While catching the latest summer blockbuster may be easy, any cinephile in Las Vegas knows that finding a local theater playing the latest critically acclaimed independent or foreign film can be a bit of a challenge. Unlike a city like Los Angeles, where there are several theaters dedicated to playing exclusively independent and foreign films, Las Vegas doesn’t typically get as many limited releases, so the demand for a theater dedicated solely to them just isn’t there. But that doesn’t mean that you have to wait until the Blu-ray comes out to see the latest Oscar-worthy limited release critics are buzzing about. There are still a few theaters in town that occasionally mix big-budget popcorn fare with smaller art house releases. Here’s a look at three of them.
AMC Town Square 18
6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Formerly Rave Motion Pictures, this newly rebranded theater at Town Square Las Vegas occasionally screens independent films among its many Hollywood blockbusters. Known as AMC Independent, limited releases recently shown under this header included the Iranian-American romantic comedy “Shirin in Love” and the highly anticipated Kickstarter-funded “Veronica Mars.” One of the nicest theaters in town, guests can watch the films from the comfort of the theater’s luxurious plush stadium seats while sipping a refreshing Icee or enjoying one of several other tasty concession items.Related: Best Shopping Malls In The Las Vegas Area
Century 16 Suncoast
9090 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89144
Although best known for showing the latest blockbuster releases, this 16-screen cineplex inside the Suncoast Hotel & Casino also regularly screens a selection of distinct, acclaimed and award-winning independent films. Known as CinéArts, recent films presented under this header included the critically acclaimed documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” and the Oscar-nominated “Philomena.” Guests can enjoy the films in comfort, as all of the seats at the all-stadium seating theater have excellent sight lines. Other amenities available include digital presentation, listening devices on all films and descriptive narration devises on select movies for those who are visually impaired.
Regal Village Square Stadium 18
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Probably the most well-known theater in Las Vegas for independent films, Regal Village Square Stadium 18 is known for showing something for everyone, from big-budget blockbusters to foreign and independent films. Recent films playing at the cineplex ranged from “Divergent” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” to “The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu),” “Stalingrad” and “The Great Beauty (Le Grande Bellezza).” Aside from its diverse selection of movies, Regal Village Square Stadium 18 is a favorite with Las Vegas locals because it’s one of the few theaters in the city that’s not located inside of a casino. Amenities at the theater include stadium seating and Closed Captioning devises for select films.Related: Top Spots For Film Buffs In Las Vegas
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