Favorite Movie Theaters in NYC

movie still taken from Cinema Paradiso
movie still taken from Cinema Paradiso

I probably haven’t lived here long enough to officially make this report, but after one and half years in the city, here’s a list of my favorite cinemas to catch the latest flicks!

For the blockbusters:

AMC Lowe’s E. 19th Street – Half the theaters are tucked below the city streets but a great location nonetheless. Just make sure it’s warm enough to stand in line at the outside box office. Plus, it’s only walking minutes away from Shake Shack and there’s a Duane Reade across the street if you don’t want to give in to the theater chain’s overpriced movie snacks. Most recent viewing: American Hustle

Regal Cinema (Union Square) – just moments away from The Strand (yes I judge the awesomeness of theaters by its proximity to bookstores) this multilevel multiplex offers many new releases on the hour. Most recent viewing: The Book Thief

AMC Lincoln Square (UWS) – Plush red velvet seats, balcony seating, an IMAX, three levels of theaters to indulge your cinematic senses in, this is by far the best megaplex Manhattan has to offer. Plus you might catch your favorite film star at its many screenings and premieres here. Most recent viewing: Her

For the independently inclined:

Sunshine Cinema – located in the East Village and offers amazing showcases of your favorite childhood films. Most recent viewing: Out of the Furnace

Lincoln Plaza (UWS) – Usually an older crowd but by far has the best selection. Most recent viewing: 12 Years a Slave

IFC – Located on the bustling edges of West Village, this location is one of the best places to watch your latest favorite film alongside the filmmakers and stars themselves. Most recent viewing: The Central Park Five

Elinor Brunin Munroe Film Center – Clean, modern, fresh but it can sometimes be “too film school grad” if you catch my drift. Most recent viewing: A Little Princess (loved seeing it on the big screen!)

Side notes:

1. While the AMC in Times Square may be pretty awesome, just, never go to Times Square. It’s not worth it.

2. While I haven’t been myself, apparently the Regal Cinema in Battery Park is AMAZING. Perhaps it too will be showing up on my list, but for now, I’m happy to use those AMC gift cards Santa bestowed upon me during the holidays.


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