Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Movie Theater

Riverview Theater

Some folks prefer to see movies at a soul-crushingly corporate but deliciously high-tech suburban megaplex. Some choose the character of a neighborhood cinema despite a low-quality picture and seating that can only be described as sardine-like. Luckily, the Riverview Theater combines the best parts of both in a neat package, delivering a space that drips with history and local flavor but sacrifices nothing in its technical offerings. With a lush, retro-fashionable lounge and quirky lighting, the lobby isn't just a place to pay for your ticket, it's a destination in itself. The friendly staff make you feel right at home, and the popcorn and soda are affordable and delicious. Comfortable seats cushion your tush, and the picture and sound rival that of the AMCs and Kerasotes. Best of all, the special screenings offer more than the usual fare, such as the current series of Hitchcock films.

Best Movie Theater (2014) The Riverview

Best Movie Theater (2013) Riverview Theater

BEST MOVIE THEATER (2007) Riverview Theater


BEST MOVIE THEATER (2010) Riverview Theater

BEST MOVIE THEATER (2008) Riverview Theater

Best Way to Spend $5 (2019) Riverview Theater

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Best AM Radio Personality Al Malmberg

Best Art Gallery Art of This Gallery

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Best Book Publisher Graywolf Press

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Columnist Nick Coleman

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Best Dance Performance in the Past 12 Months Mad King Thomas

Best Dance Performance of a Classic University of Minnesota Dance Program students performing Missa Brevis

Best Dancer Marciano Silva Dos Santos

Best Director Marion McClinton

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Best FM Radio Personality Mark Wheat, 89.3 the Current

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Best Local-Music Compilation Twin Town High

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

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Best Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best New Stage Gremlin Theatre

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Best Record Label Rhymesayers Entertainment

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Best Sports Anchor Randy Shaver, KARE 11

Best Sports-Talk Radio Host Dan Cole, KFAN

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Best TV Newscaster Alix Kendall, Fox 9

Best TV Station Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

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