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NYC's best movie theaters for cinephiles

In this city, you can expect more from your movie-going experience.

Best themed screenings: Nitehawk

Williamsburg’s Nitehawk is an awesome place to see
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Williamsburg’s Nitehawk is an awesome place to see a movie for a lot of reasons — the food, the seats — but it never quite gets its due for the high-quality programming. This month, there’s a midnight series devoted to U.K. horror and a brunch series called “Oh, the Drama,” which includes “Pretty in Pink” and “My Own Private Idaho.” 136 Metropolitan Ave., 718-384-3980, nitehawkcinema.com

Best midnight movies: IFC Center

Venues across the city offer a great selection
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Venues across the city offer a great selection of midnight movies, but IFC Center stands out by placing a premium on great films such as recent offerings “Taxi Driver,” “The Shining” and “Jurassic Park,” and interesting themes, like “Time Travelers.” 323 Sixth Ave., 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com

Best theater for splurging: AMC Loews Lincoln Square IMAX

It’s real simple: If you want to see
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It’s real simple: If you want to see an IMAX movie in New York City this is your only option at a multiplex. Everything else is faux-MAX, a fake, an imitator. So it’s worth the price. 1998 Broadway, 212-336-5020

Best deal: Williamsburg Cinemas

No multiplex in the five boroughs offers more
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No multiplex in the five boroughs offers more opportunities to see a first-run flick for $8. Tuesdays and Thursdays are $8 days from morning until night for most movies; matinees before 5 p.m. during the week and 2 p.m. on weekends are $8 as well except for certain films. 217 Grand St., 718-210-2955, williamsburgcinemas.com

Best theater for hidden gems: Anthology Film Archives

If you’re in search of an esoteric masterpiece,
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If you’re in search of an esoteric masterpiece, a movie you simply can’t find anywhere else or just a flat-out great repertory screening, this is the place for you. The movie marathons are a must for film buffs. 32 Second Ave., 212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

Best film festival: BAMCinemafest

Everyone knows the New York Film Festival is
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Everyone knows the New York Film Festival is great, but it’s about time more movie fans caught on to the great work being done at BAM and, specifically, this centerpiece June event which screens many of the best and most interesting independent films each year (the 2014 event kicked off with “Boyhood”). bam.org/bamcinemafest

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