If you’re a fan of movies, but shudder at the thought of taking the kids to a theater because it can get rather expensive for a stadium seat, a small popcorn and no guarantee that the kids will behave, then read on Mama (or Papa) because we’ve found the perfect solution: The Angelika Film Center & Café. When you’re in need of a family film fest, visit this haven for movie loving hipsters and their little ones.

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Artfully Delightful
Little ones will skip joyfully into the Angelika and throughout its modern, state-of-the-art halls with ultra-slick seating and funky wall art. Reserved seating (via online ticketing) will guarantee that no amount of potty breaks keeps you and the kiddos from sitting front and center (or wherever their little heart’s desire) to enjoy classic flicks like The Princess Bride, The Witches, and Indiana Jones, and newer gems like Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Bonus? Screens outside each theatre offer a countdown to movie time (including previews). If you have a little indie buff on your hands, the Angelika is infamous for its eclectic offerings of international film festival nominees (Violette, Chef), foreign language films (Bethlehem) and opera/ballet/theatre events (Carmen, Coriolanus).

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Not Your Mama’s Theatre

You say you’re a new parent? Well then Angelika has just the thing for you—Crybaby Matinees! Every Monday at 11 am, join fellow moms and dads for a stress free visit to the cinema with dimmed lights, lowered volume and plenty of flicks to remind you that leaving the house is a good thing. Think: everything from The Hangover to Dawn of Planet of the Apes, Lone Survivor to August: Osage County. And, since it’s called “Crybaby Matinee” there’s no need to duck and run if your little one starts wailing part way through the previews.

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The first Saturday of the month, the Angelika offers Flashback Family Films, where families can bond as a unit over Mom and Pop favs like The Goonies, The Land Before Time, and the original Muppets movie. On Tuesdays, older siblings will feel super cool when they show their student ID and score a $9 ticket plus free popcorn. No guarantees they’ll want to share their buttery good fortune. Kids and their grownups will love Wake Up with Angelika where tickets are $6 before noon on Monday-Thursday, and all shows between 12 pm-4 pm are only $11. Little movie buffs in the making (3 and under) are always free. Looking for something totally out of this world to kick off the weekend? Then check out Films in the Park where movies like Brave, Apollo 13, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and a Frozen Sing-a-Long are broadcast on Angelika’s outdoor screen (7 pm start time) and Strawberry Park (right outside the front doors) becomes the place to catch some good QT time.the-junk-angelika-film-center

Café Cool
Like traditional movie theatres, outside food and drinks aren’t allowed but worry not Mama of picky eaters. With options like bacon and truffle mac and cheese, Kimchi hot dogs, artisan popcorn in flavors like tandoori yogurt and toasted caramel, giant cookie and milk, and gluten free pastries from Alexandria’s The Happy Tart, there really is something for everyone at the Angelika Café. It opens at 9 am daily, so fret not if the kids are up early and jonesing for an adventure before movie time. For those taking in an afternoon matinee, they have beer and wine including Prosecco and port (!). Kiddos can choose from hot chocolate, mint lemonade and even milk. For extra extra good movie goers, Angelika offers “The Junk”, featuring potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, and Rice Krispy Treats drizzled in dark chocolate ganache and salted peanut butter caramel. Be still our beating hearts.

Angelika Film Center at Mosaic
2911 District Ave. (Fairfax, Va)
Online: angelikafilmcenter.com/mosaic

Have you visited the Angelika yet with your kids? Tell us about the trip in the comments below. 

—Hilary Riedemann

 Photos courtesy of Jenna L. via Yelp, Angelika Film Center, Lendsey C. via Yelp