet up and enjoy.

Pro tip: Want a luxury experience without the luxury price? Check out Happy Hour + Half Price Tuesdays.

Seating options in the Theatre Box SD

Pick a seat, they’re all comfortable.

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Theatre Box

Watching a movie in the Gaslamp Quarter can bring you a taste of Hollywood glamor at TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury cinema. This experience is about more than a movie with a menu of food, drinks, and desserts from Sugar Factory American Brasserie.

Angelika Film Center

This Carmel Mountain cinema is the perfect place to relax and watch a popular movie — but it’s also noted for its indie + artistic film selection. Showtime is also chow time with a full menu designed by Chef Santos Loo.

Pro tip: Get a taste of the holidays during a “Four Weeks of Christmas” screening.

AMC Dine-In Poway

Dinner and a movie? This classic combo is fused into one experience at this AMC location. You can eliminate stress with mobile food ordering + in-seat meal delivery, giving you more time to recline and enjoy the previews.

Looking for a different viewing experience? Check out local drive-ins + outdoor viewing experiences.

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