Whether you dressed in pink for the premiere of Barbie or you had black coffee at 6 A.M. to see Oppenheimer this summer has been one for the blockbusters.
The “Barbenheimer” craze was a showstopping weekend in which three highly anticipated movies released. According to the New York Times, Barbie and Oppenheimer together brought in $311 million domestically, creating a massive influx of moviegoers this summer. The newest installment of the Mission Impossible franchise also released the same weekend. In addition, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the first Indiana Jones movie since 2008, released in June.
The amazing content fans received this summer has helped box office sales top last year’s by $1 billion. With many more movies on the horizon, it might be time to try a new theater and gain a new experience.
Here are 3 unique movie theaters in Alabama to visit to catch up on the movies you have yet to see.
King Drive-In (Russellville)
There is not much else that screams summer quite like a drive-in movie. Gaining popularity during COVID-19, drive-in movies have become a nostalgic way to save money and still get to experience the newest films. Opened in 1949, King Drive-In is a highly recommended drive-in movie theater located just north of Russellville on Highway 43. Upon arrival, movie-goers can set up in their car or alongside it and tune to the radio station corresponding to their movie screen. This theater is a family-friendly way to see new movies and interact with the Russellville community.
Sidewalk Theater (Birmingham)
Sidewalk Film is a nonprofit movie theater located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Tucked away underneath the Pizitz food hall, Sidewalk is the movie theater made for film lovers. Some of Sidewalk’s unique features include inexpensive refreshments, a full bar, and bathrooms themed after the hit movie “The Shining.” Sidewalk is known for its annual film festival but also hosts showings of both new and old movies throughout the year. A fan-favorite event at Sidewalk is “Bad Movie Night,” during which the theater hosts a free bad movie typically once a month. Check out Sidewalk’s event calendar to buy tickets.
Cinemark (Monaco Pictures) (Huntsville)
Previously known as Monaco Pictures, the Cinemark in Huntsville is part of Huntsville’s outdoor mall, Bridge Street Town Centre. The Centre features beautiful outdoor patio space as well as a fountain and carousel. Inside, you will find large, automatic reclining seats for the perfect movie experience. The Cinemark also boasts a nice restaurant and plenty of options around the corner.