The month of May ushers in a number of cinematic joys, most notably the Cannes Film Festival and summer movie blockbusters. As the season progresses, many festival favorites will trickle into art house theaters throughout the country. But it’s the “popcorn flick” that remains a staple. See the hottest movie releases of this year by visiting the best movie theaters in Palm Springs.
Art house movies garner attention from cinephiles that admire the intimacy of a smaller film. See adult dramas like Before Midnight with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, stylized thrillers, and quirky romantic comedies at Camelot Theatres. The Native American Film Festival and other special events are held here. But ask any local and they’ll tell you that it’s the popcorn that makes this theater special. 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs. 760-325-6565 , www.camelottheatres.com
Ultrastar Mary Pickford stadium 14 is a favorite of visitors and locals. Catch awaited blockbusters like The Great Gatsby and The Hangover III. Each theater seats moviegoers comfortably and there’s never a bad view. 36850 Pickfair St.,Cathedral City. 760-328-7100 www.ultrastarmovies.com
Cinemas Palme d’Or combines the best of indie films and huge hits and showcases them at one multiplex. In the past, releases like Amour and Stoker dazzled audiences. Arrive for a date or for quality personal time.
Cinemas Palme d’Or, 72840 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert. 760-779-0730; ww.thepalme.com
Missed a movie in its first run? Catch it a second time around at Cinemark 10. This theater caters to young people or those on a budget. All screenings are well under $5 each day. The concession stand is fully stocked, boasting candy, sodas, and hot dogs. You’ll be hooked with the first whiff of popcorn you encounter. Cinemark Movies 10, 34491 Date Palm Dr., Cathedral City. 760-324-7674; www.cinemark.com
Take in a new release at one of these theaters:
Regal 9 Cinemas – 789 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, 760-323-4466 ; www.regmovies.com
Desert IMAX Theater – 68510 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City, 760-324-7333; www.desertimax.org
Century Theatres at The River – 71800 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage, 760-836-1940, www.cinemark.com
Rustic Theatre – 54290 N. Circle Dr., Idyllwild, 951-659-2747; www.therustictheatre.com
Indio Regal Cinemas – 81725 Hwy. 111, Indio; 760-342-8451; www.regmovies.com