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  1. Museum of the Moving Image (rendering of main theater to be completed fall 2010)

  2. Film Forum

  3. Film Society of Lincoln Center

  4. MoMA

Best theaters for classic films

Go back in time at these theaters.


1. Film Forum
The city's richest repertory programming—ranging from freshly minted 35mm prints of French New Wave favorites to pre-Code Hollywood rarities—is not to be missed. 209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-727-8110,

2. The Film Society of Lincoln Center
The Society digs up amazing finds, typically themed to a specific regional culture or undervalued talent. Walter Reade Theater, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (212-875-5600,

3. Museum of the Moving Image
Even if the programming weren't solid (thankfully, it is), the museum atmosphere alone—displays of old projectors, Bill Cosby's sweaters—makes this schlep to Queens worth the effort. Currently, while the museum is undergoing renovations, only a small screening room is in use, but come fall, the main theater and its full range of quality programming will be back. 35th Ave at 36th St, Astoria, Queens (718-784-0077,

4. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Whether it's Fritz Lang flicks of the '20s or gonzo musicals of the early '80s, MoMA usually has something fascinating on tap, and the experience is enriched when screenings are tied to its exhibits. 11 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9480,

Best movie theaters in New York City

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