Best theaters for foreign indies

Theaters that specialize in independent imports.

  • BAM Rose Cinema

  • Film Society of Lincoln Center

  • IFC

  • Film Forum

BAM Rose Cinema

1. BAM Rose Cinemas
Brooklyn’s best takes top honors, with year-round series, premieres and visits from the trendsetters of world cinema. 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100,

2. The Film Society of Lincoln Center
With the New York Film Festival, “New Directors/New Films” and “Film Comment Selects,” this is a clearinghouse for adventurous new voices from around the globe. Walter Reade Theater, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (212-875-5600,

3. IFC Center
Organic popcorn is a fine selling point, but the former Waverly Theater is also home to international gems from the festival circuit and the annual New York Asian Film Festival. 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771,

4. Film Forum
Neck and neck with the nearby IFC Center in its impeccably curated foreign premieres, this veritable NYC landmark plays second banana only because its seats aren’t so comfy. 209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-727-8110,

5. Cinema Village
It’s small, weirdly shaped and doesn’t offer much of a lobby for congregating, but this humble joint is reliable in its all-region programming, which ranges from the underground to just above it. 22 E 12th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl (212-924-3363,

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