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Luxury Theaters Around DC Where You Can Eat, Drink, and Watch a Movie (For a Price)

The bar at Atlantic Plumbing Cinema is as big a draw as the comfy theatre seats. Photograph by Stacey Vaeth.
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Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

807 V St., NW; 202-534-1965

Patrons enter through the bar, which tells you everything you need to know about this cocktail-centric, six-screen, Restoration Hardware-esque theater, which offers reserved seating and plush leather recliners.

Film fare: Some of the more popular indies (think Cate Blanchett’s Carol and the animated Anomalisa).

Food: A concession stand serves the popcorn, while the bar offers up cocktails named after lines from beloved films, like the Your Beauty’s a Problem (from Casino Royale).

Best eats: Southwest-style egg rolls and Fastachi nut mixes.

Drinks: The kettle-corn-flavored Old Fashioned leads a cocktail menu designed by Iron Gate restaurant’s former mixologist.

Admission: Weekday “bargain” tickets, $10; regular admission, $13.

Angelika Film Center

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Photograph via Flickr user Dan Reed.

2911 District Ave., Fairfax; 571-512-3301

A gleaming-white, three-level spinoff of Manhattan’s cinephile mecca in Fairfax’s boutiquey Mosaic district.

Film fare: A movie geek’s dream mix of critics’ favorites, local films, vintage Oscar winners, and the occasional popcorn flick, on eight screens.

Food: All items from Angelika’s cafe can be taken into the theater—it even furnishes a recyclable tote bag. An upscale concession stand fills any yen for mid-show snacks, and you can discuss what you’ve seen in the third-floor bar/lounge.

Best eats: Mac and cheese with lemon olive oil; cheese plate; Jeni’s ice-cream cups.

Drinks: A beer nerd’s oasis, chock-full of esoteric craft brews.

Admission: $13.

ArcLight Cinemas

Photograph of Arclight Cinemas and popcorn chicken courtesy of ArcLight Cinemas.
Photograph of Arclight Cinemas and popcorn chicken courtesy of ArcLight Cinemas.

7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda; 240-762-4000

This soaring, 16-screen multiplex in Westfield Montgomery mall has a Hard Rock feel, thanks to walls studded with glass-encased artifacts like Natalie Portman’s tutu from Black Swan. Discerning cineastes will appreciate the top-of-the-line Dolby Atmos sound system.

Film fare: A wide array of slow-paced indies, 3-D fantasy films, and box-office chart toppers.

Food: The small bar has a cafe menu—you can take drinks but not plates into the theater; there’s also a well-stocked concession stand.

Best eats: Popcorn chicken with Buffalo and ranch sauces.

Drinks: The supermarket wine selection had us reaching for a big Coke.

Admission: $13.75.

This article appears in Washingtonian’s Welcome Guide.