Coming Soon: Best Movie Theater in Sacramento?

In 2012, we ranked the Palladio 16 the best movie theater in the Sacramento area.  Since then other area theaters have improved seating and sound. Despite all the improvements the Palladio’s continue’s to be the best theater in the area.  However, that could change. Two theaters recently opened in the area, with two others scheduled to open this spring.


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Movie goers will have soon have more options in the Sacramento Area.  Cinemark the parent company of the Century Theaters recently opened a new 16 screen theater in the Howe About Arden Shopping Center.    Century will open a 10 screen in Downtown Commons near Golden One Center this Spring.

The last theater building boom took place in the late nineties.  In 2011, Cinema West a Petaluma based theater chain opened the Palladio 16 Theaters in Folsom. It was the first theater in the region that offered recliners, the first theater to offer Motion Seats.  It currently has the worlds largest solar system.    Palladio has four theaters( at 52 feet high and three stories tall) are the largest screens in any Multiplex in area.  The theater uses real butter and with the $10.50 evening admission we ranked the Palladio the best theater in the Sacramento.


Cinema West is expanding in Sacramento Area.  They are currently building 12 screen theater in the Country Club Center on Watt and a multiplex theater in Downtown Woodland.

The moving going landscape is rapidly changing, for the first time there are movie theaters designed for adults.  In 2015, the Dallas based Studio Movie Grill opened their first theater in Rocklin.   At the Studio Movie Grill, patrons can have an adult drink or meal before the movie or during the movie with a push of button.


“Game Changer”

Rocklin’s Studio Movie Grill


Around the corner from the Palladio  is the Palladio Lux Theaters, like the Studio Movie Theater food and adult beverages are available and unlike the Palladio, no one under 21 is permitted after 5pm.  The new Century’s will sell beer and wine.

Early reviews at the Arden Century has been mixed, there have been complaints about the sound quality and long waits on the weekends.

Some patrons , familiar with Palladio have complained about the smaller auditoriums in the Lux and the prices are five dollars more .



WE need your input.  What do you think of the new theaters?







Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

2 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Best Movie Theater in Sacramento?

  1. I went to the new century off of Arden to see La La land. We sat in the second row. Right as the movie started, my fiancé asked me if they were going to turn up the volume… Shortly after I keep hearing people around me clear their throats and move in their recliners. After the movie was over, we wanted to check out their HUGE rpx theater, as your walking in, all you see is huge speakers. Star Wars Rouge one was playing, we stood by the walk way for just over 5 minutes… Just wanted to see some fight scenes… It was so QUIET… When i go to the movies I want to feel like I’m in it. I wanna feel an x-wing fly by, I wanna feel the beat to every song, Arden’s Cinemax does not do that for me. Bummer.


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