Best theaters for cult films

Have yourself an oddball experience at one of these movie houses.

  • World Financial Center Silent Films

  • World Financial Center Silent Films

  • Landmark's Sunshine Cinema

  • 92YTribeca

World Financial Center Silent Films

1. Chelsea Classics with Hedda Lettuce
The home of Rocky Horror hosts an entirely different type of dress-up night on Thursdays, when Hedda Lettuce emcees this series of old movies, preceded by trivia, prizes and dirty jokes. Catch Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce on Thursday 4 and in the sci-fi drama Trog on March 11. Clearview Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-691-5519, 7pm, $7.50.

2. 92YTribeca
The 72-seat room minitheater screens a mix that includes classics, cult favorites (like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), sing-alongs (like Purple Rain and Grease 2) and low-budget films from up-and-coming directors. Tickets are $12, and some films come with freebies (like a drink). 200 Hudson St between Watts and Desbrosses Sts (212-601-1000,

3. Sunshine at Midnight
This theater is already on our good side thanks to its regular docket of alternative films, but the programmers up the ante on weekends, when they screen cult classics like Aliens (Fri 5 and Sat 6) and Lost Highway (March 12 and 13). Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, 141--143 E Houston St between Eldridge and Forsyth Sts (212-330-8182, Fri, Sat midnight; additional midnight showings are scheduled occasionally, check website. $9.99.

4. Waverly Midnights
Weekend flicks at the theater formerly known as the Waverly range from revivals and weirdo classics to all-time favorites. Through April 17, the series alternates between directors (and former flames) James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, screening old standbys like True Lies (March 19 and 20) and Strange Days (March 26 and 27). IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771, Fri, Sat midnight; additional midnight showings are scheduled occasionally, check website. $12.50.

5. World Financial Center silent films
In the glass atrium of the Winter Garden, you can often peep silent films accompanied by musical ensembles. Coming up: Sounds from the Black Box, in which the NYC Ensemble Pi performs a score to William Kentridge’s animated drawings. Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, 220 Vesey St at West St (212-417-7050, 21, 22 at 8pm; free.

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