BEST MOVIE THEATER Minneapolis 2010 - Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Readers' Choice: Riverview Theater
We have just one complaint related to the Riverview: Why can't more theaters be like this? From its 1950s-style art deco lobby and lounge, to its small but complete concessions stand where you can buy (reasonably priced!) popcorn topped with real butter, to its comfy (non-vintage, cup-holder included) seats perfectly placed for viewing the screen in the large auditorium, the Riverview is special. No one can believe regular tickets are still only $2 for the second run of blockbusters like The Blind Side and the Twilight films, smaller Hollywood efforts like Drew Barrymore's Whip It, and the occasional well-chosen documentary like Man on Wire. Kids' movies are screened during the day whenever appropriate—weekends, summers, even Minneapolis schools' odd days off—and they have recently including Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Princess and the Frog. On Fridays and Saturdays there are late-night showings. The theater even opens its doors for free to neighbors and sports fans so they can watch Minnesota teams compete on the big screen for important games. And then there's the special film programming: classics, Oscar-nominated shorts that you can't see anywhere else, premieres of locally produced projects. Currently the Riverview is teaming up with the Trylon microcinema to present a series of Hitchcock films, which continues through May 3. Like the cliché says, the Riverview has something for everyone, and that could be the key to its not only surviving but thriving in this movie-going-challenged era.