Get the Celebrity Treatment at These 6 NYC Movie Theaters
Your steak tartare and leather recliner await
Sticky floors. Screaming kids (who are not old enough to see The Martian). Stale, $12 popcorn. No wonder we’d rather just stay home and watch Netflix.
But there’s good news: Seeing a movie with strangers doesn’t have to suck.
From celebrity guests to spooky special events to fancy food, here are the 6 NYC theaters that are actually making it fun to go to the movies again.
IF YOU HAD NO TIME FOR DINNER...
Skip the chewy pretzel nubs and neon-yellow sauce. This Brooklyn indie house serves a full menu of food and cocktails (including fancy stuff like steak tartare and a barrel-aged Manhattan) that can be delivered right to your seat.
136 Metropolitan Ave. (at Second St.), Brooklyn; 718-782-8370 or nitehawkcinema.com
IF YOU’RE AN INSOMNIAC...
LANDMARK SUNSHINE CINEMA
Why lie in bed tossing and turning when you could be watching A Nightmare on Elm Street? Every Friday and Saturday night, Landmark Sunshine Cinema shows an awesome old movie for $10.
143 E. Houston St. (at Eldridge St.); 212-260-7289 or landmarktheatres.com
IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO THE DIRECTOR...
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE
This Astoria museum doesn’t show movies; it shows films, frequently with post-screening discussions with the director. (Including this guy named Martin Scorsese. Ever heard of him?)
36-01 35th Ave. (at 36th St.), Astoria; 718-777-6888 or movingimage.us
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE BEST NAP OF YOUR LIFE...
AMC LOEWS 84th STREET 6
OK, you probably won’t fall sleep after shelling out the cash to see a movie at this swanky theater, but with leather reclining chairs you can reserve in advance, you might just want to. BYOB--Bring Your Own Blanket.
2310 Broadway (at 84th St.); 212-721-6023 or amctheatres.com
IF YOU WANT TO SEE OLD, OBSCURE STUFF...
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
Remember when you moved to New York, and you thought you’d spend every weekend watching rare art films, then sipping espresso and chatting about them with your super-sophisticated friends? Do this.
32 Second Ave. (at Second St.); 212-505-5181 or anthologyfilmarchives.org
IF YOU WANT TO BE IN A WOODY ALLEN MOVIE...
THE PARIS THEATRE
It’s one of the legendary director’s favorite haunts--he’s been seeing flicks there since high school, and it makes a huge cameo in Annie Hall. Put on your tie and vest and get over there.
4 W. 58th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-688-3800 or theparistheatre.com