Art and Indie Film Venues in NYC
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street
Conceived and long operated by Jonas Mekas, anthology has been an epicenter of sorts for avant garde filmmakers in the city. They regularly screen classics, and devote a substantial amount of programming time to new filmmakers. If you're making films in a basement somewhere, this would be the place you go, get friendly with the film lovers who work there, and probably get to screen your work.
209 West Houston Street near Varick Street
One of the leading movie houses for independent screenings. They specialize in NYC theatrical premiers of American independent and foreign art films. They have a strong curatorial emphasis on work that deals with social and political issues, and also offer a good documentary programming.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street near Broadway
Founded to celebrate American and international cinema, the film society is immensely popular and lends a certain prestige to the indie films it chooses for screening.
French Institute Alliance Francaise
55 East 59th Street near Broadway
Well, yeah, it seems fitting that the film-loving French would have an outpost in this city too. Some incredibly good selections of contemporary and classics of French filmmaking.
323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street
Excellent, excellent independent films from all over the world, screened daily.
Museum of Modern Art
11 west 53rd Street near Fifth Avenue
The MoMa has a huge archive of films and is an incredible place to get your film history education. With screenings several times a day, and and free access to all films with the purchase of a membership. That's a veeery good deal if you're intending to see a lot of films.
143 East Houston
Excellent arthouse cinema with not a Hollywood blockbuster in sight.
Angelika Film Center & Cafe
18 West Houston
Features independent foreign and domestic films, and has an excellent waiting area with cafe for socializing before and after the films. It's well-attended and on weekends many shows sell out, so it's better to book tickets in advance.
22 East 12th Street
Three-screen cinema specializing in provocative independent and foreign films.
Tribeca Cinemas and Tibeca Film Institute
375 Greenwich Street
54 Varick Street
Tribeca Cinemas is home to the Tribeca Film Festival and regularly screens other films and documentaries throughout the year. Tribeca Film institute is connected to the cinemas and gives grants for the production of important documentary film projects.