Best Movie Theater Deals in Washington, D.C. – CBS DC
These days its pretty simple to watch any movie right from the comfort of your sofa. However, there is just something to be said for the experience of watching a film in a movie theater. The large screen, superior sound system and distraction free atmosphere really help you absorb yourself into the story. The oversized candy packs and rich, buttery theater popcorn are also a bonus. But movie theaters can take a huge chunk out of your wallet, especially if you’re taking the whole family. Here are five DC area theaters where you can get a deal while enjoying first run films and classics from the past.
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike 
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 486-2345
www.arlingtondrafthouse.com

The Arlington Drafthouse is a movie theater and restaurant inside a 70 year-old Arlington cultural landmark. In addition to movie screenings, it hosts comedy shows, murder mysteries and other special events. You can see a variety of new releases and classic films, all for an everyday low price of only $6 and just $2 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Die hard movie fans can get an unlimited Arlington Cinema annual pass for only $65.

AFI Silver Theatre And Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-6700
www.afi.com/silver

The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring is one of only two theaters in the country operated by the American Film Institute. The theatre and cultural center is anchored by architect John Eberson’s historic 1938 Silver Theatre and features new films, documentaries and classic films dating back to the birth of motion pictures. The standard ticket price is slightly higher at $13, but it is equally balanced by free soda and popcorn refills. Senior, students and military can get in for $10, children 12 and under are $8 and matinees are $10. Become an AFI members to get additional discounts and member rewards.

Regal Bethesda 10
7272 Wisconsin Ave. 
Bethesda MD 20814 
(844) 462-7342
www.regmovies.com

Regal 10 in Bethesda has all the new releases you can’t wait to see, and is accessible by car and Metro from anywhere in DC. Best of all, every day before noon you can get movie tickets for just $6.60. This summer escape the heat and take advantage of $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Titles include family and kids classics like the Lego Movie, Despicable Me 2 and The Peanuts Movie. Check the website for the schedule of movies and viewing times.

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Bow Tie Cinemas
11940 Market St.
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 464-0816
www.bowtiecinemas.com

Located in nearby Reston, Bow Tie Cinemas has 11 screens showing regular, 4K and 3D first-run films. Visit on Super Tuesday and get tickets for just $6 (3D and 4K are higher) and enjoy large tubs of popcorn for $5. Bow Tie also features classic film screenings of titles like “Jaws,” “Gone With The Wind” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Check the website for schedules and ticket prices.

Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 966-6000
www.theavalon.org

Opened in 1923, the Avalon Theatre is the oldest movie theater in Washington D.C. still in use. It shuttered briefly and was brought back to life by the community and now serves as a non-profit film and education center. The theatre features first run movies, independent films, foreign films and festival programming. Standard ticket prices are $12 and $8.75 for matinees. Reduced tickets prices are available for seniors, students, children and members of the military and Avalon members. Seniors can take advantage of the $5 movies  on “Senior Cinema Thursday” and Avalon also offers special family matinees.

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