IFC Center

323 Sixth Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

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robboehm
robboehm on April 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

This whole business of reserved seats and recliners is outrageous and pricey.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm

What new Landmark megaplex? are you referring to the 8 screener they announced? A megaplex meant many more screens.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

They should renovate this theater like what they’re doing with Landmark’s new megaplex and add reserved seating and recliners.

RHETT52
RHETT52 on March 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

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
NYer on March 15, 2016 at 6:54 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 5:43 pm

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
theatrefan on September 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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 2:47 pm

The rejected expansion rear exterior design can be seen here.

theatrefan
theatrefan on September 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm

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 4:44 pm

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
theatrefan on September 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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 28, 2015 at 4:30 am

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
DavidZornig on May 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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 29, 2013 at 4:02 am

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
ChrisHe on November 1, 2013 at 8:10 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 6:18 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 24, 2013 at 3:47 am

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
zoetmb on July 24, 2013 at 3:23 am

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
Garth on June 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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 7:57 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 1:23 pm

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
BrianF on December 30, 2009 at 4:13 am

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 2:00 pm

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.