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5 Best Places For Film Buffs In New York

July 9, 2012 6:00 AM

(credit: Museum of the Moving Image)

(credit: Museum of the Moving Image)

“Spiderman,” “Working Girl,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “King Kong,” “Sex and the City”: from rom-coms to sci-fi thrillers, New York City has been home to many iconic movie sets. Although we’re no Hollywood, NYC provides many opportunities for the avid film buff to entertain himself through museums, themed restaurants, trivia nights or even walking tours. Below is your guide to the best activities throughout the city.
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Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 784-0077

Film screenings, family movie nights, memorabilia and video classes are all available at this Queens-based museum, dedicated to all things movies. Learn about how the special effects masters made the gooey aliens in “Men in Black,” discover how producers filmed the Charlie Chaplin comedies, see toys from movies like “Jurassic Park” or even the Kermit the Frog puppet. The museum boasts over 400 film screenings every year, education programs, changing exhibitions and one of the world’s largest collections of movie-related archives and artifacts. It is well worth the trip and makes for a great spot for families.

Related: A Summertime Guide To NYC’s Outdoor & Rooftop Movies

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(credit: Jennifer Eberhart)

Planet Hollywood Restaurant
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
(212) 333-7827

Right in the center of Times Square, this restaurant can get pretty crowded with tourists at any time of the day or night. It’s definitely worth stopping by for dinner or drinks at least once if only to take in the incredible amount of movie memorabilia that hangs from the walls and ceilings and lines every available wall. The handprints of movie stars line the staircase, a larger-than-life sized Rocky makes for great photos and movie costumes stand on display behind diners.

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Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (credit: Jennifer Eberhart)

“Made In NY” Walking Tour
Locations Vary
Offered by The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting
(212) 489-6710

This series of podcasts is free and obtainable with the simple click of a button. Wander through Tribeca, home to the annual Tribeca Film Festival, and see the “Ghostbusters” firehouse. Stop by City Hall and Battery Park where many films have been created. See locations from classics like “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Annie Hall” and “Mo Better Blues.” There are only two self-guided tours currently available, and the website states that more are on the way.

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(credit: Jennifer Eberhart)

Ziegfeld Theatre
141 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 307-1862

This theatre, part of the Clearview Cinemas group, is considered “the last movie palace showing films in New York City.” This is the theatre where all the action happens. Pass by on any given evening and you’re sure to see crowds lining up just to catch a glimpse of a famous actor or actress. The space holds over 1,100 seats and features chandeliers, red carpets and gold trim. While the theatre is often used for special functions, the single screen occasionally opens its doors to the public for popular films throughout the year.

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New York Film Academy
100 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-4300

While there are many film schools in New York, the NYFA boasts famous students in all areas of film production. From individuals connected to Steven Spielberg, Susan Sarandon, Robert Downey Jr. and Diana Ross to Pixar president Arthur Cohn and HBO producer Sheila Nevins, the NYFA has a long list of accomplished alumni. The academy offers many programs of different lengths, and students can begin making their own films within the first week of classes.

Related: Some Of The Best Movies Filmed In NYC

Jennifer Eberhart is currently an art history/museum studies graduate student at The City College in New York. She is an avid art enthusiast, and visits as many museums and galleries as she can in her free time. Her work can be found at

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