Yesterday, we were wondering how costs compared between different movie theatres. So, we looked it up, and I’m sharing it here so you don’t have to look it up. 🙂 All prices are for adult tickets for non-3D showing of Kubo on the evening of Saturday 8/20.
“Regular” Movie Theatres (i.e. standard seats, general admission, typical concessions)
- Lincoln Square, Bellevue $11.75
- Woodinville $11.54
- Bella Bottega, Redmond $11.75
Reclining Seats, Reserved Seating, Typical Concessions
- Factoria, Bellevue $10.70
- Crossroads, Bellevue $11.94
Reclining Seats, Reserved Seating, Will Deliver Food to Your Seat, Have Alcohol
- IPic Redmond $27 (note: if you have a free membership, then you get discount pricing of $17 Monday – Thursday. They also have the regular seats in the front with no table service, and those are $16, or $12 with member discount on weekdays)
- Cinebarre Issaquah $11.22. (Ages 18 and up is encouraged. Children under 18 only allowed with parents, no kids under 3.)
Will Deliver Food to Seat, Have Alcohol, and I think they have reclining seats
- McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell. $9. I have not been here – it looks nice. May have a smaller than typical screen??
Conclusions? Anderson school is cheapest – would love to hear what people thought of it compared to other options. IPic is by far the most expensive, and while I really enjoy their food, the drinks, the nice atmosphere there, and especially the blankets tucked into the seat pockets, that’s a big price difference. Now, if I had limited babysitting available, and I only got a few rare hours here and there with my spouse, and we had just enough time for a movie IF we ate dinner during the movie, I would choose a movie and dinner here rather than anywhere else, because it would feel most like a grown-up date night.
For us, the winner is Factoria. (Note, their remodel is fairly recent – I think in December 2015, so if you haven’t been there in a while, know that it is VERY different.) We like the reclining seats. We like being able to reserve seats in advance so we can come in minutes before the show and know we’ll get good seats, parking is always easy, and they have surprisingly good pizza at their concessions (allow a few extra minutes for them to cook it.) And it’s $1.00 cheaper than all the “regular” theatres.
Add your comments to let us know what you think of Eastside movie options!
If you’d like to see some outdoor movies this summer, there’s still time! See all the listings here: Summer Movies; If you’re looking for free (or cheap) things to do with little kids, check out my Cheap Dates with Toddlers series.