New Yorkers love movies. For one, the city has plenty of amazing locations for filming, and its central location means that you can regularly brush elbows with stars on the subway. Unlike other places, where the only movie theaters are large corporate chains, here in New York there are plenty of small movie theaters where you can see all sorts of films. I recently came across an article that shares some of the coolest movie theaters in New York, listed below:
Nitehawk Cinema: This Williamsburg hotspot mostly focuses on third-run and indie films along with the occasional blockbuster. However, the main draw here is the event programming, such as “Country Brunchin’”, which offers brunch and western films, or “Booze and Books”, which focuses on film adaptations of books. And to make it even better, they offer drinks so that you can drink while watching your movie.
Film Society of Lincoln Center: With a tagline “film lives here”, the Film Society of Lincoln Center talks a big game, but they’re able to back it up. It’s best known for its two festivals: the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, although it’s busy all year round. The offerings here are diverse indeed, with plenty of unique films and no shortage of fun events.
Landmark Sunshine Cinema: Located on Houston just a couple blocks from Katz’s Deli, this is a surprisingly large theater that offers art-house films, midnight showings of cult classics and special screenings. It’s located next door to Fool’s Gold, one of the neighborhood’s best beer/whiskey bars, which offers a 10% discount to anybody who can show their movie ticket.
The Paris Theatre: Unless you’re looking for it, you’ll miss this small theater just south of Central Park. It only shows one film at a time, so your options are limited, but it’s a wonderfully cozy place, where you never have to wait at the theater before the film starts (queuing in the lobby is banned).
IFC: If it hasn’t been played here, then it probably doesn’t exist. The IFC screens a whole array of films, from sci-fi cult classics to Oscar-nominated short films, and has a reputation for showing the best independent films; if you go early, you’ll even be able to catch a short film that screens before every feature. With the exception of the “main” theater, the theaters here are small and cozy, making films here an intimate and immersive experience.