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Just across the Bay from San Francisco is the town of Berkeley. Primarily known for UC Berkeley and the gourmet food atmosphere, there is also a strong cinema culture in the area. For those looking for a classic cinema experience, here are five of the best independent movie theaters in and around Berkeley.
Just north of Albany is the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, which has become a favorite for movie lovers all over the Bay Area. Not only are there more screens at this independent theater, but food and drinks are also served to patrons on couches and plush armchairs. The menu features pizza, sandwiches, and more as well as a large selection of beer and wine. Besides movies, this cinema hotspot also hosts special events like Oscars showings and independent foreign film screenings. Seats at this theater do fill up quickly, as most people get food before the movie, so make sure to come early if you want to get a good spot!
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, USA, +1 510 273 9102