Black Hat wrote:
From what I understand they're supposed to be renovating the place.
The renovation is actually an expansion. There's been a vacant lot behind the theater that sits on Cornelia Street. IFC (er the Dolans) wants to expand into the lot but the community has been fighting it. Especially the folks that live and work on Cornelia Street. If anyone knows Cornelia Street, it's a quaint little street with old New York style residential apartments and a cluster of small but popular restaurants. And of course, IFC is owned by the Dolan family. They have as much NY cred as the Trump family. So, not very popular. I believe it's still being negotiated but the community board is a bear to deal with. So, who knows what the outcome will be.
I've enjoyed Metrograph since they opened. They are definitely getting prints from private collections, have a great screen, and advanced seating so there's no pressure to get there early (cough Film Forum cough).
Unfortunately for me, I have not been able to get to the Metrograph. During the week their afternoon schedule is limited. I prefer afternoon movie going because I wake for work well before the roosters and the worms. But at some point I will get there.
I'll be in NYC this August, what are the cinemas I should try my best to get to? I'm looking for 35mm retrospective more than just whatever will be released during August. I know it's a long way off for the cinemas to release their calendars but what are the most highly praised cinemas?
Your options are pretty large. Drucker named all your options. We try to post some of the calendars and events here if that helps.