Denver boasts its share of entertainment places and the movie going experience is not left out in the least. Along with the standard mainstream movie houses like AMC, there are also a lot of Denver movie theaters that focus almost entirely of independent films. While many of these theaters belong to some indy film houses, such as Landmark Theaters, several of them are entirely on their own. This article discusses 3 of some of the best theaters houses to experience independent films in the Denver metro area.
1. Mayan Theatre
Built in 1930, the Mayan Theatre on Broadway is well known for its stock of independent films. If there is a popular independent film making the circuit through Denver, you can be sure it will be showing at the Mayan, which is part of Landmark Theatres. The Mayan has 3 active movie screens, located downstairs and upstairs, that can show films simultaneously, as well as a concession stand on each floor to enhance the viewing experience.
The Mayan is one of the most popular theatres in Denver for showing independent films and has been named ‘Best Movie Theater’ and ‘Top Movie Theater Concession Stand’ in publications like Westward and the now defunct Rocky Mountain News.
2. Olde Town Theater
The Olde Town, located in Arvada, just west of Denver, but is part of the Denver Metro area. It is one of the largest Independent theaters in Denver. This old AMC theatre complex has 14 screens and was just taken over by Landmark Theatres in 2010.Because it is 123movie located in the Arvada downtown area, parking may be somewhat of a challenge, but the theater seating is comfortable, and it is a great location to do the dinner and a movie date combination. Even though the location is part of the Landmark family, some mainstream movies are shown on some of large number of movie screens along with the larger variety of independent films.
3. Denver Film Center
Located on Colfax next to the Tattered Cover Book Store, this unique theatre boast 3 screens showing a unique selection of independent films. This theatre is not part of the Landmark theaters but is its own unique theatre. The atmosphere is warm and 2 of the theatres actually have couch seating where people can be really comfortable and even bring in their meal from the cafe located inside of the theatre complex on trays specifically made for eating while watching the movie. This newer theatre has plenty of parking in the parking garage, and is also located next to an upscale restaurant for the full dinner and and a movie experience.
Denver is a large enough metropolitan area that most of the major independent movies come through at one point or another. There are several indy movie houses, located throughout the city that make it easy for movie-goers to see these independent films. The independent venues are varied and provide a unique experience for the movie viewer. It is easy to find out where the theaters are what movies are playing and the times the movies are playing via the few web sites that contain movie time information in addition to the individual movie theater web sites.