Does the summer heat have you craving sweet, sweet air conditioning? Check out a movie at one of Greater Des Moines' movie theatres! Sit down with a tub of popcorn, pack a picnic for a movie at the drive-in at sunset, or order food and drinks to go with your movie experience. With an ever-changing selection of films, theaters around the area host screening for every taste and environmental preference.
*COVID-19 and governor regulations might affect business operations, contact individual theaters for hours of operation.
Century 20 Jordan Creek and X.D.
Located conveniently in the Jordan Creek Mall, this movie hotspot is perfect for friends on a shopping excursion or date night. Enjoy dinner at famous favorites like Cheesecake Factory or P.F. Changs, take a stroll around the lake, then cap your night off right with the latest blockbuster – all within steps at this entertainment complex in West Des Moines. Check out their website for more information on showtimes and updates here.
Cinemark Altoona and X.D.
After a long day at Adventureland Theme Park and Adventure Bay, there's no better way to end it than with a movie. Relax after a day in the hot sun with fresh popcorn and comfortable recliners inside the air-conditioned theatre, seeing a film the whole family will love. Check out their website for more information on showtimes and updates here.
AMC Classic Southridge 12, Johnston 16, Cobblestone 9, and Altoona 12
There's nothing better than ordering a big tub of popcorn, donning your 3D glasses, and settling in for two hours of nonstop entertainment. AMC theaters bring familiarity and fun to your movie-going experience. Check out their website for more information on showtimes and updates here.
B&B Ankeny 12 & B-Roll Bowling
This one-of-a-kind modern theatre has amenities for everyone. Before your movie, bowl a game at the bowling alley. Or, book a ticket in the 4-D movie theater. Got little ones? No problem! B&B has a theatre with a built-in playground to keep the young ones occupied before the movie begins. Check out their website for more information on showtimes and updates here.
Should you grab dinner before or after the movie? Why not during? Flix Brewhouse offers a full menu of pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and more, as well as their own craft beer, brewed right on site. Sit back in a comfy recliner as you enjoy your dinner and a movie with family or friends. Check out their website for more information on showtimes and updates here.
Valle Drive-In Theatre
Travel back in time to this drive-in theater on a Friday night with picnics, family, and fun. Park, turn on the radio, sit back, and enjoy the movie in the comfort of your car after the summer sun has set. Check out their website for more information on showtimes and updates here.
The Varsity Theatre
Keep an eye out for the newest option for movie-going in the Des Moines area. The once closed Varsity Theatre in the Drake neighborhood has plans to reopen as a renovated cinema and film center. Plans include screenings of independent, foreign, genre retrospectives and more while also serving as a historic event space. Check out the news here and keep on the lookout for updates.
The Palms Theater and IMAX
Go big or go home, right? At the Palms Theater and IMAX and in Waukee, you can catch the latest blockbuster on the BIG screen and get lost in the action. Dine and recline in the UltraLux loungers (with built-in heaters!) in every theater.