Best movie theater: Suns Cinema

Media Credit: Graeme Sloan | Contributing Photo Editor

Suns Cinema makes its home on the first floor of a cozy townhouse adorned with art and far-out decorations, like red wallpaper with zebra print surrounding the back-of-the-room bar.

Location: 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW
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While big-name chain movie theaters are great for catching the latest blockbusters, Suns Cinema – a hidden gem in Mount Pleasant – boasts an eccentric atmosphere and an offbeat movie selection.

The unconventional theater makes its home on the first floor of a cozy townhouse adorned with art and far-out decorations, like red wallpaper with zebra print surrounding the back-of-the-room bar. Toward the back of the space, an array of stylish antique chairs – some of which are upholstered with vibrant colors – sit in front of the movie screen.

Tickets to any movie can be purchased on the Suns Cinema website, where a full movie schedule is also listed, for about $10. Films range from 2000s hits like “Mean Girls” to episodes of TV shows like “I Love Lucy” and 1940s war films like “To Be or Not to Be.”

Before the movie begins or during the 10-minute intermission, guests can head to the intimate bar in the back of the room that offers a selection of affordable drinks like $3 cans of PBR, a $6 local brew, a $7 glass of wine or a $10 featured cocktail that rotates nightly. If you’re in the mood for a snack, you can enjoy a range of options like frozen Rolos ($3), vegan pork rinds ($4) and popcorn ($3) prepared from an old-fashioned popcorn machine.

The owners of Suns Cinema, David Cabrera and Ryan Hunter Mitchell, financed the theater after launching a Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $16,000 to open the theater in May 2016.

Suns Cinema’s quirky interior and uncommon movie screenings have drawn attention to genres of film that are often overshadowed by million-dollar blockbusters, making it stand out from other theaters in the District.

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