Arizona August 10, 2015
These 8 Theatres In Arizona Will Give You An Unforgettable Viewing Experience
Whether you’re looking to watch a movie, see a rock band, or a three-hour opera, these venues in Arizona not only offer an incredible viewing experience but they’re also gorgeous to look at. Most of our state’s historic theatres have been renovated into performance venues but a few still show movies like they were made to.
1. Fox Tucson Theatre, Tucson
This theatre originally opened in 1930 to a raucous crowd and it enjoyed a life as a movie house until its closure in 1974. It sat abandoned for 25 years until restoration began and it reopened in 2013 as a performance venue.
2. Grady Gammage Auditorium, Tempe
We recently reviewed this building but in case you missed that post, Gammage was originally intended to be an opera house in Iraq. We’re glad it found a home on the ASU Tempe campus though as it makes a stunning setting for musicals, concerts, and graduations.
3. Glendale Drive-In, Glendale
The last existing drive-in theatre in Arizona, this is a great place to enjoy a retro pastime. What makes this location unique--and probably contributes to its long-time status--is the public market that operates here during the day.
4. Herberger Theatre, Phoenix
One of the prime locations in Phoenix for viewing plays and other performances, the Herberger Theatre was one of the key elements that helped reinvigorate downtown.
Here is a look at Stage West.
Even the waiting areas are lovely.
5. Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff
A Flagstaff staple for over a century, this theater operated as a movie house off and on until it closed in 1999. It reopened in 2002 as a music performance venue.
6. Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
The more well-known Orpheum Theatre in the state, the theatre originally opened in 1929 for vaudeville performances. After going through several different ownerships, it was eventually purchased by the city and underwent more than a decade of renovations before reopening in 1997.
It looks so beautiful inside.
7. Saguaro Theatre, Wickenburg
Since 1948, the Saguaro Theatre has been entertaining audiences in Wickenburg and has gone through several ownerships since its opening as one of the first Harkins theatres in the state. Just two years ago, the theatre was under threat of closing due to the overwhelming financial costs of switching their projections to digital formatting.
8. Valley Art, Tempe
One of the longest-operating movie theatres in the state, Harkins Valley Art is still a great place to see movies as though you were in a luxurious small town theatre. The exterior has remained the same since its 1940 opening but the interior has undergone some renovations that make it more palatable to modern audiences. With only two screens, it typically shows independent and foreign films geared towards smaller audiences.
This is what the theatre looked like in 1941.
What other Arizona theatres do you like to visit for a show?