It’s February, so right now you’ve either got slush the studios are too embarrassed to release when audiences are paying attention, a couple of horror movies, an inexplicable huge action movie that probably should have been released in the spring or summer, and awards season offerings.
But wait… There are alternatives!
Repertory and ‘art house’ theaters are awesome places you can go to see something different and maybe even something older. Don’t just confine yourself to watching stuff at home, since seeing movies in a theater –especially older movies, even ones you’re familiar with- is a great experience, and not enough people take advantage of it. If you’re a student, you might even get discounted tickets!
Below is a listing of some great repertory and art house theaters I know of, and this list is up for expansion.
New York City (plus Queens and Brooklyn) – Film Forum, Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Film Society of Lincoln Center, IFC Center, Metrograph, Nitehawk, Alamo Drafthouse NYC, Museum of the Moving Image, Spectacle, Videology, BAMcinematek
And I have to mention the invaluable Screen Slate, which shows all of the repertory theater showtimes in the NYC area.
Rochester, NY - The Little Theatre
Pittsburgh – Row House
Portland, OR – The Hollywood Theater
Seattle – Cinerama
Silver Spring, MD – AFI Silver
Minneapolis - Trylon
London - The Prince Charles Theater
There are also limited one-night-only national revivals of films through companies like Fathom Events.
I’d also recommend Filmstruck, a streaming service from the likes of Turner Classic Movies, The Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley, which hosts a plethora of films that are conspicuously absent from other streaming services.
As for good movies in theaters right now; Hidden Figures, La La Land (though opinions vary wildly on that one), The Red Turtle, Elle (Trigger Warning), and Moonlight I feel are very much worth seeing. Like I said earlier, there’s a lot of prestige movies out at the moment, so now is the time to see them on the big screen.
So what are we watching folks? And what do you recommend others watch?