Gothamist released a list of the 12 Best Movie Theaters
in NYC today, and two of them are in Brooklyn, which means Brooklyn has 1/6 of the best movie theaters in the city, 17 percent if you round up
. We're happy for BAM and Nitehawk, "The Best Movie Theater in Brooklyn" and "Best Dinner and a Movie Experience," respectively, but if you're like me and only cross the river to see productions of Shakespeare plays, you probably want to know about other places in our fair borough you might catch a flick. So, here you go. You're welcome!
Best Theater for Matinees: The Alpine
Matinee prices at the Alpine are $7, which is ridiculous. Full price tickets are $9, which is also pretty ridiculous. I love this place. Many Bay Ridge locals hate on their local multiplex, but haters are gonna hate; personally, I'm happy to have a fucking movie theater in my neighborhood when so many go without. Otherwise I'd have to take a subway to Park Slope to see The Last Exorcism II
, which would be as ridiculous as those aforementioned ticket prices. [photo
Best Theater for Movies You Never Heard Of: reRun
The movies shown at this DUMBO gastropub theater are generally culled from the festival circuit, indies you probably wouldn't have the chance to see in New York if they weren't showing here. You might not know the stars or the directors, but fuck it, take a chance. Two movies
directed by Alex Karpovsky from Girls
recently opened at Lincoln Center. But a movie he starred in
opened the week before at reRun, and it was better! [photo
Best Theater with a Parking Lot: The Sheepshead Bay UA
I included this place, which I haven't been to since I saw Freddy vs. Jason
, just so I could tell this story: my parents very rarely see a movie in the theaters, but at the end of 2011 Avatar
had so saturated the culture that they figured they'd see what all the hoopla was about. So they fired up the automobile and drove out to this multiplex, got there late, quickly grabbed 3D glasses, and ran into the theater. They sat through the movie in the first row, confused why it was so blurry and quite underwhelmed by the effects, and when the lights went on almost three hours later they realized they were wearing different glasses from everyone—regular 3D glasses for an IMAX screen. (They sat through the entire movie.
) The management gave them free passes and they returned a week or two later and got the right glasses and thought that visually Avatar
was actually quite good! [photo
Best Theater with a Bad Reputation: The Pavilion
I went on a date recently to the UA on Court Street
because the girl, even though she lived in Park Slope, didn't want to go to the Pavilion! I don't get it, you guys. It doesn't really have bedbugs. I've never had a problem with the customer service. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's not like it's the best theater ever: some of the screens are small, some of the seats are fucked up (at least the last time I was there, which was a while ago because no one will go with me), etc. etc. But the way people avoid this place like the plague is, let's say, overreacting.
Other Great Theaters You Might Patronize
Including but not limited to Brooklyn Heights Cinema (while you still can!), Cobble Hill Cinema, and Spectacle.
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