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Hear that? It’s the sound of Oscar buzz. And that means you've got a lot of movies to watch before the big broadcast. So you might as well do it somewhere comfy…preferably with booze. Here are three movie theaters that offer award-worthy perks--and damn good popcorn to boot.


For Fun and Games: AMC River East 21

AMC River East 21 has a bajillion screens, a full bar and so many games. Lucky Strike’s bowling lanes are on the same floor as the ticket booth. And just across the way, FTW, is a steampunk-inspired arcade with mini golf and guilty-pleasure snacks (try the Wisconsin cheese curds).

322 E. Illinois St.; 888-262-4386 or


To Get the Best Seat: ArcLight Cinemas

At the new ArcLight Cinemas, there’s no box office--just friendly staffers roving with iPads to help you select a seat. You can count on an extra-plush seat, with an oversize armrest and legroom to spare. And did we mention there’s a bar here, too?

1500 N. Clybourn Ave.; 312-637-4760 or


For Best Achievement in Sushi: AMC Theater at Block 37

The new AMC theater at Block 37 has lots of things going for it. One: It’s a Dine-In Theater, so you can have goodies like crab-avocado sushi and buttermilk-biscuit poppers delivered to your seat. Two…actually, do you really need to know anything else?

108 N. State St.;

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