5 Cinematic Art Houses in Lower Manhattan

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We all need an escape, which is why we have films and movie theaters to watch them in. It takes us to a whole new dimension, and for about an hour and a half, we don’t have to deal with the worries of our day.

Here are five cinematic art houses in the downtown area that you should definitely check out:

I. Angelika Film Center

18 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012

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Iconic for its screenings of many indie and foreign films, the Angelika is the favorite of many New York City based filmmakers.

II. Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

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The Sunshine Cinema has stadium style seating and offers digital, 3-D technology. They also hold special events and limited screenings that you can check out here.

III. IFC Center

323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014

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Formerly known as the Waverly Theater, another movie hub, IFC Center is located in Greenwich Village. IFC features high-definition digitals with luxury seating, as well as an abundance of indecent, foreign, and documentary screenings. You can see the full array, here.

IV. Village East Cinema

181-189 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

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Village East Cinema is located in Manhattan’s East Village. It houses seven screens of film, and offers stadium seating. You can find showtimes and tickets here.

V. Film Forum

209 W Houston St
New York, NY 10014

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A more intimate space, Film Forum offers three screens of film, and is open 365 days a year! It’s the only nonprofit cinema in Manhattan. The establishment presents American independent films and foreign art films.

-by Sunny Tsao