My favorite theaters in Reno and Sparks, Nevada are clean, convenient, and affordable. There is plenty of free parking for each one. Whether you are part of a group or going solo, you’ll have change left for popcorn when you take advantage of the specials offered by the following theaters.
Century Sparks 14
The Century Sparks 14 is located in the same area as John Ascuaga’s Nugget. It has quite a bit of open parking, as well as a multi-level parking garage. You can find it at 1250 Victorian Avenue, Sparks NV 89431. The phone number is 775-353-7470.
If you are going to see a movie in 3-D, you will not get the special rate, but if you don’t care one way or the other about 3-D, the non 3-D version will generally be showing in one of the other auditoriums about the same time. The snack bar, like most theatres, is incredibly expensive, but clean, with friendly staff. I am familiar with the argument that they have to make the money somewhere, but when popcorn exceeded $2 for a small bag, and then more than doubled that price, it ended my movie popcorn experience. My heart says ‘thank you’, but I still miss my popcorn.
The first daily showing of a movie is ticketed at $5.50. The chairs are comfortable and roomy.
Grand Sierra Cinema
The Grand Sierra Cinema is located in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, located just past the ‘Spaghetti Bowl”, where Hwy 395 and Hwy 80 intersect. Take the Glendale or Mill exit off Highway 395 to the Resort, whose formal address is 2500 East 2nd Street, Reno NV 89595. The phone number is 775-789-2093.
Kids are welcome at the theatre, if their age qualifies for the movie. In addition to a full snack bar, there is a pizza house, ice cream parlor, and candy shop downstairs. The theatre features a mix of Hollywood hits and independent art films. Comfortable seating includes the traditional love seats that were part of the glamour, when the casino was owned by MGM.
Open 7 days a week, ticket prices are only $3 a person. The cinema generally offers one showing a day. Call them at 775-789-2093 for their scheduled movies and show times.
Century Reno Parklane 16
The Century Reno Parklane 16 is located at 210 East Plumb Lane in Reno, just off Virginia Street. The phone number is 775-824-3300. The gigantic mall beside the theater was sold and torn down just before the economy collapsed. The great plans dwindled and you will see a lot of blacktop with tumbleweeds growing through the cracks, where the mall and mall parking used to be. Luckily, the theater is going strong, with maintained parking in the front and back of the theater.
Reno Parklane offers the same first showing price as Century Sparks. The movies and schedules are available on Fandango, or if you are visiting and staying in a casino hotel, the concierge will have the information available. The seats are comfortable, and the snack bar well stocked.
Century Riverside 12:downtown Reno
Two of my children reminded me that this is their favorite theater, because of friendly staff and because they carry movies a bit longer than some of the other theaters. If you are visiting, or live near, downtown Reno, the Century Riverside 12 is located at 11 North Sierra Street, Reno. Parking is not as convenient; some of the parking garages in that area charge a fee and have closing hours that might not be compatible with the movie times. Most people park in one of the free casino lots or garages and walk over. Century Riverside also offers the first showing of the day rate. Call them at 775-786-2753 for information.
Enjoy your trip to the movies, and come back soon.
The opinions are based on my experience and attendance at the above theaters.