From Goodfellas to Do the Right Thing, New York City movies tend to be hard-nosed. But watching a film in the city is an exercise in comfort. Several of the best NYC movie theaters feature amenities such as padded armchair seating, immersive 70mm IMAX projection, and even food service. And while these theaters ensure moviegoers can catch blockbusters in pristine audio-visual quality, savvy New York audiences also flock to smaller theaters, such as Greenwich Village’s Cinema Village. These art-house venues tend to show more challenging indie and foreign films, meaning that even in a city with such a rich arts scene, going to a movie is still one of the most intellectually rewarding things to do in NYC.

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