Things to Do NYC's coolest movie theaters, from Manhattan's IFC to Brooklyn's Nitehawk and more New York City has the most unique collection of movie theaters, from small single-screen film houses to multi-screen state-of-the-art restaurant/theaters. Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated September 5, 2019 4:55 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Stop your Netflix binge session and head out to one of New York's most interesting venues to catch a new, or old, movie. You likely know about the many multiplexes, so we're focused on those niche theaters that offer more curated viewing experiences. From foreign film houses to independent artist hubs, the city really is one of the best places to go to the movies, even though these unique theaters are becoming scarce (RIP Paris Theater). Check out the beautiful BAM Rose Cinema for a dramatic screening, the intimate Video Revival for an old movie or offbeat films at Spectacle. Each one offers something different. Dim the lights, grab the popcorn: Here are some of the best movie-viewing spots. Manhattan Village East Cinema181-189 Second Ave., East Villagecitycinemas.com/villageeast, 212-529-6998Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors Home to both blockbusters and indie films, Village East Cinema is a landmark — it is one of the city's last remaining Yiddish theaters. Built in 1926, it has Moorish motifs and Judaic references (Yiddish writing and a Star of David in its dome), which have remained despite multiple reincarnations as performing arts theaters, a burlesque house, an Off-Broadway showcase and a movie theater. In 2015, it was restored and remains a no-frills, but classic, movie theater. IFC Center323 Sixth Ave., West Villageifccenter.com, 212-924-7771Tickets: $16 adults, $13 children and seniors Specializing in independents, this movie house is located in the historic Waverly Theater but has state-of-the-art tech. It features premieres of new indie, foreign and documentary films, weekly documentary series, a monthly program with LGBTQ guest curators, weekend classics, cult movie screenings at midnight and a lot more. And check out its exhibition of vintage movie posters from around the world — while munching on organic popcorn. Metrograph7 Ludlow St., Lower East Sidemetrograph.com, 212-660-0312Tickets: $15 New York's Metrograph specializes in showing old and unique films. This Lower East Side movie house specializes in independent and foreign films, and movies on 35 mm prints. Often, filmmakers or people connected to the films attend special screenings. If you're hungry, a commissary restaurant and lounge serves snacks and meals inspired by the Hollywood lot cafeterias, and there's a candy shop, balcony lounge and a bookstore. Anthology Film Archives32 Second Ave., East Villageanthologyfilmarchives.org, 212-505-5181Tickets: $12 adults, $9 students and seniors Opened in 1970, the Anthology Film Archives was the first New York museum to be officially dedicated to film as an art form with a full reference library with materials related to avant-garde cinema. With screenings throughout the day, cozy up with indies from avant-garde gems to cult classics. Angelika Film Center18 W. Houston St., Greenwich Villageangelikafilmcenter.com, 212-995-2570Tickets: $17 adults, $15 children and seniors Angelika Film Center shows independent, foreign and art house favorites. In addition to the mini-chain's four screens, you'll find a full-service independent cafe in the lobby, so grab a fancy coffee beverage with a quiche, pastry or salad pre- or post-show. AMC Loews Lincoln Square1998 Broadway, Lincoln Squareamctheatres.com, 212-336-5020Tickets: $16.49 adults, $13.49 children and seniors This isn't your typical AMC theater — inside is a kitschy, Hollywood-style theater with themed auditoriums, from the Aztec "Avalon" to the Chinese "Majestic." Other than fun themes, the AMC falls in line with other chain cineplexes. Roxy Cinema at The Roxy Hotel 2 Sixth Ave., TriBeCaroxycinematribeca.com, 212-519-6600Tickets: $12 adults, $9 children and seniors Taking a cue from the once-famous 1920s movie palace, the Roxy Cinema, located inside the Roxy Hotel, has only 118 seats surrounded by Art Deco interior with a gourmet concession stand. The theater shows only indie films, rare archival prints, and 35 mm cult classics. From time to time, there are film series, Q&As with directors and actors and more. Brooklyn Nitehawk Cinema136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg188 Prospect Park West, South Slopenitehawkcinema.comTickets: $13 adults, $10 seniors, $16 special events Part restaurant, part movie theater, Nitehawk puts traditional movie snacks