The Movie Experience: Anaheim Garden Walk

Have you been to The Movie Experience located at the North end of the Anaheim Garden Walk? I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s just a movie theater. Big deal right? Well it is a pretty big deal. Giving the Krikorian Theaters a run for their money, The Movie Experience is currently the “experience” to beat when it comes to viewing cinema in OC. No joke, it’s hands down the best time I’ve had in a movie theater since I made out with my prom date during a screening of Basic Instinct.


Regardless of its debatably prime location at the Garden Walk, this was clearly someone’s passion project. The wonderful mid-century modern googie architecture, the spacious seats, the hip decor and the IMAX theater should be proof of their love for their customers. Add to that, the three Sky Lobby Theaters where you can bring in your beer, wine and coffee drinks served in the adjacent 21+ lounge (pictured below) and you can see why I think this place is such a winner!


The lounge overlooks the questionably hip Heat Ultra Lounge and offers an excellent indoor, liquor enhanced view of the Disneyland fireworks. It’s a really spectacular view. Oh yeah, did I mention that those three theaters feature really spacious reclining leather chairs, comfy sofas, end tables and a casual cozy atmosphere? Best of all: no children – sorry parents but your screaming babies and rowdy kids have no business attending many of films you seem to take them to these days – better hire a sitter and leave the kiddies at home.

If you haven’t been, you should check it out. Eagle Eye is playing at their IMAX theater as I type. How can you go wrong?

Tickets are $9.00 and $7.00 for a matinee (before 4:00 PM). Disneyland Cast Members get in for matinee price all the time. The Movie Experience is located on the second level of the Anaheim Garden Walk at 321 W Katella Ave in Anaheim. (714) 399-0300. Find them on the web at

3 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on September 29th, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    I’m just excited to have this theater here because they [lay mostly indie films. Hope to see Burn After Reading there.

    PS How was your IMAX "experience"?

  2. Jon (oc_jon) on September 30th, 2008 @ 5:49 am

    My IMAX experience was large and loud :) But fun. :)

  3. Dave Share (daveshare) on September 30th, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

    PS Heat’s website blows

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