Movie Theaters

When you going to Sanibel Island, you never thought about seeing a movie but when multiple days of bad weather, you need something different, watching movies is the best option. Sanibel Island has small but beautiful movie’s theater called Island Cinema. The Island Cinema has been a Sanibel tradition and landmark for over 20 years, with charming little theater (2 screens), Island Cinema always showing first-run movies.  They movie contracts range from 1 to 3 weeks long, depending on the movies are offered at that time. Showtimes generally change on Friday.

When you want to enjoy the movie on your vacation, Island Cinema open box office 30 minutes prior to first showtime of the day. Depending on weather, you will want to arrive before each showtime by 15-20 minutes for choice seating, but in certain circumstances like popular movies or bad weather, you may want to arrive earlier. For general admission ticket holders, the earlier you arrive will grant you a better choice of seats. For VIP ticket holders, you can arrive right at showtime when the concession line will be less crowded, and your seats will be saved where you intended when you purchased them.

Weather is the biggest determiner on whether they are busy or not. Generally sunny days mean you will have an easier time getting good seats. Stormy conditions almost guarantee they will sell out their shows, as they only have 59 seats per theater, 2 handicapped chairs that are removable in the front row, and the remainder of the rows seat 5 across.

Island Cinema privately owned and managed the theater, and are not affiliated with any third party ticketing website. You can visit this only movie’s theater on the island at 535 Tarpon Bay Rd. in the Bailey’s shopping center. The box-office generally opens 30 minutes prior to first showtime of each day.

Besides Island Cinema, Sanibel Island also has Big Arts. In 1979 Big Arts was created by and for the community, and owes its rich history to a small band of dedicated artists who drew inspiration from each other and from the breath-taking island beauty that
infused their work with grace and authenticity. They set out to create a special gathering place where artistic and educational experiences were accessible to all. Big Arts usually  serves with foreign films, documentaries and “edgy” independent films. Although unlike Cinema Island, but this place also an ideal visit if you want to relax watching movies at Sanibel Island.

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