5 Top Spots for Memorable Movie-going in NYC

5 Top Spots for Memorable Movie-going in NYC

Interior of one of Metrograph's two theaters. (Photo by Mirella Cheeseman, Courtesy of Metrograph LLC)

In college, I would to go the movies at least once a week. There was something really special about sitting in a dark theater and taking in a story that you could interpret different than the person sitting in front of you. It was a shared experience, but still something inherently personal. We’re presently in the thick of awards season as we race toward the Academy Awards, and the need to see great movies is contagious! NYC has movie theaters that show currently running flicks, limited released, as well as cult favorites, forgotten gems and huge hits from the past. Here are a few of the more unique movie houses around town. 

Metrograph (Lower East Side/Chinatown): New to the city in 2016, this two-screen theater projects movies in archive-quality 35mm or state-of-the-art digital video, depending on the movie. The curated screenings include rare films from the past century, recent movies from the past decade, in addition to movies that coincide with special events like Q&As from filmmakers, critics and authors. Check the Events page on the website for the most up-to-date schedule of guests.

The Paris Theatre (Midtown West): Located near The Plaza, Manhattan’s lone single-screen theater tends to show recently released art-house and foreign films. The theater first opened in 1948 by Pathé Cinema, but has been operated by City Cinemas since 2009. I saw “The Imitation Game” (the historical drama about Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch) here a couple years ago and enjoyed the no-frills simplicity of the theater.  

Walter Reade Theater (Upper West Side): Lincoln Center’s home for its Film Society, this theater is dedicated to sharing the art of filmmaking. Its eclectic programming is shown in 35mm, DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and other formats, depending on the movie. From recent releases, to foreign films to film festivals and series, the Walter Reade Theater has movies for film lovers and those looking to witness art from a different country or culture. I saw Jim Jarmusch’s modern vampire flick “Only Lovers Left Alive” here and am always impressed by the selection of films running at any given time.

Film Forum (South Village): This nonprofit movie house has three screens and is open every single day of the year, showing an array of international and domestic films that cover a wide variety of social, historial, cultural and political topics. From popular films of the past (think classic Brando and James Dean flicks) to foreign films of today, Film Forum is a haven for cinema lovers. One of the movies I saw here within the past few years was Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film “The Lodger,” with live piano accompaniment!

iPic Fulton Market Building (Seaport District): Showing current releases, iPic offers moviegoers the kind of comfy experience most of us have when watching movies at home, with Premium Plus seats reclining and having a personal pillow, blanket and complimentary popcorn. Certain seats offer seat-side service, allowing you to get food and drinks brought to you during the movie. With reserved seating, you decide where you sit, depending on which amenities you want to experience during your trip to the cinema. Come for a movie, stay for a meal at The Tuck Room, a trendy dining room and bar located at the theater.

Premium Plus Pod seating at iPic Theaters at the Fulton Marke Buildingt—so cozy! (Courtesy iPic Theaters)

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