Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday Theatre Review: Angelika Film Center

Weekly to a new feature here at Movies with Abe, Thursday Theatre Review. As a resident of one of the world’s foremost movie capitals, I’ve been to a number of movie theatres in New York City and have developed preferences. There’s no perfect theatre, but there are a few things that can make or break a movie-going experience. In no particular order, this is a guide to movie theatres in Manhattan.

Angelika Film Center

Location: At 18 West Houston St at the corner of Mercer St, it’s just a few blocks down from Washington Square Park. The R, W, B, D, F, V, and 6 are all right next door, so it’s pretty easy to access.

Pricing: Tickets are currently $13.00 at the box office, and you can also use discounted tickets provided by NYU’s Ticket Central, Working Advantage, a group showing, or by purchasing Screen Saver Tickets in bulk. Those usually end up being somewhere between $7.00 and $8.50 depending on how you do the math.

Film selection: Excellent. This is a fantastic place for independent cinema in New York City. The big advantage is that the theatre often continues to play movies for a very long time after they’re released, which is great. I’ve also had the pleasure of doing a quadruple feature at the Angelika, where I spent the whole day there, from 11am to 7pm, seeing “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Wackness,” “Frozen River,” and “Elegy.” Currently playing: “Solitary Man,” “The Secret in their Eyes,” “City Island,” “Micmacs,” and “Greenberg” (first released in March and still playing!).

Bonus features: The popcorn is delicious. Not only that, but the theatre has a full café upstairs where you can purchase non-concession items to enjoy either with your film, in the lounge, or on the go.

Worth the trip? Yes, absolutely. Though you have to purchase a pass in advance to earn a discount, it’s definitely worthwhile.

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