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Posted: Aug 28, 2017

The 9 Best Movie Theaters in NYC For Date Night

The movies love New York City — Annie Hall, Taxi Driver, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Do the Right Thing, Gangs of New York, You’ve Got Mail, King Kong, this list is truly endless — and New York City loves them right back. Which is probably why our beloved Big Apple is chock full of incredible, one-of-a-kind movie theaters. From chandelier-lit indie theaters to old-school, one-screen beauties, to the theater on a roof, there are so many amazing places to consume cinema in NYC, and we’re bringing you the best, from the oldies to a to-be. Because really, at the end of the day, is there anything better than dinner and a movie? We think not.

01

The Paris Theater (1948)

4 West 58th Street, Manhattan

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To quote Carrie Bradshaw, “The most amazing thing about living in a city like New York is that any night of the week you can go to Paris.” The Paris in question? The Paris Theater, the oldest movie theater on our list. Located right across the street from The Plaza Hotel, it screens one movie at a time, often a prestige pick, which you get to take in from the comfort of your plush, French-blue seats. And don’t forget — the most romantic seats in the house are in the balcony.

02

Angelika Film Center (1989)

18 West Houston Street, Manhattan

Angelika Film Center (1989)

The Angelika is a gem for many reasons, not least because it’s always screening that indie film you’re dying to see. But if we’re being honest, we love something even more: its café, complete with tea, baked goods, and one oversized chandelier in the middle, setting the mood for a romantic pre- or post-screening rendezvous.

03

Village East Cinema (1991)

189 2nd Avenue, Manhattan

Village East Cinema (1991)

189 2nd Avenue, Manhattan

The Village East Cinema started out as the Yiddish Theater in the 1920s, and has been many a thing since — most recently, a movie theater for both mainstream and indie flicks. But, amazingly, it never lost its Broadway-like setup — or its stunning ceiling. Sit close to the top, but be warned: you’ll be distracted by the beauty!


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AMC Loews Lincoln Square (1994)

1998 Broadway, Manhattan

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A true oldie but goodie. The AMC Loews Lincoln Square screens exclusively mainstream movies — because everyone needs a place to see the latest Marvel release. But what makes this one fun is the kitsch-y Old Hollywood murals, clearly inspired by Grauman’s Chinese Theater, painting the walls. It’s just the level of cheese we Stan for. Plus, the IMAX here gives us life.

05

IFC Center (2005)

323 6th Avenue, Manhattan

IFC Center (2005)

Once the Waverly Theater, which famously kickstarted the midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with audience participation, the IFC Center is now our favorite for one thing especially: the annual screening of all the Oscar-nominated shorts, at least one of which is always the most romantic thing you’ll see all year. (And in under 10 minutes.)

06

Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg (2011)

136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg (2011)

136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

Dinner and a movie — in the same place. Need we say more? Well, a few more things: the food is often themed to complement the movie, and there’s a full-service bar. (We know — we want to move in, too.)

07

Rooftop Cinema Club at Yotel (2015)

570 10th Avenue, Manhattan

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The Rooftop Cinema Club got its start in London, but since hopping the pond, it’s had a lovely home on the roof of the Yotel Hotel, where you can settle into striped seats, sip on champagne, and watch movie both old and new. (Also fun: With the price of your ticket comes a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, so you never have to worry about missing a line.)

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (2016)

445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (2016)

One of the newest theaters on the list, the Austin import is also a food-and-film kind of place, set inside Brooklyn’s newly opened Dekalb Market Hall. That means you can eat at the Alamo, then eat again at the hall, gourmet food court-style. Gluttony at its finest.


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Up next: Roxy Cinema at The Roxy Hotel (2017)

Up next: Roxy Cinema at The Roxy Hotel (2017)

The Roxy Hotel’s theater is currently undergoing renovations, but if the mini-facelift turns out as fabulous as the rest of the hotel — and its brunch — we think it’ll be our new obsession.

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