Unique Ankeny Movie Theater: B&B Theatres Screen Play!

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B&B Theatres in Ankeny is so much more than the average Ankeny movie theater. This complex offers an MX4D theater, Grand Screens, bowling, an arcade, and a full service restaurant and bar. But one of the most popular features that parents want to try is Screen Play! 

Our family decided to give it a try to see how smooth the concept of Screen Play would actually go.

Climbing structure next to movie theater seats at B&B Theatres Ankeny Screen Play.

What is Screen Play at B&B Theater?

Screen Play is a pretty genius concept. Inside one of the B and B theatres is a large play area for kids. There is a tall climbing structure and a netted area with a slide. There is also a play area on the ground at the front of the theater for smaller children.

Play area for kids in front of movie theater screen.

The theater opens up 30 minutes before your show time and your children are invited to run, play, and dance until the movie begins. There are a couple employees on hand to help answer questions and make sure everyone is following directions.

On the big screen, they show trivia, singing, dancing, and a small countdown clock so children are aware of how much more time they have to play before it’s time to settle in their seats for the movie. 

About 90 seconds before the timer goes off, a song begins to play to let children know they need to return to their seats. The employees lock up the play area, the lights get turned down and the movie begins.

Timer on movie theater screen.

I was a little concerned our daughter would complain and keep asking throughout the movie to play, but there was none of that! The kids were out of breath, worn out, and ready for the movie to begin. Thankfully we had ultra-comfortable, leather recliners with heating options so we could lay back and relax!

Here are some more tips for enjoying this Ankeny movie theater:

  1. Make sure your children are wearing socks.
  2. There are family restrooms located right outside of the theater.
  3. The Screen Play theater costs more ($3 upcharge) than other theaters. This is definitely a special experience!
  4. The aisles and seats are spaced nicely. Very roomy!

More than Movies

The B&B movie theater in Ankeny, Iowa, not only offers Screen Play, but they also offer the MX4D theater and Grand Screens – some of the largest screens in the nation. There are several options for you to choose how you want to experience your favorite movie!

The Ankeny theater is the first B&B Theatre to offer B-Roll Bowling. There are several bowling lanes available and above all the lanes are large televisions. 

Bowling alley.

For even more fun, there’s the Outtakes Arcade, filled with interactive arcade games. You can purchase tokens that are put on a card. Just swipe the card on each game when you want to play. As you play, the card keeps track of any tickets you may win. After you are done playing, you can trade in your card for prizes.

Arcade game.

They also offer a full-service restaurant and bar. Not only is it the perfect place for a family night out, but date night too. Not looking to eat a sit-down meal? They also offer popcorn, candy, hot dogs and other quick bites to take into the theater to watch the movie.

If you’re looking for an Ankeny movie theater with tons of fun for the whole family, you’ll definitely want to check out B&B Theatres!

Address: 1580 SW Market Street Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone Number: 515-964-5500
Website: https://bbtheatres.com/location/Ankeny-12 


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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