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209 Houston St., Manhattan

$55 for a $110-Level Membership to Film Forum

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  • Art-house cinema founded in 1970
  • Nonprofit, full-time theatre
  • Indie films, classic features & foreign flicks

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Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a $110-level membership to Film Forum, located on the border between the West Village and Soho.

Founded in 1970, Film Forum has established itself as a cultural institution, showcasing independent flicks, unforgettable classics, and globally sourced cinema. As an autonomous, full-time nonprofit theatre, the 489-seat Film Forum eschews the reigning Hollywood regime of 3-D smell-o-vision for screenings that focus on social, political, historical, and cultural commentary. Valid for one full year after activation, a $110-level one-year membership lets cineastes practice their favorite seated pastime with an array of benefits including a $5.50 price reduction on one or two tickets (from $12.50 down to $7) for every movie on all three screens 365 days a year, as well as a 20% discount on Film Forum merchandise.

Film Forum currently presents two distinct silver screen programs: premieres of American indie and foreign art films, and repertory favorites spanning classics, genre pieces, and filmic retrospectives. The theater counts a litany of critical darlings among its past premieres, including Spellbound, I'm Not There, and Food, Inc., none of which feature cars that transform into robots and then back into cars. Approximately 73% of Film Forum’s $4.5-million operating budget is dispensed directly toward programming and tiny usher flashlights, ensuring the highest-quality flicks available.


Time featured Film Forum as the #3 thing to do in 24 Hours in New York City. reviewed the theater, and more than 100 Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average. More than 9,100 Facebookers are fans.

  • New York is a film-lover's town and Film Forum is Mecca for the city's cinephiles. – Joe Angio, Time
  • Great revolving selection of movies, easy online ticket sales, very decent non-traditional concession, and friendly staff. – Jeff S., Yelp, 9/26/10

Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate membership by 8/2/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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