• Independent Movie Theaters in New York City

    Independent Movie Theaters in New York City

A city of creatives, artists, and cultural connoisseurs, it’s no surprise that New York is home to some of the best independent and arthouse movie theaters around. Check out these four local, off-the-beaten path movie houses showing throwbacks, independent films, and festivals.

Nitehawk Cinema

This Brooklyn cinema features some of the blockbuster hits that everyone is talking about, but it also caters to those who love a good throwback. 90s Kung Fu movies light up the screens for midnight showings along with old favorites like Misery, The 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.


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 films 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 you even more of a reason to go and visit this iconic space to see what they do best.

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