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.
Winners of the 2011 Grammy Award for best contemporary jazz album, the Stanley Clarke Band makes its first-ever appearance in Westchester on the historic stage of Tarrytown Music Hall. Leading the talented troupe of musicians, legendary bassist Stanley Clarke infuses each jazzy arrangement with a rhythmic pulse more graceful than a bald eagle singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Clarke's remarkable career—which began in the early 1970s—includes innovative work on multiple instruments, numerous film scores, and a lengthy discography that spans classical, jazz, R & B, and pop genres. Built in 1885, Tarrytown Music Hall has stood as a fitting abode to prodigious performers such as Joan Baez, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bruce Springsteen. Noted for its superb acoustics, the century-old institution has also played host to powerful guests such as the Rockefellers, who frequented the hall's elaborate flower shows and championship charades tournaments.
The Picture House's very first film flickered across the screen in 1921, and today, the recently restored nonprofit continues its legacy by showcasing a variety of new independent features, foreign films, and classic cinematic wonders. The theater projects hard-to-find flicks in both its 300-seat main house and intimate 20-seat screening room, eliciting laughter, kick-starting sorrow, and rekindling dreams of finding one's destiny during a battle with merpeople. To keep guests on the back edge of their seats, the owners frequently curate and host dedicated series that highlight family-friendly flicks, international pictures, and acclaimed documentaries.
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.
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.
The Jackson Heights Cinema opened on the day after Christmas in 1924. At the time, the theater played films on a single screen, with musical accompaniment provided by a wood-burning Wurlitzer organ. While holding on to its classic decor, the theater now hosts three screens with digital stereo sound crisply soundtracking subtitled Latin-American and Bollywood films as well as US blockbusters.