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Best Independent Movie Theaters In The Baltimore Area

July 30, 2012 6:00 AM

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Tired of watching the same blockbusters that are cranked out year after year? Are you just looking to support a theater with local connections? Visit some of these independently-run movie theaters to experience some of the best of the Baltimore area.
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The Charles
1711 N Charles St
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 727-3456
thecharles.com

The home of the Maryland Film Festival, The Charles is truly the best independent movie theater in Baltimore. Located in the city’s art district, The Charles offers an array of indie films. Some have unknown actors and directors though others boast big names, from Brad Pitt in “The Tree of Life” to Emily Blunt in “Your Sister’s Sister.” The theater’s yearly Cinema Sundays series encourages discussion along with a Q&A session and a tasty breakfast, while the Revival series brings older films like “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” back to the big screen. When catching a flick at the Charles, stop by Tapas Teatro, which is connected to the theater’s lobby, or the popular Sofi’s Crepes right next door.

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Leitersburg Cinemas
20145 Leitersburg Pike
Hagerstown, Md. 21742
(240) 329-2093
leitersburgcinemas.com

The dust has settled as recent renovations to the Leitersburg Cinemas provide a clean atmosphere, comfort and entertainment while maintaining affordability to you. This locally-owned theater brings popular films to its audience but remains firmly rooted in the community through fundraisers. The Leitersburg keeps things interesting with Retro Nights in addition to a selection of free movie showings. Book an early reservation for dinner and a movie where you will receive true VIP treatment from friendly staff in a relaxing recliner for only $20 to $30.

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West End Cinema
2301 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-3456
westendcinema.com

Like the Charles, this art-house theater specializes in bringing international and indie films to wider audiences in order to “offer new intellectual and cultural perspectives.” The West End Cinema has shown the all-Spanish-speaking Will Ferrell comedy, “Casa de mi Padre,” “Coriolanus” starring Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler and “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.” Join the Film Lover’s club to get discounts on tickets and concessions, advanced notice of special events and screenings and a subscription to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s magazine, Film Comment. While you’re there, enjoy D.C.’s best popcorn with a drink from the fully-stocked bar and even some unconventional treats.

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Bengies Drive-In
3417 Eastern Blvd
Baltimore, Md. 21220
(410) 687-5627
bengies.com

As drive-in theaters are few and far between, there is nothing quite like going to Bengies (now in its 57th year) to experience the time-honored tradition in an atmosphere evoking the 1950s. Where else can you take the family to see two or three newly-released films on the biggest screen in the U.S. for an amazingly affordable price? Be forewarned, Bengies runs a tight ship at this local drive-in, so it is best to review its common sense House Rules before attending (i.e. no recording films, watch your children, don’t speed, etc.) And though cash is necessary at the box office, credit cards are accepted at the snack bar which offers everything from popcorn and candy to pizza and shrimp rolls.

Related: Baltimore’s Best Drive-In Theaters

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Montgomery Royal Theater
11006 Veirs Mill Road
Silver Spring, Md. 20902
(301) 949-6424
montgomeryroyaltheaters.com

Just north of the Washington Beltway lies the quaint Montgomery Royal theater in the Kensington-Wheaton area. Watch new films at prices that are very affordable, considering the expensive D.C. area. Large seats offer plenty of leg room and a polite staff makes the experience worthwhile. Better yet, sign up for the Newsletter club for a free popcorn.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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