The theaters on this list offer some wonderful amenities: inventive programming, beer, restricted admission for children, reserved seats, and even on-site child care. These are not theaters that treat audiences like captive cattle. When big-chain theaters complain about shrinking audience numbers, they should examine these theaters.
EW cites Alamo's Rolling Roadshow and special events such as the Lord of the Rings screening with accompanying Hobbit feast as reasons why the theater is so amazing. Personally, I love the fact that I can talk with friends before the movie starts without having to shout over advertisements, and that it's easy to alert the theater staff discreetly if other audience members are acting obnoxious. Oh, and I really like the root-beer floats.
EW's list is after the jump. The article isn't currently available online. I wish I could take a road trip to visit the other nine theaters on the list. If you live near these theaters and haven't been to them recently, who knows? Maybe they'll lure you away from the DVD rental store and back into a theater.