7 Movie Theaters in Monterey

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Over 190 movies have been filmed in Monterey County. This beautiful county has provided backgrounds for popular movies like ‘Cannery Row’, ‘Dr. Dolittle’, ‘From here to Eternity’, ‘Clash by Night’, etc. Enthusiastic visitors can easily spot the movie locations with an interactive ‘Monterey Movie Tour Bus’ or can opt for self-exploration with a map provided by ‘The Monterey County Film Commission’. For those, who’re not fanatic about the movie sets, can simply relax and catch the latest flick in the theaters recommended by us.  7 Movie Theaters to go in Monterey County are:-

1. Cinemark Monterey Cannery Row XD

Cinemark Monterey is a single screen IMAX theatre located just near the coastal trail called Cannery Row.  The theatre is equipped with comfortable and wide seats so those with great heights needn’t worry about the leg room. If you’re tired and exhausted from the crowds of tourists and locals, you can always finish off your day with a great movie and the good news is, the theatre is not usually heavily crowded. Our recommendation is to try sipping on their Cherry Coke while enjoying the great sound system and big screen.


  • Name: Cinemark Monterey Cannery Row XD
  • Address: 640 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Phone: 831-372-4645
  • Price: Starts from $10
  • Parking: Free( Only for Monterey residents after 5 PM)
  • Website: http://www.cinemark.com/theatres.aspx?type=1

2. Lighthouse Cinemas

Your place to be, if you’re fond of quaint and charming old(yet clean) little theatres. Lighthouse has managed to maintain its ambience over the years. Free popcorns on Mondays(check for loyalty rewards program), discounted rates on Tuesdays all shows, Monthly vintage movie screenings, convenient location of Pacific Grove area, are the showstoppers of this theatre. So, get your popcorns filled and enjoy the show.


  • Name: Lighthouse Cinemas
  • Address: 525 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Phone: 831-643-1333
  • Price: Starts from $5
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Website: Not available

3. Century Marina AND XD

A newly opened Multiplex in the small city of Marina is surely a relief for all the movie buffs, who used to travel to Monterey city to catch their favourite flick on a big screen. Though Monterey is not far but it’s still convenient to have a big screen multiplex very near to where you live. Pleather seats, good sound system, great candy bar, enough leg space around the seats are the ingredients to make all the moviegoers happy.


4. Maya Cinemas Salinas 14

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Situated in the Oldtown of Salinas, Maya Salinas is a comfortable and cleaner pick than its mall counterparts. Ticket prices are reasonable and so is the food menu. We love their discounted Tuesdays(family day) and Wednesday( Senior citizen day). Also, what tops the list is the ample free parking space as they have a dedicated garage for it. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets booked!


5. Monterey 13

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A big screen multiplex with all the modern amenities. They keep special hearing aids for people with hearing disabilities. The only downside is their expensive candy bar. But there are plenty of good restaurants in the vicinity. Also, ticket prices themselves are quite decent and the seating is quite comfortable with lift-up armrests, reclining chairs and high backs.


6. Golden State Theatre

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It was first opened in 1926 in Monterey and have been refurbished several times since then. The Old charm is still maintained and is a great centre for live shows. If you’re looking to explore the cultural aspect while visiting Monterey then this is your place to be. The plush carpets and antique ceilings might distract you from the movies. You may bring your own food, drinks and wine in the theatre.  The staff is very courteous and generous. Although movies are not exhibited very frequently here these days, it’s still worth an effort to take a look at this one.


  • Name: Golden State Theatre
  • Address: 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA 93942
  • Phone: 831-649-1070
  • Price: not available
  • Parking: Available
  • Website: http://www.goldenstatetheatre.com/

7. Century 14 Northridge Mall Cinemas

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The quintessential mall movie hall, Century 14 is loved by people of all ages.Due to its easy accessibility and location inside the Northridge mall, the crowd is a mix of teens, adults, kids and oldies. They feature the latest movies and provide ample parking space as the location is in the mall. Reasonable ticket prices but the food prices might be on higher side due to its location. Who wouldn’t want to watch the latest blockbuster after a heavy session of shopping and eating!


Movie buffs would never like to miss on their latest favourite upcoming films. Monterey County is not just about sightseeing and nature marvelling. Talking of urbanization, Monterey County has numerous Movie theatres. Whether you’re looking for a quite theatre or an urban one with the modern facilities, just make the selection depending on your taste. So book your tickets, fill your popcorn and cola, sit back, relax and get submerged in the world of movies.

Have a good trip and travel!

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Monterey County, North America, State of California, U.S.A.