There’s something incredibly nostalgic about going to the movies.
The smell of popcorn, the squishy seats, the giant soda cups…
Running off to the movies for a couple of hours feels like a little magical treat from another time that we’re lucky enough to still have today.
That's why we love taking a trip to the Lodi Movie Theater.
(part of Santa Rosa Cinemas)
109 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
Contents: Itineraries for Your Visit to the Lodi Movie Theater
It’s amazing that in this day and age, we can all come to an agreement that for a 1½ hours, we’re not going to look at our phones.
We’re not going to scroll through social media, we’re not going to return texts and emails, and we’re not going to listen to voicemails and take calls.
What a remarkable contract we all enter when we walk into a movie theater together! Sheer magic. How nice that after several years of uncertainty, we can enjoy these small moments together.
You can skip off to the Lodi Movie Theater for a quick trip, or you can make a day of your experience by enjoying the spots Downtown Lodi has to offer.
Here's a list of our favorite spots, and a couple of itineraries for you to try, too. Whether you’re heading out as a family, group of friends, on a date, or as a solo venture, read on to discover the perfect way to spend your day at the Lodi Movie Theater.
Itinerary for Friends
For friends looking to do something with their hands before or after vegging in a comfy theater chair, check out The Mud Mill! Get in touch with your creative side at this pottery painting studio. You can call ahead or walk in. Sessions are 2 hours long, so you can truly make a day of your Downtown Lodi experience after hitting the theater.
When it comes time to grab a bite, you'll love the atmosphere at Lodi Beer Company. The menu has a wide range of delicious options, and plenty of space for eating indoors, dining on the patio, and large groups.
Itinerary for Couples
A classic date combination: dinner and a movie. Why not add on a bit of relaxation and pampering at Perfect Balance Day Spa?
In addition to an array of massage options, they also offer hair/nails, facials, lashes/tints, and more. They even offer special Midweek Escape packages on Tuesday-Thursday, if you want to head over on a weekday. To quote their tagline: "Life is great...massage makes it better."
West Oak Nosh is a popular date spot, full of yummy options inspired by German fare. Just around the corner from the Lodi Movie Theater, you can indulge in their variety of beer and wine options before or after your show. Whether you want to grab brunch, lunch, or dinner, West Oak Nosh is a sweet spot to take your sweetheart on your movie date.
Itinerary for Families
Heading to Lodi Stadium 12 as a family? If you have kiddos, they'll love the World of Wonders Science Museum! Enjoy an opportunity to make learning fun right in Historic Downtown Lodi. Head just down the street to share in some delicious slices. Smack Pie Pizza is a family-owned pizzeria serving traditional wood fire oven pizza with a unique Smack Pie twist. You have to check it out.
Itinerary for Solos on a Treat-Yourself Day
Sometimes taking a day for yourself is just what you need.
Tom's Used Books is a great stop for bibliophiles and animal-lovers alike-you'll spot a cat or two resting among the shelves. In business since 1996, this local independent bookstore offers an escape from bustling real life, much like the Lodi Movie Theater.
Before or after hitting the movies, we love heading to the Dancing Fox Winery & Brewery not only for the great food & drink, but also the people-watching opportunities! Bring a book from Tom's and a pair of sunglasses and watch the interesting folk go by.
Lodi Certified Farmers Market
By the way, every Thursday between May 12th– August 25th from 5pm to 8pm, you can enjoy the best local produce, cheese and meat vendors California has to offer, right along School Street in Lodi, Ca.
Stay tuned for the 2023 schedule, beginning in May of next year.
Directory: Local Spots to Visit Before & After Your Movie
Before/After Movie To-Dos
108 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
115 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
401 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
116 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
120 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
21 W Oak St, Lodi, CA 95240
15 W Oak St, Lodi, CA 95240
111 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
226 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
100 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
110 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
11 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
16 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
201 W Locust St, Lodi, CA 95240
2 N Sacramento St, Lodi, CA 95240
Every Thursday, beginning May 12th - August 25th from 5pm to 8pm
Breakfast & Brunch Spots
117 W Elm St, Lodi, CA 95240
115 South School Street #3, Lodi, CA 95240
10 W Oak St, Lodi, CA 95242
Lunch & Dinner Spots
21 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
105 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
123 W Elm St, Lodi, CA 95240
113 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
27 W Elm St, Lodi, CA 95240
28 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
107 N Sacramento St, Lodi, CA 95240
117 N Sacramento St, Lodi, CA 95240
125 N Sacramento St, Lodi, CA 95240
212 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
121 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
21 W Lodi Ave, Lodi, CA 95240
110 W Oak St, Lodi, CA 95240
115 W Elm St, Lodi, CA 95240
222 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
11 Church St Ste. B, Lodi, CA 95240
115 S School St #4, Lodi, CA 95240
22 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240
115 S School St #5, Lodi, CA 95240
9 W Locust St, Lodi, CA 95240
22 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
114 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
14 S School St, Lodi, CA 95242
40 Downtown Mall, Lodi, CA 95240
14 S School St, Lodi, CA 95240