Best Movie Theatres in New York City
September 14, 2023 | 4 min Read
There’s nothing quite like popcorn and a movie— in the theater! From early 20th century picture houses to the latest and greatest, we have a round up of 5 great theaters to catch a flick in New York City.
If you want dinner and a movie— at the same time, Alamo is your place. The state of the art theater has also pioneered bringing a delicious meal to your seat. The seats are comfortable, the food is solid and the service is quick. When you’re ready for a refill, you don’t have to miss a second of the film because one of the cinema’s servers will get it for you. But it’s not just about the food at Alamo Drafthouse, they’re also serious about cinema. They show movies ranging from blockbusters to art house films and have 35mm projectors and 70mm equipment to show vintage reels as they were meant to be seen. There are three locations in New York, the address below is the only one in Manhattan.
28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301
New York, NY 10005
Opening in 1948, the Paris Theatre has been Manhattan’s largest cinema with 571 seats in just one theater. Its interior was restored in 2019 to its art modern glory with classic cinema ruby red velvet seats. The venue continues to be a cinema haven for premiers and shows the best films from around the globe to a wide audience. Netflix purchased the theater a few years ago and maintains its original vision.
AMC Lincoln Square
If you like your movies bigger than life, the AMC Lincoln Square is where you’ll want to head. It is home to the largest IMAX screen in the country at 75.6 feet tall and 101 feet wide. Films are shown in 70mm projection. As an added bonus, AMC Lincoln Square has a sound system to match the screen. This is the perfect theater to catch a heart-pumping action flick, or the latest Taylor Swift tour on film. Whatever genre of film you choose, you’re bound to feel like you’re right in the thick of it all.
New York, NY 10023
Another classic theater, Film Forum has been a New York icon since 1970. The round neon letters on the marquee beckon viewers to step back in time for a moment, or a movie. The theater shows mainly arthouse films and is a not for profit business. It has a cozy feel and its seats were recently upgraded for better viewing. All the classic snacks along with fresh baked goodies are there to tide you over should you want to do two movies back to back.
209 West Houston St.
New York, NY 10020
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Rose Cinemas
The Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinema is an art house film center in Brooklyn with a fantastic vibe that merits the subway ride from Manhattan. This local institution features awesome film programming in a stunning setting with four theaters. The Rose Cinemas were originally a music hall, turned playhouse and later converted into the BAM Rose Cinemas. The restoration preserved the elegant proscenium in theater 3 and the history of the entire space reverberates in an updated and state of the art cinema. BAM is a great spot not only to see a film but to catch a director Q&A after, or a special event.
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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