There are few movie going experiences that can match up to the IMAX experience. Whether you are seeing a nature or adventure documentary, or if you are seeing one of the new releases, there is nothing quite like an IMAX movie. If you’ve never been to an IMAX theatre, the main thing that will jump out at you immediately is the size of the screen. Usually it will be three or more times the size of the standard size screen you’re used to. IMAX theaters in Washington are located in Spokane, Lynnwood, Tukwila, Seattle, Lacey, and Bellingham.
The Rodeo Drive-In offers you a movie experience right out of history. There are not that many more fully functional drive-in theaters available anymore and that’s not just in Washington, but across the country. The Rodeo Drive-In first opened in 1949 in Port Orchard, very near to Bremerton, and continues to operate from March to September even now. When you go to the Rodeo Drive-In you’ll be seeing a movie in much the same way most people did during the 1950s and 60s.
The Grand Cinema
Located in Tacoma, The Grand Cinema offers you the chance to see movies you may not get to see at your local cineplex. This is a non-profit theater that hosts the yearly Tacoma Film Festival, as well as a number of other film festivals and events. The Grand Cinema shows the best of independent films, foreign movies, and locally made productions. The time you spend there is going to be well spent, indeed.
If you are looking for an intimate, unique, one of a kind movie watching experience you should make an effort to watch your next movie at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. This special little place opened in 1907 as a vaudeville house and soon after began screening what was then known as moving pictures. Films were shown there until 1958 when it was closed and used for a number of other purposes. New ownership began resorting the theatre in 1992 and today it puts on both live stage performances as well as movies. This can be an incredible movie going experience, a great way to support a local small business, and a nice chance to see an interesting side of history.
The Ruby Theatre is located in the picturesque vacation town of Chelan, Washington. It is literally just a couple of blocks away from one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire United States. The Ruby Theatre opened in 1914 and 100 years later it is still going strong. The theatre shows first run new release movies and, though it has been updated, it features some great historical touches. Next time you’re in Chelan to check out the water, scenery, and beach, make sure you also head to the Ruby Theatre and see this truly unique and completely enjoyable treasure.