AMC Loews Lincoln Square - New York, NY - Jul 20, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

AMC Loews Lincoln Square – New York, NY – Jul 20, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

There are thousands of movie theaters to choose from in New York. There are so many theaters that, at times, the task of narrowing down to the right one can simply be overwhelming. Added to this dilemma is the fact the NYC allows film fans access to some of the best films and art houses in the country. So what’s a cinephile to do? Read on to discover some of the best theaters in New York.

Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 995-2570

An example of how the Angelika Film Center is one of the best theaters in New York is that it often hosts premiere events. So that big fancy Hollywood opening night viewing of your favorite film? It probably happened at Angelika down in SoHo. There are more fun things that happen at this theater, such as the opportunity to host your own event. The theater itself has a mix of blockbuster and independent films and boasts itself as “the most successful and recognized arthouse in the United States.”

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13
1998 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 336-5020

The AMC Theater in Lincoln Square is another fun theater in which to host an event or to just simply see a show. It is a “distraction free” theater, which means that children under the age of six are not allowed in R rated films after 6 p.m. It also has several events and programs such as AMC independent and Sensory Friendly Films.  AMC Independent shows a wide assortment of independent films while Sensory Friendly Films creates inviting space for families.

Sunshine Cinema New York City – Landmark
143 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 260-7289

The Sunshine Cinema is the best theater for the film geek in all of us. It hosts a Film Club podcast with Q&A’s for newly released films and letters from film writers, producers and directors. For those with young children, there’s the Rattle and Reel that plays a movie once a week for caregivers and their babies. Sunshine Cinema specializes in art-house, foreign and independent films. Private screens are also available. The Sunshine Cinema has been home to several films selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, such as 2014’s “Palo Alto.”

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BAM Rose Cinema
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 636-4100

The BAM Rose Cinema, hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is one of the best theaters in Brooklyn. This former playhouse was transformed into a cinema in 1998 and can be rented out for private events. Furthermore, there are film series such as “John Carpenter: Master of Fear” and showings of classic favorites such as “Philadelphia Story.” If you ever dreamed of having a theater to visit in which you can catch the latest film out while also seeing a movie from long ago, then the BAM Rose Cinema is the place for you.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 777-6888

Not only is the Museum of the Moving Image a museum devoted solely to the art of film making, but it is also a museum that shows various films and programs as well. There are hundreds of screenings of both modern and classic films a year. Silent film is also included on this list with live music accompanying it. The Museum also has public discussions and exhibits all year round.

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