Best theaters for documentaries

Go behind the lens for informational and entertaining documentaries.



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  • Maysles Cinema

  • Maysles Cinema

  • Anthology Film Archives

  • Anthology Film Archives

  • IFC

Maysles Cinema

1. Maysles Cinema
Low-key but bursting with personality (cool carpets and pillows add to the feel that you're hanging out at someone's house), this intimate screening room for socially conscious docs was founded by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), so expect creative programming. 343 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) between 127th and 128th Sts (212-582-6050, ext 207;

2. IFC Center
Beyond whatever new nonfiction title lines the marquee, be sure to check out "Stranger than Fiction," an eclectic series of weekly documentary exclusives—typically sneak previews and uncovered classics. 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771,

3. Anthology Film Archives
Too many docs tend to be artless vessels whose only purpose is to convey information, which is why Anthology's contribution of experimental and alternative curiosities invigorates the documentary genre—and film culture as a whole. 32 Second Ave at 2nd St (212-505-5181,


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