The 87th Academy Awards are still about a month away, but we’re already excited to see who the big winners are. Plus, this year’s film releases are packed with exciting Oscar contenders and much anticipated franchise installments like The Fantastic Four and Jurassic World. To get you in the movie-watching spirit, here are five iconic silver screen venues.

Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson, Texas

A quick 20-minute drive from downtown Dallas, the Alamo Drafthouse screens mainstream and independent movies—sans ads—and hosts special interactive movie events.Take your seat and order from the epic food and drink menu that includes grilled cheese, Jerk chicken, pizza, baked-to-order warm cookies and draft beer, then watch for the ninja skilled waiters who will sneak your order out to you. There is a zero-tolerance texting/talking policy so expect to be ejected if you break the rules.

Dunbar Theatre, Vancouver

Rescued from the wrecking ball by the local community, the single screen Dunbar Theatre is a much loved treasure. Back in 1998, young entrepreneur Ken Charko asked permission from the owner to operate the theatre as a summer project. Fast forward 17 years, and Charko is now the owner. Delightfully retro, the theatre shows first-run films and is known for its comfortable, stretch-out seating and secret-recipe popcorn.  

The Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Built in 1922 by the Nasser brothers, the landmarked Castro Theatre with its extravagant Spanish colonial exterior and scrafitto—layered plaster—motif murals on either side of the auditorium is older than the Oscars. Seating about 1400, catch Interstellar in 70mm on Feb 10 and 11 or the animated feature Big Hero 6 on Feb 15. There’s also repertory cinema, foreign films, film festivals presentations and special first runs.

The New Beverly, Los Angeles

Quentin Tarantino took ownership of this historic movie theatre back in 2007, and more recently the legendary filmmaker has taken the reins as program director. Built in the 1920s, and converted to a movie theatre in the 1950s, The New Beverly is famous for its double features—many from Tarantino’s private collection—and midnight movies (catch True Romance, Jan 30). A longtime supporter of celluloid, Tarantino promises that under his watch digital will be outlawed, with all screenings presented in either 35mm or 16mm film. 

Plaza Theatre, Calgary

Built in the 1920s as an automobile garage and converted to a movie theatre in 1935, Kensington’s stucco fronted Plaza Theatre is a 370-seat venue that often boasts a full house. In addition to its mainstream movie schedule the theatre also hosts The Fifth Reel, a licensed monthly film club. This month, enjoy a beer with the screening of the 1993 cult classic Groundhog Day

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