New York City has an amazing variety of movie theatres. Anyone visiting should use the opportunity to catch a movie or two. New York offers everything from traditional neighborhood cinemas to large multiplex chains, home to one of the world's largest IMAX screens. Here are five amazing movie theaters not to be missed:
1. Angelika Film Center
Angelika Film Center & Cafe is located on Houston Street, where NOHO meets SOHO, which coincidentally is two of New Yorks best and hippest shopping areas downtown. The movie theatre is part of a chain focusing on independent film, and the New York location opened in 1989. The corner entrance is located at the Renaissance-inspired Cable Building, which was built in 1892-94 as the headquarters for one of the city's tram companies. It was hailed by contemporaries for its magnificent architecture.
The films are shown in the basement, which once served as the power plant for the trams. Sometimes you can hear (and feel) the subway during screenings, but if you are not overly sensitive, the prime location and high quality of films shown, are well worth the visit.
Angelika New York is located at 18 W. Houston St. at the intersection of Mercer St.
2. Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Landmark Theatres is America's largest movie theatre chain dedicated to feature and promote independent film. Parent company Wagner/Cuban Companies also owns Magnolia Pictures, which distributed many Swedish export successes such as "Let the Right One In", "Tourist," and most recently "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence."
Landmark New York Theatre's Sunshine Cinema is located in a beautiful Lower East Side building from 1898. It has been previously shown films as Houston Hippodrome, served as a theater for the Yiddish vaudeville, and functioned as a warehouse. 2001 Sunshine Cinema took over the building and equipped it to offer five salons DLP digital projection and Dolby Digital Surround EX sound when opening in December the same year.
In addition to it's range of great films, the space is also offering a Japanese rock garden and a stunning view of the city from the third floor's spectacular glass window.
Landmark Sunshine Cinema is located at 143 East Houston Street between Forsyth and Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side.
3. Film Society of Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center's movie theaters with their beautiful paneling and airy design, is definitely among the chicest and most upscale in New York. A wide range of films will attract the true cinephile. What differentiates Lincoln Center's program from others showing independent film, is the mix of film series like "Open Roads: New Italian Cinema" and "Rendez-Vouz with French Cinema" with regular screenings. The main attraction is of course the prestigious New York Film Festival in October, which is well worth a visit in itself. The true lover of culture doesn't even need to move outside the area, as the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet is located in the same complex. Central Park is only one block away, in case you need to stretch your legs after all the performances.
AMC began as a family business 90 years ago, and has grown to become one of the largest movie chains in the U.S., welcoming approximately 200 million guests annually in 300 movie theatres. One of these multiplex theaters is located on the Upper West Side, near Lincoln Center, and is home of one of the largest IMAX theaters in the country, with a staggering 600 seats. AMC shows big commercial productions and blockbusters, with incredible audio, video, and 3D that gives justice to special effects. All AMC movie theaters offers reduced prices to any screenings before 12 o'clock, which may be worth noting in case the vacation budget is running low. AMC also offers the pricier alternative AMC Prime, which combines the high quality picture and sound technology of Dolby Cinema with enormous, numbered reclining seats. If you've ever leaned back in one of those for a film screening, it's hard to ever be content with regular seats again.
SOHO's Crosby Street Hotel has a luxuriously designed screening room in the basement, and on Sunday evenings, the hotel runs a film club, which is open to both hotel guests and the public. The films shown are often critically acclaimed blockbusters, and at this time of the year they show many Oscar and Golden Globe-winning and -nominated films. The hotel offers packages with dinner or cocktails at the Crosby Bar, followed by a movie at eight o'clock. But you may need to book well in advance, as the movie theater holds only 99 seats, which sell out quickly. A three-course dinner and a movie package costs $55. A cocktail with bar snacks and film is $35.
Crosby Street Hotelis located at 79 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012 in Soho between Prince and Spring Street.
This is just a handful of all the movie theaters New York has to offer. To find the one closest to you, visit Fandango and type in your ZIP code area, then select the film and the movie theater. This will give you the best mix of movies, sightseeing and New York architecture!
by Annika Andersson, translated from the original article published by MovieZine.