Independent Movie Theaters in NYC


I have long been a supporter of using Netflix or your local library to watch movies instead of paying full admission for a movie ticket. However, I will cough up the $13 here in NYC to see an indie or previously released film at one of the independent theaters.

Many theaters will do series over the course of a few months highlighting a director, composer, genre or theme. IFC Center offers late-night favorites, screening movies like Alien, Jaws and more at midnight on weekends.

If you go to a particular theater often, you can become a paying member to receive an admission discount (and feel good about supporting small theaters!)

Here is my hand-crafted list of independent theaters in NYC. It is by no means complete and I have not been to all of these, yet.

  • Museum of the Moving Image: Astoria at 3601 35th Ave
  • Brooklyn Heights Cinema: Brooklyn Heights at 70 Henry St (btwn Cranberry St & Orange St)
  • Spectacle Theater: Williamsburg at 124 S 3rd St (btwn Berry St & Bedford Ave)
  • ReRun Theater: DUMBO at 147 Front St (btwn Pearl St & Jay St)
  • BAM: Fort Greene at 30 Lafayette Ave (btwn Ashland Pl & St Felix St)
  • Angelika Film Center: SoHo at 18 W Houston St (btwn Broadway & Crosby St)
  • Film Forum: SoHo at 209 W Houston St (btwn Avenue Of The Americas & Bedford St)
  • IFC Center: West Village at 323 6th Ave
  • Cinema Village: Greenwich Village at 22 E 12th St (btwn 5th Ave & University Pl)
  • Quad Cinema: Greenwich Village at 34 W 13th St (btwn 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
  • Sunshine Cinema: Lower East Side at 143 E Houston St (btwn Forsyth St & Eldridge St)
  • Anthology Film Archives: East Village at 32 2nd Ave & 1st st

Would you pay full admission to see an older movie or a movie you have already seen (and love) just to see it on the big screen?

Leave a comment below if I missed a theater!


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