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NYC's best movie theaters: From arthouse to luxury experiences

It’s that time again.

Time to take stock of the past year and the people, places and things that have shaped New York City and continue to make it, by some regards, the best city in the world.

On Day 2 of amNewYork’s 2016 Best Of New York guide, we take a look at what’s new in recreation, including movie theaters.

Best new theater: Alamo Drafthouse

The beloved Austin, Texas-based theater chain finally arrived
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The beloved Austin, Texas-based theater chain finally arrived in New York City when it opened in Downtown Brooklyn last month, with programming that encompasses big studio releases and acclaimed independent cinema, plus plenty of retrospectives, famously high-quality food served at your seats and a welcome and steadfast committment to banning talking and cellphone use during screenings. Oh, and don't forget the House of Wax bar. 445 Albee Square W., Downtown Brooklyn, 718-513-2547, drafthouse.com

Best new arthouse: Metrograph

This Lower East Side jewel has established itself
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This Lower East Side jewel has established itself as an indispensible venue in less than a year of business, with series celebrating everyone from Japanese icon Takeshi Kitano to the wonderful French actress Isabelle Huppert, the animation studio Laika ("Kubo and the Two Strings") and first-run movies that you generally can't find anywhere else. 7 Ludlow St., 212-660-0312, metrograph.com

Best nostalgic programming: Syndicated

Photo Credit: Michael Tulipan

"Seven," "Empire Records," "Heavyweights," "Friday," "Clueless" -- they're beloved '90s flicks, one and all, that you could probably find on some streaming service, or pay just $3 to see on the big screen at Syndicated. Their showings comprise just a few typical days of proigramming at the Bushwick haven for re-living your cinematic past, experiencing Hollywood classics for the first time and/or scoping out the occasional first-run feature. 40 Bogart St., Bushwick, 718-386-3399, syndicatedbk.com

Best luxe experience: iPic Theaters

Lower Manhattan had been in desperate need of
Photo Credit: iPic Theaters

Lower Manhattan had been in desperate need of a second option to compete with the wonderful but isolated Regal Battery Park multiplex. Now, finally, it's got one: the dine-in chain that shows big studio movies, features a high-end restaurant called The Tuck Room from chef Sherry Yard and offers gourmet food directly to your seat as part of its iPic Express program. Some seats also offer a blanket and pillow, if you want to take a fancy and expensive nap. 11 Fulton St., 212-776-8272, ipictheaters.com

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