When summer ends, the Hollywood blockbusters follow. As the weather cools, more and more prestige films starting screening in the city’s independent cinemas in a race to gain momentum for Oscar season.
Here in the Village we’re lucky to have some of New York’s best independent movie houses close-by.
Here they are:
IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave.) is a five screen independent movie house that focuses on cult films, festivals, documentaries and is always reliable for featuring the Oscar-nominated short films that even Academy voters are unlikely to see. Don’t miss their organic popcorn with real butter.
Cinema Village (22 East 12th St.)is a Greenwich Village institution since it opened in 1963. Its three screens play host to “highly alternative” independent films. With its signature programming, Cinema Village has become a film destination for the city.
Village East City Cinemas (181 - 189 2nd Ave.) once housed the off-Broadway productions of Grease and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but now features an array of eclectic films. The restored movie house screens everything from premiere blockbusters to independent art films. They have great student discounts on Tuesdays and always have hit movies that have already left theaters elsewhere.
The Quad Cinema (34 West 13th St.) is a tiny collection of screens right here in Greenwich Village that has been owned and operated by the same family since 1972. It’s the go-to cinema for small indie films that you won’t even see at IFC, Angelika or Sunshine.
Catch a movie this soon in the Village. Who knows? It might be this year’s Best Picture winner…