5 (and a half) Indie Theaters To Check Out

Looking for a theater to watch independent, foreign, or artsy films in Orange County? How about an affordable theater near you where you can relax and watch some of the newer releases? Here are five (and a half) theaters that you should check out to get your indie movie fix.


The Frida Cinema
The Frida Cinema

The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th Street #100
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 285-9422

The Frida Cinema is an independent arthouse theater in Santa Ana, CA with vintage décor, two screens, and amazing quality independent classic, student, short, anime, and avant-garde cinematic programs that play during the year-round film festivals. The Frida is a not-for-profit arts organization, that is dedicated to connecting and educating the community through the art of cinema. The theater was founded on February 21, 2012, and has since created a number of community events, live concerts, and amazing diverse cultural experiences for people of all ages. Tonight their presenting “The Mads: Live At The Frida” at 8 pm and “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” (1978) at 11 pm. You can check out the rest of the weekend’s lineup on their calendar.

Lido Theatre
3459 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 673-8350

I enjoy walking into the theater for its vintage aesthetic. Florescent sea life is painted on the walls which glows in the dark. It’s one of five Regency Theaters in Orange County. Regency Theaters locations center around the West coast and Hawaii and show new and older movies to movie fans.

Edwards University Town Center 6
4245 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(844) 462-7342


Edwards Westpark 8
3735 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
(844) 462-7342

I’ll usually venture out to these two Edwards theaters for indie movies. They primarily show independent, foreign, and artsy films that aren’t as widely available as the more mainstream options. It’s never too packed, the theaters are older, but the venues are clean, and the employees are nice. If you want independent films, this is where you go.

Starlight Cinema City Theatres
5635 E La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 970-6700

Here’s a tip. Want free popcorn? Of course you do. Check in on Yelp upon arrival for a huge free popcorn before you catch a movie. They have $6 movies all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and they keep a vintage 70s vibe happening with the theater’s appearance. You can see newer and older releases for a decent price when you don’t want to break the bank. It’s definitely worth the visit.

Art Theatre Long Beach
Art Theatre Long Beach

Art Theatre
2025 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 438-5435

Art Deco building design, vintage décor, and great films. The Art Theater shows independent, artsy, and foreign films to the community. It’s a smaller and older theater, but it is near an area where you can also wander through interesting shops, stores, and restaurants of the same 20s-30s vibe.


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