A Night at the Movies

For decades, visiting the movie theater has been a top form of entertainment. When living in Kent, Ohio, students have quite a few options for how they wish to view new movies. In this post, I’m going to highlight the three movie-going experience available around town.

University Plaza Theaters in Kent, OHUniversity Plaza Theater
Located off of Water St. down in University Plaza stands the rustic University Plaza Theater. University Plaza is the most local, standard movie theater, showing new movies with the occasional children’s flashback flick. Although University Plaza is not the size of a Regal Cinemas or an AMC theatre, each room fits about 50-100 occupants, allowing for a more close-up, intimate viewing experience. Tuesday night at University Plaza is Kent State night, where every movie is $5 with a Kent State flashcard. For all movie listings and times, click here.  University Plaza is located at 140 Cherry Street, Kent, OH.

The KIVA at Kent State UniversityThe KIVA
Exclusively for Kent State students, movies are shown before they are sent to video every weekend at the KIVA on campus, next to the Student Center. Real Late Reels at the KIVA are completely free just as long as students bring their Kent State University flashcard. Next weekend’s movie is Transformers: Age of Extinction and it will be shown on Oct. 10-11 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Click here for a full listing of upcoming movies and dates.

Midway Drive-In Theater in Kent, OH

Photo retrieved from Midway Drive-In Theater on Facebook

Midway Drive-In Theater
On Route 59, just past Walmart stands the Midway Drive-In Theater. Open seasonally on weekends, the drive-in is $19 per car, allowing all passengers to view two movies. While Midway only shows four movies at a time, going to a drive-in theater is a fun experience for large groups (I highly recommend loading up a car of good friends and splitting the price). This weekend on Screen 1 is The Boxtrolls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and on Screen 2, Annabelle and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Definitely check out this theater before it closes for the winter season!

Now, going to the movies is definitely a great source of entertainment. I don’t, however, recommend this for a first date. You obviously can’t get to know anyone when you can’t talk. All of the theaters in Kent are great and easily accessible. If you’re looking for an idea of a good movie to see this weekend, too, I recommend seeing This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda, at University Plaza. It’s a comedy about dysfunctional siblings and their journeys through adulthood.

If you have any questions about any of the theaters or recommendations about upcoming movies, please leave a comment! I love receiving feedback from readers.


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