The Kent Theatre in Flatbush isn't just a movie theater—it's a movie star. A fixture in the neighborhood for many decades, the space was a favorite hangout of a teenage Woody Allen in the 1950s. Perhaps that was the reason he chose the Kent when scouting locations for The Purple Rose of Cairo, his paean to the early, less spaceship-filled days of cinema. The movie house still retains its vintage charm today, welcoming patrons with dramaturgical masks on its marquee and new releases on its three screens.
With an American flag hanging from its brick façade and its name scrawled in red cursive atop an old-fashioned marquee, The Pavilion Theater looks like it sprung from the screen of a 1950s film. But in reality, it stands right in the middle of Brooklyn. The two-story neighborhood picture house combines both of these worlds, whisking away audiences to another era with its quaint charm and sepia ushers while staying current with a rotating roster of newly released films.
Alpine Cinemas eight theaters make current movies come alive as massive screens merge with Dolby Digital sound to keep each crowd of 200 or more immersed in the action. The signature theater injects even more realism with roomy stadium seats and 3-D capabilities that add an extra dimension without having to bring a 20-foot friend to act out the movie. Before shows, guests can stock up on refreshments at the snack bar equipped with savory popcorn and bubbly soda.
Usher yourself into one of Cinemart’s five screens, each boasting 100-plus seats and a Dolby Digital sound system, and let the flickering phantasm of film whisk you away from reality. Movies, like jogging addicts, run daily—put your ticket toward features such as Inception or The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is based on the best-selling novel. As you look for imperfections on the faces of those onscreen, munch on a small popcorn and sip a small soda, while enjoying unlimited free refills on your drink.
Thanks to the NY Film Critics Series, Rolling Stone film critic and series moderator Peter Travers can be in 50 places at once. Movie stars and directors can, too. It's all thanks to the series' signature technology: a live, interactive simulcast broadcast to 50 independent theaters across the country. Through the series, fans everywhere can engage with their favorite stars and watch pre-release films, such as Like Crazy, director Drake Doremus's Breathe In, or the upcoming Lion King 15: Lions Evolve Into Humans and Go To Starbucks.
Based in the West Village, Film Forum is an autonomous non-profit cinema house that has the wonderful distinction of being open for more than four decades. The theater’s three screens run a variety of American independent features and foreign art films every day of the year, and curates in-house film festivals, documentary showings and retrospectives as well. These special events often bring writers, directors, filmmakers and authors to the stage for lectures and Q & A sessions, which can render the fewer than 200-seat spaces a bit cramped at times. But for the cinematically passionate, Film Forum remains a mecca of quality film screenings and rare archival showings, all run by a core group of buffs and hobbyists who truly enjoy the work they do.