Whether you're on a date or a study break, there's nothing like sitting in the dark for a little while and getting away from it all — especially when you can get a student discount. Charleston has plenty of movie theaters (both big-name and independent) scattered all around town, where you'll find stadium seating, IMAX technology, and maybe even beer and wine for sale.
The Citadel Mall Stadium 16 in West Ashley is one Charleston's most popular theaters, because in addition to a full concession stand and comfortable chairs, it offers IMAX. Just a short distance from downtown, the theater at Citadel Mall has state-of-the-art technology and offers movies in IMAX, 3-D, and 2-D. For a similar kind of stadium-seating experience, there's also the Palmetto Grande in Mt. Pleasant and Northwoods Stadium and Charles Towne Square in North Charleston.
Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant, on the other hand, offers a different kind of movie viewing experience. Equipped with a full kitchen and bar, Cinebarre has an ample menu of food and drinks, including beer and wine, and even boxes of candy, to keep you satiated while you get lost in the magic of cinema. Burgers, salads, pizzas, and desserts are delivered as you watch a movie. Another reason why we love Cinebarre: They offer $5 movie tickets every Tuesday.
If there is one word to describe the Terrace Theater, it's classic, from the lobby to the movies they play. They constantly bring some of the best of indie and foreign films to the Lowcountry, and they serve some classy concessions, from standard popcorn and soda to imported and domestic chocolate, beer, and wine. This is the place where you'll see the newest Wes Anderson or Woody Allen flick.
And for a completely different kind of movie night, don't forget to check out the Greater Park Circle Film Society's weekly screenings at the Olde North Charleston Picture House in Park Circle. They show cheap (like free to $5), one-run films that cinephiles can appreciate. They'll do everything from classics like Arsenic and Old Lace to big-name indies like Melancholia to really small films you've probably never heard of with names like Qwerty and Marwencol.