By Steve Beauregard
For a lot of visitors caught up in the middle of the noise, and lights and the non-stop party of the Las Vegas Strip, it’s fun and relaxing to take a two hour break and catch a movie.
But while it may be the entertainment capital of the world, the Las Vegas Strip does not have a movie theater. The Strip’s only movie theater, the 8 screen United Artists Showcase Theater 8, located just north of MGM Grand behind the Showcase Mall, closed on January 28, 2018.
There are, however three different movie theaters within two miles of the Strip.
Two of these multi-plexes are located in casinos, while the third is in a popular shopping mall.
Closest Movie Theaters to the Las Vegas Strip
(Here’s a map showing you the three closest movie theaters to the Las Vegas Strip. The Red pin is the Brenden at the Palms, the green pin is the Century at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, and the black pin is the AMC Town Square.)
For most people staying on the Strip, the closest movie theater is found inside the Palms Hotel & Casino on W. Flamingo Road, across from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
Brenden Theater Palms 14
With the Palms Hotel/Casino being located just 1.3 miles west of the Strip, this theater will be a very affordable Uber/Lyft or taxi ride for most of you.
Called the Brenden Theater, its located towards inside the casino, but just to the right when you walk in after parking the west parking garage.
The Brenden has 14 screens, including what they claim is Las Vegas’s largest Imax theater, with a seven-story screen. The theater is also home to the annual Las Vegas Film Festival.
Recently remodeled, the Brenden Theater has luxury leather reclining chairs, reserved seating, and even a full bar. As with many theaters now, tickets can be purchased through kiosks in the lobby, as well as on Fandango.
Prices here are surprising affordable, (they were cheaper than the ones back in my hometown), and matinee shows (before 6 PM) are even better, as are their all-day Monday specials.
If you’re driving, you’ll be happy to know that the Palms Hotel/Casino offers free parking.
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4321 W Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Recording: (702) 507-4TIX (4849)
Customer Service: (702) 507-1525
Website: Brenden Palms 14
Century Orleans 18
The Orleans Hotel & Casino is about a mile and a half west of the Strip. Inside it, on the second level above the casino floor, you’ll find the Century Orleans 18.
Part of the Cinemark chain of theaters, the Century Orleans has 18 screens, recliner seats and bar severing beer, (including draft beer), red and white wine and hard cider.
4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Phone Number: (702) 889-1220
Website: Orleans Cinemark theatre
AMC Town Square Mall
AMC Town Square is on Las Vegas Boulevard, albeit south of the Las Vegas Strip. The only movie theater near the Strip not located in a casino, this large multi-plex is two miles south of Mandalay Bay, the southernmost casino on the Strip.
Located on the west side of the big and beautiful Town Square Mall Las Vegas, this is the largest theater around the Las Vegas Strip, with 18 screens.
It has an Imax screen, recliners (in some theaters), mobile ticketing and full bar. Called MacGuffins, the bar serves beer, wine and regular cocktails as well.
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There is plenty of free, nearby parking here, found on the west side of Town Square. It’s also very close to McCarran International Airport, (almost across the stret), and people have been known to take a rideshare here to catch a movie when waiting for a flight.
6587 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Website: AMC Town Square 18
Regal Movie Theater Las Vegas Strip
The closest Regal Movie theater to the Las Vegas Strip is a more upscale one found at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, just a little north and west of the Strip.
This Regal, called the Cinebarre, has nine screens and has seat-side food and alcoholic drink service available. The seats have little tables in front, and the food offerings are found in their 20 page menu. In other words, there’s more here than buttery popcorn.
Palace Station is 3.3 miles from the center of the Strip (Caesars Palace, Bellagio, etc.), and would be about a ten minute drive in normal traffic.
Other Movie Theaters in Las Vegas
There are plenty of other multi-plexes in Sin City of course, and this won’t be a full rundown, however if these three movie theaters by the Strip aren’t close to you, there are several other casinos with cinemas located inside.
The Las Vegas casinos with movie theaters include Sam’s Town, the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, Boulder Station, Texas Station, the Suncoast, Aliante Hotel Casino & Spa, Sante Fe Station Hotel and Casino, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, the Cannery Casino & Hotel and Green Valley Ranch.
Closest Movie Theater to Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas
Located 7/10 of a mile south of Fremont Street, the Eclipse Theater is the closest movie theater to downtown.
Opened in late 2016, this is a more upscale theater has 8 screens, and each is smaller and more intimate than your typical multi-plex.
Only open to those who are 21 or older, the Eclipse offers in-screen dining in which you can push a button at your seat and order from a menu and have delivered. And we’re not just taking nachos. The full menu includes dishes such as Tuscan Beef Short Rib and Maine Lobster Roll.
There is a patio, lounge, and full bar as well with specialty cocktails.
814 South Third St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Website: Eclipse Theaters
(Photo courtesy of LVCA.com)