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Best Movie Theaters in New York

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Regal Battery Park Stadium 11

Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 is an 11-screen multiplex that serves up the best of Hollywood hits every week and captures a huge movie-loving crowd. The place also has a cafe and a kiosk in the premises, plus they provide child friendly facilities as well as disabled access and listening devices. For further information, please call or check their website.

New York, NY, United States
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Angelika Film Center

When cutting-edge, independent and foreign films make their debut in the United States, it is usually at the famous Angelika Film Center. Showcasing original or rare works, this place is a favorite among film-makers and cinema fanatics alike. Cinema aficionados flock here nightly to see the latest releases. Inside the two-story movie house, patrons may have a coffee and pastries at the cafe before or after a show. Reserve tickets in advance because this film house is popular among New Yorkers.

New York, NY, United States
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Film Forum

This three-screen Soho cinema is not your standard movie house. In business since 1970, it is sadly one of the only spots in New York City where unusual film selections take precedence over big Hollywood bonanzas. Silent films, classic films, underground films and foreign films are all showcased. Often, the Film Forum hosts festivals devoted to a particular performer (Buster Keaton, Jean Harlow) or genre.

New York, NY, United States
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IFC Center

The IFC Center is the best place to catch some of the best independent films from all over the world. Its three state-of-the-art 35-millimeter projection screens with digital sound and comfortable seating arrangements make for a great viewing experience. The popular in-house Waverly Restaurant also adds to the charm of this entertainment complex.

New York, NY, United States
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Cinema Village

Cinema Village is an old-fashioned movie house in the heart of the New York University area, and serves the local film community well. Count on an amusing mixture of high and low brow celluloid masterpieces, including independent and foreign films and cult classics. Inside, a vintage subway turnstile leads the way to the theaters, and the popcorn is served with real butter. Several film festivals use Cinema Village for screenings.

New York, NY, United States
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Cinema Village East

This Second Avenue multiplex is always crowded with a mixture of New York University students and local residents. In keeping with the diverse neighborhood, the selection of films vary from the newest blockbuster to the latest independent film. The theater itself is very pleasant, though not as impressive as newer multiplexes. Tickets are usually available on weekdays, but on weekends it is usually best to call and order in advance.

New York, NY, United States
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Regal Union Square Stadium 14

This multiplex boasts of 14 wall-to-wall screens with hi-tech picture and sound quality. The sleek interiors in black and grey with comfortable stadium seating also account for the huge crowd this place draws. Listening devices, electronic ticket machines and the latest releases are what you can expect. For further details check their website or simply call.

New York, NY, United States
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Nitehawk Cinema

Nitehawk Cinema goes the extra mile, and gives you the opportunity to eat and enjoy a cocktail, beer or wine, while you watch great films. Located in Williamsburg, this three-story building provides a 92 and a 60-seat movie hall, along with a smaller 28-seater theater. Patrons are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early to get seats and place orders with their servers. Food and beverages range from gourmet charcuterie plates and movie-themed cocktails, to tater tots and beer. It should also be noted this theater has an 18 or older policy, children's films are rarely shown and minors must be accompanied by an adult. For a unique movie viewing experience, Nitehawk is a must-visit.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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BAM Rose Cinemas

Part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the elegant BAM Rose Cinemas has four screens and plays a mixture of high-brow Hollywood releases and art-house fare, with a few family films thrown into the mix. The relaxed crowd is mostly made up of Brooklyn residents, but people from Manhattan have been known to make a trip for a special film. It is worth the effort, if only to spare oneself the mob scene at Manhattan's art houses.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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AMC Loews Kips Bay 15

The decor at this 15-screen multiplex movie theater pays homage to the grand art deco cinemas of old. Patrons get the lush ambiance of years past, along with the selection and comfortable seating of today. Located in Murray Hill, the theater shows a mixture of independent and mainstream Hollywood films, all new. The crowd is primarily made up of well-behaved, polite local residents, although there are always a few exceptions in almost every New York crowd.

New York, NY, United States
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AMC Empire 25

This giant Times Square Theater has brought movie-going in New York to a whole new level. It boasts 25 screens on 11 floors, plus a large food court. The well-designed complex keeps everything moving along, with plenty of box office windows and automatic ticket machines. The crowd consists of a mixture of tourists, residents and refugees from the local office towers. The selections include the bandwagon of commercial cinema from across boundaries. All the latest technological conveniences, like comfortable seats (and a great sound system) have been utilized here, making movie watching a memorable experience.

New York, NY, United States
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Paris Theatre

A premier venue for first run and revival foreign films, this one-screen theater harks back to a time when movie-watching was a cultural experience. With a prime location next to the world famous Plaza Hotel, it is a favorite with New Yorkers as well as tourists looking for films that reflect cinematic essence. A preferred choice for hosting cultural happenings, the Paris Theater is often completely sold out, so check the website for details of upcoming events.

New York, NY, United States
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