Planning to catch a movie this weekend but not sure where to head to? Confused about where to watch a new release or enjoy an old classic? When in NYC, put such thoughts to rest as the city has some really unique and amazing places to enjoy flicks from across genres or languages. Whether it’s foreign or indie films, you will find plenty of movie-viewing spots to satiate all your cinematic cravings. So, dim the lights, grab some popcorn and get ready for your favorite piece of cinema.

Here’s a list of the best places for movies in NYC:

Nitehawk Cinema

Many consider it ‘the best movie theater with a bar’ in NYC. It’s a place where a plot of the movie may leave you dissatisfied occasionally but surely not the dining, drinking and movie-watching experience. Even better, you can order popcorn or the snack of your choice during your movie. Plus, two bars are available on the premises that offer a wide range of cocktails, beer, wine and liquor.

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

This cinema on the Lower East Side is known best for its midnight movies. Movie-lovers throng the place for its regular screenings of cult films and old classics. Plus, it’s a haven for those movie connoisseurs who love independent films. The place also serves delectable, buttery popcorn, so you can munch it on while relishing your favorite piece of cinema.

Bam Rose Cinemas

Ask anyone, ‘which is the best theater in Brooklyn?’ and the answer will be Bam Rose Cinemas. This place in Fort Greene is rated a paradise for art house fans. It screens independent films with spacious theaters and also has stadium-like seating for guests. Besides movies, it also hosts Q & A sessions with the cast and crew of the film on select occasions, and gives guests a chance to join pre-and-post film discussions with artists.

The IFC Center

Plan to see a movie at the city’s best art house in the West Village. A gamut of foreign and independent films are screened here throughout the year. In addition, it has a vintage poster gallery, and it also has a large collection of documentaries. Midnight cult favorites are screened regularly to cater cinema lovers with diverse tastes. Featuring five cinemas, the place is perfect to enjoy documentary films and shorts from across genres and languages.

Museum of the Moving Image

This place in Astoria, Queens is perfect for those who want to enjoy movies and a museum together. Guests can expect top-notch cinematic offerings paired with amazing movie-centric exhibitions. Movies from every genre are screened here, and you can even expect some latest releases. Live discussions and Q&A sessions are common to a movie-watching experience here. What’s more, this place complements the New York sightseeing experience and enriches visitors with the knowledge of cinema.


Don’t visit this theater for first-run movies. It screens cult classics, and for that, it finds a lot of takers throughout the year. The place is much like ‘Nitehawk’, so you can expect great foods and cocktail service with your movie-watching experience.

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