For Tim League, CEO and founder of the Alamo Drafthouse, a great movie theater is achieved two ways: "Greatness by beauty and technical presentation – like at the remodeled Chinese Theater in Los Angeles and the Paramount in Oakland." Or by being "a movie theater by movie fans for movie fans."
His theater does both: “I used to be the sole creative force at the Alamo back in the old days," he says of the parking garage-turned-indie theater he and his wife opened in Austin back in 1997. “As we've grown, I've invested heavily in recruiting passionate film nerds to help us continue to strive to be great. My single greatest challenge is to not lose sight of what the Alamo Drafthouse stood for in the beginning."
The number of theaters in the world as dedicated to movie-watching as the Alamo are relatively small. We scoured the globe and came up with theaters that shun texting, revere great film, and will even serve you a cocktail. Here are the top 20 theaters in the world.
Raj Mandir Cinema (Jaipur, India)
Nicknamed “The Pride of Asia," few movie theaters in the world can boast as dedicated and loyal an audience as the regularly swelling crowds that turn up to this world-famous Hindi movie theater. Now in its 38th year, this pink movie palace seats more than 1,200 people and still sells out on a regular basis.
Why It Stands Out: Like something out of a Bollywood movie, “dreamlike" is the only way to describe a night at the Raj Mandir, where the lighting schemes changes with the time of day and soft floral scents are pumped in through the air ducts.
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