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Film Forum

  • Critics choice

The city’s leading tastemaking venue, Film Forum is programmed by a fest-scouring staff that takes its duties as seriously as a Kurosawa samurai. A renovation installed new seats, all the better to take in the hottest films from Cannes, Venice and beyond.

  1. 209 W Houston St, (between Sixth Ave and Varick St)
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Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center)

The Walter Reade Theater's acoustics are less than fabulous (it's mainly a cinema). Still, the Great Performers series offers Sunday morning events fuelled by pastries and hot beverages sold in the lobby, and composer-lecturer Robert Kapilow's What Makes It Great? series provides an entertaining introduction to major classical works.

  1. 165 W 65th St, (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave)
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IFC Center

  • Critics choice

The long-darkened 1930s Waverly was once again illuminated in 2005 when it was reborn as a modern three-screen art house, showing the latest indie hits, choice midnight cult items and occasional foreign classics. Actors and directors often introduce their work here on opening night, and the high-toned café provides sweets, lattes and substantials.

  1. 323 Sixth Ave, (at 3rd St)
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Landmark's Sunshine Cinema

Once a renowned Yiddish theater, this comfortable venue has snazz and chutzpah to spare. Intimate cinemas and excellent sound are a beautiful complement to the indie fare; here, too, is New York’s most consistently excellent midnight series.

  1. 143 E Houston St, (between First and Second Aves), 10002
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