Your 'reel' best bets: A world of movies at a fraction of the price
With multiplex prices hitting $13 and the cost of 3-D movies even higher, the city’s big-screen movie buffs are feeling the financial pinch. But there are cinematic deals to be had all over NYC, offering great opportunities to check out the classics, some unknown gems and even the hottest new films for less than the premium price. Forget Netflix — here are some of the best venues for getting out of your apartment and seeing movies on the cheap:
AMC Theaters before noon
Various locations across the city, 888-AMC-4FUN
AMC offers an amazing deal at each of its New York theaters: All tickets for all movies before noon cost $6 (3-D movies cost $10). That’s for everything from a new release on opening day to a movie at the end of its run. There’s no more affordable way to see Hollywood’s latest offerings.
11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400
MoMA is free on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and so are its movies. The museum boasts a consistently top-notch film program — featuring movies of all stripes, drawn from across the globe — and if you take a chance on one of its selections, you’re guaranteed to see something original and interesting.
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave., 212-505-5181
Avant-garde cinema icon Jonas Mekas’ film preservation/study/exhibition institution, housed in the East Village, shows a wealth of one-of-a-kind movies each year. They range from programs of shorts and obscure experimental features to new films and Hollywood revivals. Tickets cost $9 for the general public and $6 for members ($60 for a one-year single membership and $90 for couples).
Rubin Museum — Cabaret Cinema
150 W. 17th St., 212-620-5000
The Rubin Museum of Art presents classic films tied into current exhibits every Friday at
9:30 p.m. Tickets are free (with a $7 minimum bar tab), and the museum secures celebrity guests such as performance artist Marina
Abramovic to discuss the movies in depth.
Upcoming films include “Citizen Kane” and
“The Lady Vanishes.”
reRun Gastropub Theater
147 Front St., Brooklyn, 718-766-9110
Brooklyn’s reRun Gastropub Theater, housed inside reBar, offers a unique moviegoing experience for $7 per ticket. Programmer Aaron Hillis shows exclusive independent features inside the small auditorium, which is outfitted with 60 reclaimed car seats. The full bar is stocked with craft beers and more; the snack menu of gourmet comfort food is set by reBar’s executive pastry chef, Megan A. Hilbert.