Let’s Go to the Movies, Des Moines!

Let’s Go to the Movies, Des Moines!

Updated January 1, 2020

Snow. Sleet. Rain. Hail. Temperatures so cold you don’t need an Icee for brain freeze. It’s been a long winter here in Central Iowa. When you want to duck out of the elements — or just cure cabin fever — you can take the fam to the movies.  Here in Des Moines, most of the movie theatres are kid-friendly and run promotions that make ticket prices a bit more affordable.  Here’s a roundup of where you can take the family out to a movie this winter in Des Moines.

Movie Theatres in Des Moines:

Blank IMAX Dome Theatre – CLOSED Until Further Notice

401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines
Website: http://www.sciowa.org/imax/schedule/
This is one of four IMAX theatres in the state of Iowa.  Whether it’s showing a science documentary or a blockbuster, Blank IMAX makes every film an experience. Be sure to check out their website for details on current shows and to purchase tickets in advance. And, note that IMAX ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Tip: Wednesday After Class – Half price documentary tickets.  Offered during the school year only. Children (ages 2-13) must be accompanied by an adult.

AMC Classic Cobblestone 9

8501 Hickman Road
Des Moines
Phone: (515) 276-2419
Website: http://www.amctheatres.com
This is the smallest of the three AMC theatres in the area.  We like to go here for a cheap low-key movie experience without the crowds.  The theatre has a bit of age on it (I remember attending movies here as a kid), but has been updated since AMC took it over. The theatres and screens are a bit on the small side and there is no stadium seating, so the kids may need to sit up front to see.

Tip: Low Ticket Prices starting at $4.99+tax (before 4pm).

AMC Classic Southridge 12

6720 SE 14th Street
Des Moines
Phone: (515) 256-0801
Website: http://www.amctheatres.com
This theatre is conveniently located near Southridge Mall.  The theatre is clean, there is plenty of parking and is not overly crowded.  The theatre has stadium seating and is a good place to take kids for matinees.

Tip:  Low Ticket Prices starting at $4.99+tax (before 4pm).

AMC Classic Johnston 16

5233 NW 86th Street
Phone: (515) 331-3256
Website: http://www.amctheatres.com
We actually frequent this theatre quite a bit.  We love the new recliner seating and like that it’s conveniently located off the interstate.  There are also quite a few restaurants in the area to grab a quick bite after the show.  This theatre has been recently remodeled, the theatres are average sized and have stadium seating.  They also added MacGuffins Bar, where you can purchase adult beverages

Tip: Join AMC Stubs (FREE to join with a paid upgrade option) to enjoy disccounted tickets all day every Tuesday.

B & B Ankeny 12 & B-Roll Bowling

1580 SW Market Street
Phone: (515) 423-0979
Website: https://www.bbtheatres.com/location/Springwood-9
Located in Ankeny’s The District shopping area of Prairie Trail, this is the newest and most innovative theatre in Des Moines.   Not only can you see a movie here, but you can take advantage of it’s other ammenities, including screenPLAY!, where kids can play on a playground complete with a slide for 30 minutes before show time.  Other features include a 12 lane bowling alley, an arcade and a bar and grill.

Tip: See a Matinee (before 5:00 pm) to save a couple of bucks.

Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD

101 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines
Phone: (515) 267-8981
Website: http://www.cinemark.com/
Located in Jordan Creek Mall this recently remodeled theatre is the largest in the area.  This multiplex is guaranteed to have hourly screenings of all of the latest blockbusters and the theatres and screens are huge.  It’s also the busiest and most crowded of the theatres.  We try to go at off hours and avoid Friday and Saturday evenings like the plague.

Tip: Join Cinemark Movie Rewards program to receive a discount from the regular weekday price on the tickets you purchase – only on Tuesdays.

Cinemark Altoona and XD

2227 Adventureland Drive
Phone: (515) 967-2236
Website:  https://www.cinemark.com/iowa/cinemark-altoona-and-xd
One of the newest theatres in town, Cinemark Altoona and XD has all the bells and whistles for a great movie going experience.  They have stadium seating along with Luxury Loungers in each of their 12 theatres.  They also have several options at their concession stand and a bar where you can purchase adult beverages.  The theatre is also conveniently located right off of I-80 near Adventureland and the Outlets of Des Moines.

Tip: Join Cinemark Movie Rewards program to receive a discount from the regular weekday price on the tickets you purchase – only on Tuesdays.

Fleur Cinema & Café

4545 Fleur Drive
Des Moines
Phone: (515) 287-4545
Website: http://fleurcinema.com/
If you want to catch the latest indie flick or foreign film this is the place to do it in Des Moines.  Personally, I think this is more of a date night for parents and hesitated to include it on this list.  However, they do show the occasional kid appropriate movie.  While you are there, sample some of their unique movie snacks, such as, gourmet popcorn, adult beverages and decadent desserts.

Tip: The Fleur does ask that parents not bring kids under the age of six to the theatre.

Flix Brewhouse

3800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines
Phone: (515) 612-9200
Website: http://www.flixbrewhouse.com/des-moines
People seem to love the concept of enjoying craft beer and casual dining while watching the latest flick.  Go figure!  Flix Brewhouse offers eight “dining rooms”, which include stadium seating.  Kids are welcome, but be sure to check out their age policy on their website, as they cannot attend all shows at all times.

Tip: They offer special discounted children’s movies. Check their events listings on their website to see what’s upcoming. 

Fridley Copper Creek 9 Theatres

1325 Copper Creek Drive
Pleasant Hill
Phone: (515) 266-2676
Website: http://www.fridleytheatres.com/pleasanthill.html
Located in Pleasant Hill this theatre is clean and is decent sized with stadium seating.  Except on Friday and Saturday nights, this theatre is not overly busy and is a great place for families to catch the latest kid flick. It’s in a nice location close to restaurants, if you’re looking for a bite to eat before or after the show.

Tip: Bargain Day every Tuesday.  Receive a discount on regularly priced tickets plus buy any beverage and receive a FREE 46 oz. bag of popcorn.

Fridley Paramount 7 Theatres

105 S. 1st Street
Phone: (515) 961-7250
Website: http://www.fridleytheatres.com/indianola.html
This is the smallest of the Fridley theatres in the area.  It’s located on the square in Indianola and is a nice, clean small town theatre.   Free refills on all drinks and popcorn keep cinema outings affordable for families. Customer experience is the priority, and it shows in the way employees seem to appreciate every person who walks in the door.

Tip: Bargain Day every Tuesday.  Receive a discount on regularly priced tickets plus buy any beverage and receive a FREE 46 oz. bag of popcorn.

Palms Theatres & IMAX

200 Northeast Westgate Drive
Phone:  (515) 282-9287
Website: http://www.fridleytheatres.com/location/47961/Palms-Theatres-and-IMAX-Showtimes
The newest theatre in the area, Fridley’s Palms Theatres & IMAX in Waukee features 15-screens with luxury recliners in every theatre with a few auditoriums offering in-seat dining and housing the largest IMAX screen in the state.

Tip: Bargain Day every Tuesday.  Receive a discount on regularly priced tickets plus buy any beverage and receive a FREE 46 oz. bag of popcorn.




What’s your favorite kid-friendly movie theatre in Des Moines? Leave us a comment below and tell us where your family goes to the movies.

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