Notable Destinations: Angelika Film Center

Angelika Film Center at night by LaTur on Flickr

Angelika Film Center at night by LaTur on Flickr

One of the most innovative theaters in Fairfax is the Angelika Film Center and Cafe. Opened in 2012, it has become a popular location in the Mosaic district.

The theater’s architecture has a modern edge. Open spaces with cement floors, glass walls, and chandeliers give this theater a refreshingly current appearance. This is one of the reasons why Angelika is popular; it is distinctly artistic, without coming off as weird or obnoxious.

The food at the Angelika is not what you’d find at a normal movie theater. In addition to popcorn, candies, and sodas, there is a diverse range of other concessions. The Angelika’s signature “Junk,” a moderately-priced container of Rice Krispie squares, pretzels, chocolate, caramel, popcorn, and peanuts, is interesting enough to grasp the attention of cinematic “foodies.” If you want to stay on the less adventurous side of movie snacking, a variety of artisan popcorn, cupcakes, hot dogs, and nachos are available. The third floor lounge and the concessions counter also sell a wide selection of wine and beer. The cafe on the first floor sells entrees at reasonable prices (most are under $10.00), along with coffee and pastries.

The movie selection at the Angelika is unique and ranges from the most mainstream blockbusters to obscure foreign films  and indie flicks. Cult movies like It Follows and popular features like Inside Out or Jurassic World don’t usually play in the same space, and this presents a wide selection of movies to choose from. The Angelika also hosts film festivals where they play movies that aren’t currently in theaters, like Back to the Future or Spirited Away.

The seats at Angelika can be selected at the theater or online. This means that you can pick your seats beforehand, rather than look for enough room in a good spot to watch your movie after entering the theater. They are arranged in a stadium style, which is spacious and gives you a better view of the screen so that you don’t have to peer over whoever is sitting in front of you.

The Angelika is a step forward into the future of movie theaters. Check it out on your next Northern Virginia outing.

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Written by Aaron Royce

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