Traditionally, New Year's Eve isn't a big night at the movies—if anything, the movies are more of a New Year's Day destination, when you and your hangover are in desperate need of a dark and soundproofed room in which human interaction is frowned upon. (Or you could stay on your couch and indulge in the best stuff on Netflix). Be that as it may, a couple of local theaters are doing their part to make sure that New Yorkers who don't feel like shlepping to a party (or, God forbid, hosting one) can catch a film without missing out on the celebration.
First up tonight is The Shop Around the Corner at Film Forum, in its final day of screenings. Sure, Ernst Lubitsch's beloved romantic comedy is more of a Christmas movie than anything else, but there's really never a bad time to see something this good. If the calculated whimsy of You've Got Mail made you feel slightly nauseous, here's your chance to see the story told with a classic touch, as Jimmy Stewart and the criminally underrated Margaret Sullavan show Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan how it's done. And just to get everybody in the spirit, Film Forum is offering free bubbly to attendees of the 7 and 9:15pm shows.
If you're up for something a little more raucous (or perhaps if you're already a bit buzzed from The Shop Around the Corner), head on over to Videology and party like it's 1999 with a free screening of the Prince classic, Purple Rain. The music is still glorious, the Revolution still sexy and tight, the font still jagged. And the film itself? Well, it's definitely better when you're dressed up and drinking. The movie will end shortly after 11pm, when Videology will transform into the frilliest dance party in town, ringing in the new year with all your favorite tunes from the '70s, '80s and '90s.
Whatever you decide to see tonight, 2015 begins at midnight, and we can't wait.