IFC Center

323 Sixth Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

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RHETT52 on March 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

I’ve never been there but after reading many reviews I think I will not attend this theater. Why pay $14+ to see a movie with a small screen, bad ambience and questionable projection. I have a big 80" screen and projector at my home. I went to the Angelika a while back and was not impressed at all, I like Film Forum though.

NYer on March 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm

On February 28 1988 John Waters & Divine made a personal appearance on opening night. Unfortunately Divine, in what could have been a career changing performance, would pass away 10 days later. “Hairspray” would spawn a huge Tony winning musical and award winning big screen remake. Ad in photo section.

John Fink
John Fink on September 23, 2015 at 11:43 am

The Cornelia Street facade looks like one of the New School’s outposts in the West Village. I hope they can make it work – 6 new screens is great (I just hope they’re more like the original theaters and not theater #5 – which appears to be getting flipped around in the new design – hopefully that’ll will mean a bigger screen. They may want to reconsider how the theaters will be numbered too – it may be a confusing building to navigate with a few theaters downstairs, two theaters upstairs in one part of the building, and a few on floors 2 and 3 in another part of the building (presumably accessed differently – – although maybe not – it looks like they’re relocating the elevator).

theatrefan on September 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

Thanks for that Al, They could make it blend in a little bit better with the existing architecture on Cornelia St. instead of making it look like every other modern building that’s built nowadays. Looks like they also wanted to shift the ticket booth over and have it flanked by a set of doors on either side at the front entrance.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

The rejected expansion rear exterior design can be seen here.

theatrefan on September 22, 2015 at 10:54 am

Thanks Ken Roe, you can see those bare brick walls in auditorium #1. I remember being at the Waverly many years ago, for some reason I remember it being more on the modern side of theatre design.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 22, 2015 at 10:44 am

Yes, It was gutted back to the bare brick walls. I saw it being done on a visit I made to NYC in early-2005. Nothing of the original interior decorations were saved.

theatrefan on September 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

When they converted this place from the Waverly to the IFC, did they basically gut it to the bare walls? I was here for Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte last night in Auditorium #1 and all I could see was bare brick walls & exposed ceiling duct-work, talk about the lack of ambiance. Guess that unfinished style is in nowadays, the post industrial grungy half finished style.

John Fink
John Fink on August 27, 2015 at 10:30 pm

An expansion to 11 screens is on the books: http://www.indiewire.com/article/exclusive-new-yorks-ifc-center-plans-to-expand-location-more-than-doubling-screens-and-seats-20150826

DavidZornig on May 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

1966 photo added of Simon & Garfunkel on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, courtesy of Bob Greenhouse. Waverly in the background.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I saw “2001” here three years ago in the small upstairs theater. Saw it again tonight in the main theater, with the biggest screen. Size does matter when it comes to “2001”.

ChrisHe on November 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I hate it when I end up in Cinema 5. There is about 10 feet between the screen & the back row. Fortunately, I’ve always managed to get a seat in the back row.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on July 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Seating is 480 total.
1: 210
2: 114
3: 61
4: 60
5: 35

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I lived in the space next to the Waverly in the early nineties. It eventually became part of the current IFC cinema remodel in 1999.

zoetmb on July 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Unless those extra two screens were carved out of the original three, it can’t be 385 seats. When it was 3 screen, they were 220, 120 and 70=410.

Garth on June 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

Saw the remake of “Maniac” here yesterday.Not a bad theatre, and one of very few that would show this film,even in Manhattan. The film is unrated but it would certainly be NC-17 for extreme violence.The patrons and staff don’t have that uppity attitude like some other downtown art houses.Once at Film Forum a patron in front of me turned and stared daggers every time my seat squeaked. Tickets here are $13.50.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

On Saturday night I attended a midnight showing of “2001: A Space Odyssey” here. It was in one of the smaller upstairs auditoriums, and the screen wasn’t as big as I was hoping, but the movie was as spellbinding as ever. It was my 57th theatrical viewing of the film, but I’d never seen it at midnight. It took me back 40 years or so when I’d see ads for midnight shows of “2001” at the Ziegfeld, and how I wished I was old enough to attend such shows. Finally fulfilled that ambition …

John Fink
John Fink on July 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

Chuck’s link from Jan 18 shows The Waverly Cafe (to the right of the entrance, which was probably at that time only open for “special events” at that time – I think the cafe only operated for a year) and the Jul 27 link shows the empty store front. In place of the Cafe are two auditoriums: one that’s acceptable (4), the other that is downright shameful (5). 5 is currently showing Valhalla Rising – you’d be better off watching it on your iPhone 4 than in that auditorium (I saw it on a huge screen at TIFF last September, it’s meant to be seen that way).

