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Independent Movie Theaters in New York City

Off-the-beaten path movie houses showing throwbacks, independent films, and festivals, along with sharing their own unique and interesting stories.

Nitehawk Cinema
This Brooklyn cinema features some of the blockbuster hits that everyone is taking about, but it also caters to those who love a good throwback. 90’s Kung Fu movies light up the screens for midnight showings along with old favorites like MiseryThe Shining, and The Thing. And as a dine-in theater, they feature fun movie-themed cocktails and snacks based on the week’s feature films – think Fenway Franks for the film Spotlight, while a great wine and beer list, soft serve ice cream, and other treats mean you’ll leave full and happy.

Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Located in a space that was built in 1898, Sunshine Cinema has been a theater since 2001 after being a vaudeville house, motion picture theatre, and hardware warehouse. The space has since been renovated and restored, making it a state-of-the-art theater that features film festivals and first-run independent films along with stunning city views. Don’t miss their Friday and Saturday midnight film screenings of cult and vintage classics. Tickets run just $10 and they often sell out quickly.

Bam Rose Cinemas
Part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which has been in existence for 150 years, BAM Rose Cinemas is a beautiful space to take in a film or a live show. You’ll find mainstream hits like Star Wars here, but through the BAMcinématek program one can also see under the radar independent films, themed film series, mini festivals, and beloved classics. As one of Brooklyn’s leading art institutions, the theater’s programming also includes appearances from actors, filmmakers, and movie critics.

Film Forum
Film Forum has been around since 1970, growing from one screen with 50 folding chairs to three screens that show a mix of foreign and American classics, film festival finds, and even family-friendly classics for their Sunday Film Forum Jr. series. Film Forum is the only autonomous nonprofit cinema in New York City and one of the few in the U.S.

Cinema Village
One of the oldest continuously operating cinemas in New York City, Cinema Village is known for its American indie sleeper films, which other cinemas might overlook or miss. You might not recognize the films in their lineup, which gives even more of a reason to go and visit this iconic space to see what they do best.

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