How to Find a Theater Near You

by Luke Arthur

Whether you want to catch the latest blockbuster or a classic play, you'll need to locate a theater. If you are in an unfamiliar area and you do not know where the closest theater is, you can find one in a few different ways. If you have a smart phone or a computer with an Internet connection, the job should be simple. In some cases, you can use applications that were specifically designed for this purpose.

Items you will need

  • Smart phone
  • Internet connection
  • Yellow Pages

With a Computer

Step 1

Open your Internet browser and visit Google Maps.

Step 2

Click on the link that says "Set default location." Then enter your location into the text box and click on "Save."

Step 3

Enter "Theater" into the search box. After you hit "Enter" on the keyboard, you should see all of the local theaters on your map. At that point, you can select individual theaters and read more information about each one. If you choose one that you like, you then can get directions from your current location.

Step 4

Follow the directions presented by the maps application and find the theater.

With a Smart Phone

Step 1

Click on the Maps button or similar application with your smart phone. If you have an iPhone or an Android, you can simply click on the "Maps" application on the home screen. On a Blackberry, you can use the Blackberry Maps application.

Step 2

Type "Theater" into the search box on your maps application. You then will see the location of all of the theaters in your area. You also can see where you are located in relation to the theaters. The application then can provide you with walking or driving directions and track how close you are along the way.

Step 3

Use a specific movie theater application to find a local theater. For example, on the iPhone, you can use the "Showtimes" app to find local theaters. Once you open the application, it will use your location to find theaters around you. You then can see the show times for the movies that are playing and even get directions to the theater that you choose.

Newspaper and Yellow Pages

Step 1

Obtain a copy of the local newspaper.

Step 2

Look in the "Entertainment" section if one is available. If the newspaper does not have a section devoted to entertainment, you should be able to find a section with movie show times for all of the theaters in the area. The ad should have the phone number of the theater, which you can call to get directions.

Step 3

Access the Yellow Pages portion of the phone book. Look under "Theaters" and find a theater in your area. The phone book should have the address of the theater as well as the phone number. Call the number and get directions.