Although it’s no Los Angeles, Austin is still a well-known creative force in the film community. From Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios to SXSW film, there’s a lot of film flowing through this town. The list of movies filmed here runs the gamut with gems like Dazed and Confused, as well as flops like the 2007 feature film Teeth. Nevertheless, finding screenings of independent and local films can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. Thankfully, you don’t have to go too far to sort out the weird from the wonderful. We’ve lined up the six best movie theaters in the city.
Violet Crown Cinema
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Moviehouse & Eatery
For nearly 100 years, the Paramount Theater has been the go-to spot on Congress Avenue for a relaxed night with friends. Originally a vaudeville and variety house, the Paramount Theater is now a melting pot of film, comedy, drama, music, and dance performances. This venue is the oldest surviving theater in Austin and has a special place in the hearts of locals. Home to any red carpet film premieres in Austin, as well as being a state landmark, this is a special place to come enjoy a true taste of Texas, and enjoy local and touring acts. The Paramount has seen everything from jazz artists to spoken word poetry, so peruse the listings and choose something exactly to your tastes. Make sure to catch their summertime double feature series to cool off.