As the DMV hunkers down for a long winter’s night, West Coast Hollywood types and tykes are looking forward to the film industry’s greatest night, the Academy Awards in March. Gather your little starlet and her movie buff friends to catch a few gems this season at one of these local hangouts, where babies are welcome and family fun and savings are among the credits. 

Photo: NYSCI

Alamo Cinema
This movie and eats combo in Ashburn and Woodbridge showcases kids and family events with a full page of tyke friendly fun like Alamo for All, sensory friendly, all-ages screenings where the lights are kept on low, and nobody has to swap diaper changes for scene changes as you can duck in and out anytime.  Check out also Victory Vanguard, a film club and discounts just for teens, or PBS kids T.V. show screenings where the admission price benefits your local station.

Online: drafthouse.com

American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
Typically catering to adults only film fans, AFI makes room for the occasional kid-friendly feature and series in their landmark theatre in downtown Silver Spring. Look out for runs like the Holiday Classic Series now playing, and special Silver Babies with first run showtimes on Friday mornings at an admission price of just $10 for parent and baby.

Online: afi.com

AMC Theaters
Most of AMC’s DMV locations now offer premium seating where everyone gets to put their feet up, as well as the traditional daytime discount for little peoples favorite movie showtime—before 4 PM. Also consider joining the chain’s loyalty program AMC Stubs, and take advantage of $5 Ticket Tuesdays, when you purchase at the box office.

Online: amctheatres.com

Angelika
What’s that you say?  Junior has been a bit of crybaby today?  You said it, not us.  But not to worry, this indie mecca with two locations in Northern Virginia, and the ultra-chic pop-up at Union Market, has you covered.  Bring the babe to the movies for a mid-day Crybaby Matinee onWednesdays in D.C., and Mondays in Farifax.  Check under the Programs and Events tabs for the latest showings. 

Online: angelikafilmcenter.com 

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Offering Monday discounts, Saturday morning birthday party opportunities, and special events like a Christmas movie marathon, this longtime neighborhood favorite is a go-to place for families. In addition to cinematic offerings, comedy nights feature live comics from Mad TV, Comedy Central and more. And have we mentioned the pub style food, or the adult bevvies?

Online: arlingtondrafthouse.com

Old Greenbelt Theater
This lively old fashioned spot in the heart of Old Greenbelt, itself declared a National Historic District in 1997, shows both first run and arthouse movies, and hosts film and other programs for all ages, including a bi-weekly Monday morning Storytime on Screen, free to the community, and an eclectic Family Series  with a broad variety of performances film fest screenings for kids.

Online: greenbelttheatre.org

The Avalon
Tops on the list at this Chevy Chase Circle favorite is the Weekend Family Matinee series which features singing, magic acts and more, including occasional family-friendly films screened in front of an old fashioned stage. Under an art deco gilded painted ceiling, the Avalon’s foreign and domestic arthouse selections make for a great date night, or perhaps brunch at the nearby Bread and Chocolate.

Online: theavalon.org

—Carolyn Ross