5 Best Low-Key Movie Theaters

Where to Catch Indie Flicks

crosby hotel screening room!

Over the soulless multiplex? Movies at these cinephile havens are a cultural treat.

Crosby Street Hotel Screening Room
Most nights the screening room in the ecochic hotel hosts Hollywood royalty and press, but on Sundays the intimate downstairs theater opens to the public. Eschew the three-course dinner deal and go for the cocktail, bar plate, and movie-for-two package priced at $25. Enjoy shorts and recent hits from one of the 99 Jolly Rancher orange seats. Sure, you could Netflix, but isn’t getting out of the house the point?
Showing soon: Kinetic (tonight), Camera Man, In for the Kill

ReRun Theater
Slump onto one of the comfy old car seats to watch the first-run indie films shown here. The gastropub menu includes insanely indulgent popcorn (tossed with brown butter, duck fat, bacon fat, herb salt, garlic, or paprika) and Fender dogs made from steak sausage or duck confit and chicken sausage. Plus, there’s a full bar.
Showing soon: Red White & Blue, Primal

Anthology Film Archives
Thanks to the low-profile entrance, the creaky seats are never packed, so you’ll always feel like you’re in on a secret. Founded by a group of artists in 1969, the movies are still a mix of art house and indie, but they lean toward the obscure. This is where film geeks come to worship.
Showing soon: Zvenigora, Arsenal, Earth/Zemlya

Order dinner from a menu that includes tapas, sushi, and desserts (tamarind wings, tuna dumplings, filet mignon, piadina with Nutella). Then set up at one of the desk chairs spread out auditorium style in front of the seventeen-by-eight-foot screen. Brooklyn Film Festival executive director Marco Ursino chooses the flicks, so there’s a good chance yours is a next big thing.
Showing soon: Samson & Delilah, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Skeletons

Maysles Cinema
Albert Maysles (co-director of cult classic Grey Gardens) founded this homey joint where you can spread out on pillows and catch politically minded docs. Don’t get too comfortable among the cozy trappings though — postscreening forums keep you on your toes. The $10 suggested donation makes it a perfect place for an affordable smarty-pants date.
Showing soon: 1428, Katanga Business, Jazz Mama, Pushing the Elephant

We’re camping out at the theater to see nine movies this month
. Browse our gallery to find out what they are.

Photo: Courtesy of Crosby Street Hotel

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147 Front St
bt Pear & Jay Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11201
289 Kent Ave
@ S 2nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Blvd
bt 127th & 128th Sts
New York, NY 10027
212-582-6050 ext 207
79 Crosby St
bt Prince & Spring Sts
New York, NY 10012
32 2nd Ave
@ 2nd St
New York, NY 10003