to shame. Many menus are themed to correspond with the screening, and food and drinks can be ordered to your table throughout the show. Brunch screenings, midnight movies and even special screenings for parents with potentially loud babies are all on the monthly schedule. The theater shows popular and independent films. Park Slope's Pavilion Theater reopened in December 2018 as Nitehawk's second location, Nitehawk Prospect Park, which features exposed brick walls, marble stairs, and seven theaters which seat 650 guests combined. Syndicated40 Bogart St., Bushwicksyndicatedbk.com, 718-386-3399Tickets: $7 If you love Nitehawk, Syndicated is for you. Featuring food and cocktail service — why not have a "Nutty Professor '63" gin or "The Shape of Watermelon" vodka cocktails brought right to your seat? — this is a movie theater fit for a foodie. Menu items include burgers, fried chicken, fried calamari and even salads. Syndicated doesn't screen first-run movies; it skews toward cult classics like "The Big Lebowski," "Pulp Fiction" and "Harold and Maude." BAM Rose Cinemas30 Lafayette Ave., Downtown Brooklynbam.org, 718-636-4100Tickets: $16 adults, $11 children and seniors Brooklyn Academy of Music is a premier destination for filmgoers. Programs such as BAMcinématek include showings of classics, premieres, festivals and retrospectives with special appearances by actors and filmmakers. Visit for current art house movies as well as classes like a puppetry master class. The cinema itself was originally a music hall that was transformed into a four-auditorium movie theater in 1998, which preserved the theater's proscenium in theater 3. Spectacle Theater124 South Third St., Williamsburgspectacletheater.comTickets: $5, $10 for special events This volunteer-run "micro-cinema," screens offbeat films, contemporary art, previously overlooked films, live scores, filmmaker appearance and more. Its website describes its space as "an ex-bodega of enchantment, a semi-social society, an anti-commercial Atlantis." Alamo Drafthouse Cinema445 Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn drafthouse.com, 718-513-2547Tickets: $17.50, $12.50 for students, seniors and children A fan favorite chain, the Alamo Drafthouse offers seven screens, the "House of Wax" bar, which showcases vintage medical sculptures of body parts, oddities and replicas of celebrities with dozens of drafts and cocktails, and a "no talking, no texting" policy. The place is for fans who take films seriously — if you show up late, you cannot enter the theater. Alamo is good for dropping in for special screenings of underground films, catching a blockbuster, or enjoying themed marathons. Queens Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35 Ave., Long Island Citymovingimage.us, 718-777-6888Tickets: $15 adult, $11 students and seniors, $9 children Astoria favorite the Museum of the Moving Image also houses a movie theater, where you can catch a variety of films and events including filmmaker talks. This is a true mashup, with recent offerings ranging from foreign classics like "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" to family favorites like "A Muppet Family Christmas." Kew Gardens Cinema81-05 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardenskewgardenstheatre.com, 718-441-9835Tickets: $11 adults, $8.50 for seniors and children Built in the 1930s as the Austin double feature house, this old-school movie house retains Art Deco details. Over the course of its history, it has been an art film house and even a pornographic film theater. Now, the large lobby also functions as a cafe, adding coffee and cookies to your moviegoing experience. Bombay Theatre6825 Fresh Meadow Lane, Fresh Meadowsbombaytheatre.com, 718-358-2929Tickets $11 adults, $8 seniors This theater fills a niche for those who need a fix of Indian and Bollywood films, plus, its concession stand sells samosas, tea, popcorn and other South Asian snacks. If you go on Wednesdays, tickets are just $6 all day. Bronx area Pelham Picture House175 Wolfs Ln., Pelhamthepicturehouse.org, 914-738-7337Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students, teachers and seniors The Pelham Picture House in Westchester, not far from the Bronx, was slated for demolition in 2001, but a group of citizens purchased it to preserve the single-screen theater that had been operating since 1921. Today, it screens blockbusters, indie films, art house and classic movies, retrospectives and hosts other special events like special/advanced screenings, improv classes and film club meetings. Movie tickets are half-priced on Tuesdays, too. By Shaye Weaver email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.