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.
Originally a Loews theater, Alpine Cinemas in Brooklyn first opened its doors to the public on June 6, 1921. It was the golden age of silent film, when movie theaters were palaces, moving pictures were a thrilling novelty, and spoken language had yet to be invented. Today, the Bay Ridge multiplex retains much of its old-timey charm, its towering façade covered with ornate architectural terra-cotta designs. Inside, visitors of all ages munch on popcorn and sip sodas as they watch indie films, summer blockbusters, and 3D epics on eight different screens.
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.