BrianF on December 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Tinsel: The sentence says “WAS” a funky little two screen house. I was General Manager of the Waverly around 1987-1989 while it indeed was just that. I think that’s a very funny and apt description of the way it WAS. The place was usually packed while I was there. Everyone remembers LarryA the Doorman (he really loved India), BeeshamT the concessionist, and remember the girl concessionist who looked just like Geena Davis?

John Fink
John Fink on December 23, 2009 at 8:00 am

It wasn’t his best film and there was maybe only about 15 people at the 7:40 show. It’s also playing day and date on IFC’s on demand channel. Herzog’s other new movie, My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done had the big house.

KingBiscuits on December 23, 2009 at 1:09 am

Wow, how did Francois Ozon’s new film get dumped into a 60 seat auditorium on opening weekend?

John Fink
John Fink on December 23, 2009 at 12:45 am

As luck would have it, I saw two films tonight at IFC – both were in the new theaters, sandwiched under Theater 3 on the ground floor in what used to be the short lived and overpriced Waverly. (I once had crab cakes there, they were okay but there’s too many better places to eat within a few blocks).

The theaters haven’t been renumbered so 1, 4 and 5 are on the street floor, upstairs are 2 and 3. Theater 4 is okay, decent screen, about 60+ seats, tiered seating, digital and film projection. IFC sure doesn’t have Sony 4K projection, the colors were off, not sure if it was the digital file but some of the shots of the sky in Ricky were pixelated and discolored in hot spots, it was like watching a bad streaming video (maybe the were streaming it from IFC’s on demand network, kidding). I would have told the staff, but I would doubt they’d care.

Next up was Antichrist in Theater 5, a tiny all digital theater. I walked in and didn’t see a projector, thinking this was perhaps real projection I looked up, following the light. Directly above the first row was a digital projection sandwiched above with a close circuit camera to monitor presentation remotely.

The theater had about 35 seats, very comfortable but the projection again wasn’t that high quality. They probably went to Office Depot and bought there most expensive projector. The screen was a decent size although the auditorium layout was a little awkward, 3 rows of stadium seating, and two rows on the floor. The screen was small for a regular theater, but since it’s close the audience (I know, sounds like the scam IMAX is running with “perception”), but the projector showed all the pixels, while sharp and in focus, the whites seemed too bright, too artificial. Quick cuts seemed to show the pixels.

If I were you I’d avoid Theater 5, 4 is decent, the original 3 are still the best and have the most comfortable seats (the new ones have different but very comfortable seats similar to the seats Clearview installs although they are cloth and not fake leather). The IFC Center is still interesting as its a for-profit subsidiary of a major evil corporation (Cablevision) but behaves like an NFP with its special screenings, membership club, and mailing list. Still I worry that the theater exists mostly to fulfill some contractual obligation between filmmakers and IFC when they sell their films to IFC. Granted it’s playing a lot of non-IFC films, but it has been known to be a dumping ground and much as it’s provided an outlet for some great independent and documentaries to be seen. My objection is the pre-show: if I see two features during the same week, I’ll have to sit through the same pre-show: the same short (thank god they’re over Greenporno), most of the same trailers, and ads, it’s almost as bad as say, your local Regal or AMC. Customer service at IFC has also gone downhill, their staff doesn’t seem to be happy to be there, when you walk in they simply rip your ticket and tell you where to go, verses opening with something like “welcome to IFC Center”. It’s depressing how its gone downhill even as its writing a new chapter in its history with two new theaters, relying on cheap digital projection they practically are driving customers to IFC on demand and away from the theater. Maybe that’s part of their underlining strategy, but it sucks for those of us that are excited to see new films from world class filmmakers, in a facility that’s lowered its standards.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm

If they used the used the bar area for theatre space then my former loft apartment is now rightfully a movie theatre and all is right with the world.

Where did the WAVERLY marquee sign go? It was once in the bar.