Film fanatics flock to Cinema Arts Centre—chosen as Long Island's best movie theater by Long Island Press readers—to get their fix of foreign, independent, and other hard-to-find flicks. Upcoming attractions include Philippe Mora's The Howling III: The Marsupials, a moving picture about a runaway werewolf girl who falls for a young filmmaker and 101 freckled puppies dodging a cruel woman in a fur coat. Celluloid eyeball feasts may be paired with freshly popped popcorn and a fountain soda infused with the fizzy essence of imported giggles.
Film buffs across six states stare wide-eyed at large cinema screens, losing themselves in first-run Hollywood movies and the smell of fresh, buttery kernels within Your Neighborhood Theatre's 17 locations. Though all theaters prioritize comfortable seating, old-fashioned friendly service, and high-stakes preshow trivia slideshows, each location encompasses its own distinct charm, be it through arthouse décor, 3-D screens, or Rhode Island's vintage 1950's drive-in setting.
The Emerging Cinemas network presents world-class performing arts, recorded on-scene at internationally recognized theaters and splashes them across the big screen before popcorn-chomping American audiences. Coppélia, choreographed by Patrice Bart, is a comic tale that follows the en pointe follies of a lovesick villager whose fiancée must compete with a life-like dancing automaton to win his affections. Professionally filmed, the performance is captured by multiple cameras with a combination of sweeping angles and detailed close-ups, allowing patrons a rare view of production details blasted through Carmike Cinema's high-definition big screens and surround-sound systems. The rich cinematic experience gives audiences front-row access to each magical movement augmented by a flawless score and Morse code toe taps that convey plot points to dance-illiterate viewers.
North Shore Towers Cinema projects an average of five first-run films daily across its spacious screen. Moviegoers sit back and relax in comfortable seating to watch as Hollywood megastars fall in love with comegastars, battle aliens, or try to understand the physics of cotton candy. With two admissions, the ticketholder can choose any movie and bring a date, a friend, or a Teddy Ruxpin with the batteries removed. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase in the theater’s polite vending machines.
At Movie World Cinemas, a recently added café draws in early arrivers with sandwiches and fresh cappuccinos. Patrons can linger there before heading to one of seven handsome screening chambers with projection capacity for traditional film and 3-D movies. Once inside, guests recline on shiny, new seats styled by Mobiliario Seating. Each throne includes cushy upholstery, a built-in cup holder, and ergonomically engineered lumbar support. Newly installed digital projectors show crystal-clear images while digital surround-sound speakers shake seats with the screeches of onscreen car chases and the weeping of James Bond’s dry cleaner. In the large main lobby, the digital burble of a small arcade stirs air scented heavily by sunshine-hued popcorn. The staff has spent the past few years working on a series of updates and improvements, and the movie palace regularly hosts special events and children’s parties.
Setting up its celluloid shop within the Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza, the Greenwich Classic Film Series introduces beloved movies of the 1930s through the 1970s to contemporary audiences. Members attend either Monday or Tuesday evening screenings to see stars that include the glamorous Audrey Hepburn and the dashing Gary Cooper, all introduced by a film expert who can reveal little-known background information regarding the casting process or how black-and-white film concealed John Wayne's constant milk moustache. The spring 2012 schedule includes surefire chuckles from a Tracy and Hepburn romantic comedy, Adam's Rib (February 27 and 28), and the dress-wearing antics of Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot (April 30 and May 1). One of Hollywood's indispensible suspense movies arrives with the season's second feature, High Noon (March 5 and 6), which will be lectured on by well-known cinema historian and world-class shadow puppeteer Foster Hirsch. All screenings begin at 7 p.m.