The luxurious Showplace Icon remains the best location in town for ultra-crystal-clear movie viewing and listening. No other auditorium comes near its level of precise projector focus, flawless lighting and superb surround sound. It also allows customers to reserve specific seats when they buy their tickets, though the screens look fine from whatever angle you see them. The beer and cocktail lounge on the second floor offers drinks that can be carried into the upstairs VIP seats. The best feature, however, is what it doesn’t permit: restricting toddlers from being brought into movies for grownups. We like kids, but there’s a time and a place, you know? 1625 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park; showplaceicon.com

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